Shadow Play

Shadows are ubiquitous. We see them, dawn to dusk, sharp and well defined on a bright, sunny day to barely discernible as daylight fades. They can be softly veiled in pale, indoor light.

We see shadows on the ground or on a wall. It’s a thing of a thing. Or a person. Sometimes the shadow is cast on another object or surface, neither ground nor wall.

Shadows layered over shadows dance together. They make graphic patterns with lines on sidewalks. They make their own abstract shape when cast by sculpture. They can be solid, block like or delicate and lacy. They can’t be contained as they zigzag up and down steps. They’re like wispy tracings or sharp and hard edged depending on the light.

If the shadow gets our attention do we also look for its owner, the thing that cast it? It’s marvelous, isn’t it, that we can tell that the flat shape represents a three dimensional object? But what? It’s sometimes hard to tell, I admit.

The following photos show shadows that I’ve captured, here, there, and everywhere. As you will see, I’ve cast a wide net.

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

After The Rain

After The Rain

Edwards, CO

Cafe, Edwards, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Screened Off

Screened Off

African American Museum, Dallas

African American Museum, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM

George's Place

George’s Place

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

 Round and Round

Round and Round

Circular

Circular

Zigzaging

Zigzag

El Anatsui

El Anatsui

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Juan Fontanive - sculpture

Juan Fontanive – sculpture

Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL

Lisbon

Lisbon

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Courtyard Dallas

Courtyard Dallas

Here are some photos that YOU sent for SHADOW PLAY. Thanks for taking the time to share your vision. Shadows are everywhere, aren’t they?

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Alice Schlein

Alice Schlein

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Moses Hoskins - Isfahan

Moses Hoskins – Isfahan

Stan Feld

Stan Feld

Phillip Goodman

Phillip Goodman

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RoriKnudtson_DeadReckoning_FEB2016

I am happy to also include this link from Rori Knudtson.

http://www.theinfiniteseed.org/

Theme #8 is AROUND THE CORNER, ACROSS THE STREET. Show us the familiar and unfamiliar of either or both. Email your attachments no larger than 1MB by May 15, 2017.

 

 

Details

To see details is to notice the parts isolated from the whole. Without the context we focus on an object’s lines, shapes, colors or textures.

Here are some architectural details from ancient stone edifices to a new bridge whose details seem like line drawings against the sky.

D's Palace, Sp;it

D’s Palace, Sp;it

Cathedral, Zagreb

Cathedral, Zagreb

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Iceland’s Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavek has a mostly clear glass and steel façade. You can see buildings in the distance as well as the structural detail when you get close.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

The distinctive character of a wall, an unusual door handle and metal grillwork look different up close.

DUMBO, NYC

DUMBO, NYC

Kumrovec

Kumrovec

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Japan

Japan

What walls are made of or what’s on them provide great visuals.

Japan

Japan

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

 

Windows have an added dimension when looking for details. Looking through them adds a bit of color, which enhances the detail.

Dallas

Dallas

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

We walk on floors, inside and out. Get low and see their textures, lines and shape.

African American Museum ,Dallas

African American Museum ,Dallas

Lisbon

Lisbon

From bright and shining vintage cars in museums to not so bright and shining, just old, we’re drawn to their colorful details.

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Minturn, CO

Minturn, CO

Then, there is ART. When I stand back and look at the entire piece, i.e. a painting, or move around a sculpture I have one kind of experience. When I move closer I can see the parts (details) making up the whole. I can see how light affects the surface. I can see the negative spaces. I can isolate the colors and textures.

Michelle O'Michael "Metamorph"

Michelle O’Michael “Metamorph”

Juan Fontanive

Juan Fontanive

In my paintings and collages there is the “whole”, composed of many parts in dialogue with one another. A closer look reveals the details.

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24, 2013

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24×24, 2013

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36x36, 2015

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36×36, 2015

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22x30 2016

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22×30 2016

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30x22 2016

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30×22 2016

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

A big thanks to those of you who sent me your shots of DETAILS. Here are some that I selected.

Al Padwa

Al Padwa

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Theme #7 is SHADOW PLAY. I hope you will participate.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by April 3, 2017.

Encounters

Encounters. What I encounter, meet, come upon, find. Or, encounters between people, their conversations, their interactions.

