Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Alphabet 2006, O - R

O is for Octopus
The Traditional Christmas Octopus that is
Taken December 6th, 2006
Brookings Oregon

This octopus and his friends below are a small part of the civic holiday display that fills Azalea Park in Brookings, Oregon each December.  This is the most elaborate holiday display I have seen in any community.  Brookings has a population of 6,000.  The photos were all taken on December 6th, 2006, using the "Night Landscape" setting on my new Nikon D80 DSLR. This was the first day I had the camera.  Cheers!

 Also the Traditional Holiday Mermaid

 The Traditional Holiday Seahorse

 A Cup of Cheer!

P is for Pilings
Taken December 1st, 2006
Gold Beach, Oregon
Nikon Coolpix L3 camera

This is not the picture included in the book although it was taken at the same location.  The pilings in question are just about all that is left of a salmon cannery built on the south bank of the Rogue River at Gold Beach, Oregon.  I say just about all, because there are some interesting "rock" formations here as well that are not really rocks, but compressed scrap metal from the old "tin" cans used in the cannery.  The original picture was taken at low tide and the ground around the pilings is visible.

Q is for Quilt
Taken December 7th, 2006
Smith River, California

Momma and Grandma used to quilt as a team.  The four quilts shown here were made by the two of them sometime in the 1920s or early 1930s.  They have lived in the family cedar chest until now, as Mother was saving them for when I got married.  With Mother gone, I now have four brand-new 80 year old hand sewn quilts.  All pictures were taken with my Nikon D80 DSLR on December 7th, 2006, in Smith River, California.  The ISO was set at 200, the shutter speed was constant at 1/60th second, the focal length varied from 24 to 38 mm, and the aperture from f /4 to f /5.

If you know what to look for, you can see which stitches were done by Momma (the ones that look machine done) and which by Grandma (the more open, looping stitches).  I can assure you that Momma's were hand done and not done by a machine.

R is for Red
Smith River, California

I would say that R is for Rose, but Roses come in a variety of colors, and this particular rose was as red as anything I've ever seen.  This picture was one of the first taken with my Nikon D80 Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, on December 6th, 2006.  Yes, roses bloom in December in Smith River, California.  Focal length was 50 mm, ISO 140, f /5.6, 1/125 second.

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