Photography and photojournalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Mt. Hood at sunset

Today’s photographs actually were taken for the sheer pleasure of simply observing an attractive scene and taking out my camera. The farm in the image above was taken just outside Canby in Clackamas County, the century-old shack reminding everyone just how long this plot has been producing vegetables for local tables. Mt. Hood, meanwhile, offers a subtle counterpoint.

The photo of a maple tree at right was taken just outside the Wilsonville Public Library earlier this week. According to scientists, the red hues displayed by this and other hardwood tree species is the result of a pigment called anthocyanin, which is not produced in leaf cells until phosphate levels in the soil drop to suitable levels, typically by late September.

This also was a reminder that a lot of times an image is formed in the mind before it’s ever captured on camera. I drive by the farmhouse shown above on a regular basis while taking advantage of the Canby ferry, one of just three operable ferries remaining on the Willamette River.

Because of that, I was already aware of the way the tree next to the shack frames Mt. Hood on sunny days. From there, all I had to do was walk a suitable distance into the field, compose and shoot. What’s not to like about that?


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