Some encounters fall into the category of “weird and wonderful.”

A Yard For All Seasons

A Yard For All Seasons

A Man's Home Is His Castle

A Man’s Home Is His Castle

India

India

Canton, TX

Canton, TX

 

Close encounters, up close and personal.

Settler's Crossing, TX

Settler’s Crossing, TX

India

India

 

Places that you enter and just stare in awe.

St. Michael's Cave, Gibraltar

St. Michael’s Cave, Gibraltar

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

 

Person to person encounters. Musicians or people talking are oblivious to those around them. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!

Prague

Prague

Vietnam

Vietnam

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Denison, TX

Denison, TX

 

Strange sightings are all around. Close to home and far away.

Abandoned

Abandoned

Up A Tree, Lyons, CO

Up A Tree, Lyons, CO

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 

My encounters with sculpture have me trying to understand it in relation to its material, size/scale and location. How does the setting influence how the sculpture affects me? Cemetery or museum? Outside, in front of a museum, or inside? Sculpture park?

La Recoleta Cemetary, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

KAWS

KAWS

KAWS

KAWS

Todd Kurtzman

Todd Kurtzman

 

I have had wonderful, serendipitous encounters with people all over the world. Kids, especially, are funny, warm and welcoming.

India

India

Boy - Chiloe, Chile

Boy – Chiloe, Chile

Boys - Chile

Boys – Chile

Kids - Calafate, Argentina

Kids – Calafate, Argentina

 

Encounters can be underfoot or on the wall.

Underfoot - Dallas, TX

Underfoot – Dallas, TX

Underfoot - NYC

Underfoot – NYC

On The Wall, Argentina

On The Wall, Argentina

Ghost Sign - Greenville, SC

Ghost Sign – Greenville, SC

On The Wall - Lisbon

On The Wall – Lisbon

Encounters – anywhere and everywhere.

Here are some notable “encounters” from you, dear reader. Thanks for opening our eyes and hearts to the world around us.

Elizabeth Greene-Birds Hilton Head

Elizabeth Greene-Birds Hilton Head

Marla Shainman-Wadi Run Jordan

Marla Shainman-Wadi Run Jordan

Robert Weiss -Nike of Samothrace

Robert Weiss -Nike of Samothrace

Stan Feld-Cambodian Monkey

Stan Feld-Cambodian Monkey

Theme #6 is Details.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by March 6, 2017.

 

Place

What is a place? Where is it? How many different associations with that place are there? Immediate or remembered? What do you think? How do you feel? Do you think/feel differently if the place is busy and crowded or quiet and devoid of people and activity? We move along, passing through some places quickly, maybe not noticing much but feeling the energy of the crowds. Or maybe we don’t and feel alone, surrounded by an anonymous group of strangers. The urban scene can be noisy and colorful.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco, CA

Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tx

Deep Ellum, Dallas, Tx

Reykyavik, Iceland

Reykyavik, Iceland

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Arg.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Arg.

Other places are just right for contemplation. We relax and with heightened senses, linger. We’re apt to do this more in the natural environment than the “built” one. Spending time walking on beaches, along wooded trails, listening to the rush of water at a mountain stream and enjoying the full flower of springtime cherry blossoms can be calming and refreshing.

Lake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise, Canada

Jasper Lake Lodge, Canada

Jasper Lake Lodge, Canada

Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Canon Beach, OR

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

 

There are times, even in the midst of the frenetic activity of city life, when people claim a spot to hang out, catch up or grab a bite to eat. It is their place.

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Buenos Aires, Arg.

Buenos Aires, Arg.

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Eureka, MT

Eureka, MT

Train stations, trains, shrines and churches offer different experiences of place.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Italy

Italy

Castro, Chile

Castro, Chile

Lutheran Church, Reykyavik, Iceland

Lutheran Church, Reykyavik, Iceland

 

There are places that can only be described as “other-worldly.” You know them when you see them. Places with the WOW factor.

Glacieres Ntl. Park, Arg.

Glacieres Ntl. Park, Arg.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadoccia, Turkey

Skutustadir Crater, Iceland

Craters Skutustadir, Iceland

Places close to home or far away have offered me new and exciting experiences as well as moments of repose and contemplation. The place where I return, to work in solitude, is my studio at Woodcreek Ranch. There, I am alone, but never lonely.

