A New Friend, Jim!
I got my Nikon D1x back from Nikon Repair, the one that I had dropped on cement . They had to replace the complete viewfinder module, not an inexpensive repair. But now the camera is really like brand new. Since I have so much into it I want to keep it, and I love shooting with it. Back when I learned the repair cost, I was reluctant to spend the money and bought a second mint D1x. Now I no longer need two D1x bodies, so decided to sell the other one on ebay.
The camera sold and I was paid immediately. The buyer is a trucker who was coming through Eugene this evening and asked if he could pick the camera up in person. I met him at the Coburg truck stop. He is the nicest guy and I had a great visit with him. He is just now moving to digital from an F4 that he has used for some time. It will be fun to stay in touch with him and help him get used to the D1x. He has some fine lenses to use with it. Of course, I had to shoot a picture of him. It was dark at the truck stop with only light directly overhead, so lighting was tough.
A Walk In The Forest!
A walk in the forest at Dorris Ranch takes one into nature at its best, a wonderful riparian forest. away from civilization, though one is not much more than a mile from downtown Springfield.
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM 'DORRIS RANCH LIVING HISTORY FARM MASTER PLAN UPDATE:'
"Dorris Ranch has one of the best examples of bottomland mixed conifer
deciduous forest anywhere in the Willamette Valley. It is located in a rich
ecosystem near the confluence of the Middle and Coast forks of the
Willamette River, and includes relatively rare elements like Valley
Trying to Stay On Track in the Fog!
We have had extremely foggy weather day and night for a little while, and they expect it t last another week. We have an air stagnation advisory. Among the warnings is the following: " Impacts: air quality can become unhealthy and affect the
Young... elderly and those with respiratory problems." I find it impossible to avoid it.
As I walked in the dark to get my morning latte this morning, I saw this wall of a sports bar. Pretty neat, I thought.
The Song Sparrow is the most widespread sparrow in North America. It nests on or just above the ground. This sparrow was seen at Delta Ponds.
Sunrise over Whilamut Passage Bridge
Looking east from the Knickerbocker footbridge at the sunrise over the new I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge crossing the Willamette River. The name, Whilamut, is in honor of the area’s first native people, the Kalapuya.
"EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) celebrated the completion of the Interstate-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge on Friday. ODOT said the event marked both the bridge’s completion, as well as, celebrated the savings of up to $12 million dollars, about four months of time and more importantly, the culmination of years of collaborative work." (Quote from KEZI 9 News -ABC) SEE - http://www.kezi.com/whilamut-passage-bridge-opens/
Playing in the Snow?
In the winter, the thoughts of many turn to fun in the snow. Oh, the irony of it all!
Seen in the window of a pizza parlor.
Sometimes the lights in early morning performs magic. as when it transforms this wall into beautiful patterns one would never dream of in the daylight.
Rosboro Water Tower and Smoke Stacks
Rosboro, a leading forest products Company, is the 10th largest employer in Springfield, OR. They produce quality glulam, lumber and plywood products from Douglas Fir, a fine tree native to the Northwest. This water tower and smoke stacks along 28th Street dominate the area.
Can a Banana Peel Be Appealing?
On a short walk to get a latte, I saw this discarded banana peel and wondered, Can a banana peel be beautiful? I think so, in its own way!
I know, I know! I'm treading on a slippery subject here and may fall flat on my face. Here's hoping you agree, even if you don't go bananas over it! :)
Lovely Kirk Pond
Kirk Pond lies below Fern Ridge Dam along the north side of Clear Lake Road, opposite the dam on Fern Ridge Lake. It is a "minimally developed day use park with, vault toilets, paved roads, picnic tables, fire rings, trails and a fishing dock. No group picnic areas and no reservations. Fees: none (free area)." ( http://www.ohwy.com/or/k/kirkpark.htm)
One often find birds there, herons, egrets, cormorants, eagles and of course geese and ducks. The beautiful park there is very popular in the summer, and is well used all year round by some who take their walks there or walk their dogs in the area.