Cecelia's art studio, Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Cecelia’s art studio, Woodcreek Ranch, TX

 

I am delighted to include your photos of Place. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Jim deMoye, Sapphire, NC

Jim deMoye, Sapphire, NC

Marla Shainman, Dubai

Marla Shainman, Dubai

Kathryn Campbell-Piper's Reading Nook

Kathryn Campbell-Piper’s Reading Nook

Linda Elkin

Linda Elkin

Ryan Diebel - Prague, Czech Republic

Ryan Diebel – Prague, Czech Republic

Stan Feld - Roundtop, TX

Stan Feld – Roundtop, TX

 

Theme #5 is Encounters.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by February 6, 2017.

I look forward to being inspired by your work in 2017. Happy New Year!

 

 

Reflections

 

Reflections of. Reflections in. Reflections on. How different the world can seem when we notice only a portion of it. Shapes and colors are distorted in strange and wonderful ways depending on the reflecting medium. I like to describe it as shape shifting. The image is somewhat recognizable but somehow different from what we expect.

Some materials are highly reflective like antique cars in a museum, polished to a fare thee well, reflecting people passing by as well as their pricey neighbors.

Antique Car Museum

Antique Car Museum

Antique Car Museum

Antique Car Museum

If the car is outdoors its colorful surroundings are captured on its slick and shiny surface.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe

Sculptures, indoors and out, often have highly reflective surfaces which reflect museum goers, both those studying the sculpture and those photographing it. There is an otherworldly aspect to those reflections.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons

Donald Judd, Marfa

Donald Judd, Marfa

Loveland Sculpture Park, CO

Loveland Sculpture Park, CO

Glass has a way of capturing and altering what it reflects. Sometimes it reflects what is in the immediate vicinity. Sometimes it lets us see through it and beyond in multiple layers.

Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Broad Museum, LA

Broad Museum, LA

Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas

Trammel Crow Building, Dallas

Trammel Crow Building, Dallas

Glassware

Glassware

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Water has its own special way of mesmerizing us with its reflections. This is shape shifting at its best. Wiggly, elusive images which change depending on the time of day and the light.

Venice Canals, CA

Venice Canals, CA

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The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Inside and out, buildings often present multiple images, reflection upon reflection.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland

Northpark Mall, Dallas

Northpark Mall, Dallas

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Look at water and architecture for playful abstract patterns of shape and color.

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And now, YOUR photos! Thanks for letting us see what you see.

Elizabeth Greene - Libby

Elizabeth Greene – Libby

Marla Shanman - Rome

Marla Shainman – Rome

Moses Hoskins - Isfahan

Moses Hoskins – Isfahan

Stan Feld - Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Stan Feld – Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Phil Goodman

Phil Goodman

Next – Theme #4 is PLACE. It’s a word with many meanings. Literal or figurative. What’s your take on it? Get your photos ready and send them to me as email attachments no larger than 1MB JPG by January 4, 2017.

Urbanity

I didn’t think urbanity was a real word, but it is. urbanity – noun. urban life. What I had in mind for this theme was anything that gave us a sense of life in an urban setting. What is the feel of an urban space? What is the experience?

For me, it’s often people, lots of them. Crowded sidewalks, busy streets. People, traffic, noise. You sense the cacophony all around you.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

NYC

NYC

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sometimes the streets are devoid of people, but the architecture let’s you know it’s a cityscape.

NYC

NYC

 

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

The Modern, Ft. Worth, TX

Buenos Aires, Argentine

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

High Line, NYC

High Line, NYC

London

London

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

NYC

NYC

 

A lot happens on the sidewalks of a big city. People make the sidewalk an extension of their home. They jam for us, they eat, they just hang out. They’re not always coming and going. The camaraderie belies the anonymity of urban life.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Calafate, Argentina

Calafate, Argentina

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

 

Here are some of YOUR photos! I am delighted to include them. Thanks for sharing your view of “urbanity.” You’ve made our day a little more interesting.

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Elizabeth Greene - Fishfry

Elizabeth Greene – Fish Fry

Moses Hawkins - Florence

Moses Hawkins – Florence

Audrey Greene

Audrey Greene

Robert Weitz - Chicago

Robert Weitz – Chicago

Theme #3 is “Reflections.” Gather up those photos and send them to me as email attachments, smaller than 1MG, by November 21, 2016.

 

Markets – Fleas & Farmers’

Farmers’ Markets can be found all over the world. You probably have one in your home town. Some, like the Triana Market in Seville, Spain, are indoors. Here, vendors stack their fruits and veggies in beautiful arrangements surrounded by tile walls naming their spaces.

Triana Market, Seville

Triana Market, Seville

Fish!

Triana Market, Seville

Triana Market, Seville

Most markets are outdoors, spring through fall. From Boulder, Colorado and Portland, Oregon to far flung places like India, Ljubljiana (Slovenia), Turkey and Vietnam, markets are here, there, and everywhere. The intersection of people and commerce is always a lively event.

Boulder Tomatoes

Boulder Tomatoes

High Finances-Portland

High Finances-Portland

Ljubljiana Lady

Ljubljiana Lady

Turkey Market

Turkey

Vietnam Street Market

Vietnam Street Market

Vietnam Peppers-Street Market

Vietnam Street Market

India

India

Flea markets are a little different. Wander around a flea market and you’ll find a little bit of everything, cheap or dear, junk or “junque.” Something old, something new. There are treasures every week at the San Telmo market in Buenos Aires. Closer to home one can find the fun and funky by the side of the river in Redstone, Colorado. On the street or inside there is something for everyone.

San Telmo Market-Buenos Aires

San Telmo Market-Buenos Aires

San Telmo Market-Buenos Aires

San Telmo Market-Buenos Aires

Redstone, Colorado

Redstone, Colorado

Tangier, Morocco

Tangier, Morocco

Casablanca

Casablanca

India

India

Minturn, Colorado

Minturn, Colorado

Alaska

Alaska

Turkey

Turkey

Thanks to all of you who sent me photos for this theme. Here are a few which, for me, capture the theme’s spirit.

Bruce Schlein M.D.

Bruce Schlein

Al Padwa

Al Padwa

Ginger Mynatt

Ginger Mynatt

Next up – Theme #2 – “Urbanity.” Lots of room for interpretation. Send me an email with attached jpg files, no larger than 1MB each by October 24, 2016.

What’s Underfoot or Looking Down Can Be Rewarding

I will be exhibiting photographs from my “Underfoot” series at Ilume Gallerie in Dallas from June 17 – July 16, 2016. The show features a variety of subject matter from a diverse group of photographers.

Here are several from that series which focus attention on what lies beneath our feet. The streets and sidewalks everywhere show human presence in their markings and signage. Many have an abstract quality to them. Some are explicit some are not. They are always colorful.

I’ve selected a few for this pre-show peek.

Underfoot Edwards, CO

Underfoot Edwards, CO

Underfoot Dallas, TX

Underfoot Dallas, TX

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot Boulder, CO

Underfoot Boulder, CO

Underfoot Greenville, SC

Underfoot Greenville, SC

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot NYC

The Opening Reception is Friday June 17, 6-9pm

Ilume Gallerie

4123 Cedar Springs, Suite 107

Dallas, TX 75219

www.ilumegallerie.com

Hope to see you there!

 

NYC – It’s All About The Food

New York in the spring can bring any kind of weather even snow, which was predicted for the day we left the city. The floral dresses and short sleeves of a few weeks ago were replaced for a day or two with basic black, puffy coats and umbrellas. Temperatures ranged from 70 to 38 with a little rain and wind for good measure. Our preferred mode of travel in NYC is walking, followed by the subway and bus when necessary.

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

A big part of the New York experience is food. Different neighborhoods, different ethnic inspired foods. What variety! It’s a true melting pot. The Lower East Side has been home to many immigrant groups, each contributing to the ever changing food landscape. Gentrification is occurring in the area (boutique hotels replacing tenement apartment buildings, skyrocketing rents) but some things never change. Or haven’t, yet.

NYC Lower East Side

NYC Lower East Side

Changes Occur

Changes Occur

NYC Lower East Side

NYC Lower East Side

We joined a group with Free Tours By Foot for a glimpse, actually a taste, of mostly Jewish Eastern European culinary delights on their Lower East Side itinerary.

First stop – Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery, a neighborhood staple since 1910, founded by a Romanian immigrant, who first peddled his wares in Coney Island. How does one describe a “knish?” Mashed potato wrapped in dough doesn’t quite do it justice. It must be eaten hot! Huge. Enough for several people. An egg cream chaser hit the spot. This favorite drink from my NY childhood has neither eggs nor cream. It’s a fountain drink that does not come in a bottle. Whole milk is added to chocolate syrup, followed by a careful addition of cold seltzer (soda water). Stir! Sip! Yum!

Yonah Schimmel's

Yonah Schimmel’s

 

Yonah Schimmel's

Yonah Schimmel’s

 

Have A Knish

Have A Knish

We stopped at Russ and Daughters, but did not partake. R & D was founded 100 years ago and is still going strong. The emphasis is on pickled and smoked fish but there are many other items on the menu. Believe it or not, recipes are on their website.

Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters

 

Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters

Judging by the crowds in Katz’s delicatessen, everyone who comes to New York eats there. It was a mad house so we didn’t stay to have one of their famous mile high pastrami sandwiches. This NY institution was founded in 1888. It’s where “Harry Met Sally.”

Katz's Deli

Katz’s Deli

At The Pickle Guys barrels and barrels of pickled goodies (not just pickles) beckon. There were many pickle stores on Essex Street at the turn of the 20th century. Stanley Feld warmly reminisces about “Jake, the pickle man.” Today, there is only the The Pickle Guys.

Pickles Galore!

Pickles Galore!

C & C Prosperity Dumplings has branched out from its original location in Chinatown. The dumplings are made to order and include vegetarian options. Delicious!

A Whole Lot of Dumplings

A Whole Lot of Dumplings

As if we weren’t full enough we had to have a doughnut at Doughnut Plant, our last stop. It was hard to choose. There were filled (jam, cream, custard), yeast, Tres Leches, and Blackout, among them. We went with the Valrone chocolate covered. A gourmet doughnut!

Everyone Loves Doughnuts

Everyone Loves Doughnuts

The nice thing about Free Tours By Foot is that you only pay for what you eat, a little or a lot. A gratuity for the guide is appreciated.

Autumn Along The Oregon Coast

To get to Ashland, Oregon and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Stanley and I decided to go by way of the Oregon coast. We started in Portland, headed south along the coast, then turned east to Ashland, stopping at several beach towns along the way.

Portland has a lot to offer within a reasonable walking distance from downtown. It’s reputation as a “foodie” town is well founded. For drinking and driving try the Brewcycle (we did not). Fortunately, there seemed to be an “official” driver. What a fun way to get around!

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There are restaurants and food trucks galore. Dessert, anyone?

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Not all the art in Portland resides in its museums. I saw two very different walls. One might have been commissioned, the other probably not.

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Some street markings for my “Underfoot” theme.

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The BIG Saturday market reminded me of the Arlo Guthrie song “You Can Get Anything You Want At ….” It’s under and around the bridge and near the river. It was a perfect day for shoppers and vendors alike. Colorful wares, busy sellers and musicians playing jazzy tunes. What could be better?

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Leaving Portland we made our way to the coast. First stop – Astoria, on the banks of the Columbia River. It is the oldest American community west of the Mississippi. There is a lot of Lewis and Clark history about. Our hotel was at the water’s edge, almost under the Astoria-Megler bridge which connects to Washington state. Miss the turn to the hotel and you are in Washington. We did.

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Astoria is a port town. We took in the sights along the waterfront, walking to the center of town. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather. The birds were happy, too.

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To the coast! Cannon Beach is charming, at its best without the summer crowds. Shops, restaurants and art galleries to explore.

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We walked the almost deserted beach at sunset. The changing colors of the sea and sky transfixed us. It was a show just for the two of us.

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Newport next. A beach town whose waterfront is an interesting combination of industry (fishing) and shops and restaurants for tourists. It’s a bit “gritty”, not all gussied up. A walk along the water revealed this combination, plus a little funk.

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On to Ashland, our last stop, where we explored the town and markets each day before heading to the evening’s play at OSF. Remember the reason for the trip? BTW OSF is not only Shakespeare.

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Jacksonville is close by and offers offices, shops and restaurants (more eating!) in well-preserved 19th century buildings.

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I even found some “ghost” signs like this one, a reminder of things past.

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It was hard to leave Oregon. Another time, another trip.

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