B&W photo challenge, day 5

In the same parking lot as my morning Starbucks is a Costco. Usually, it’s my nose that notices Costco first.1 At daybreak, they often bake something delightful. Mmm…

One morning as I was riding by, I glanced and saw four long lines of shopping carts. My first attempt to take a picture bombed, so I got on my knees and took another shot.2

I hope you like it!

Well, that’s the end of my B&W photo challenge. I had a bunch of pictures to choose from, and that’s not even counting most of my pictures of poles.

I’d love to see some of your pictures now.


  1. No, their architecture isn’t much to write home about. Even Walmart makes their big boxes fit into the neighborhood. What’s up, Costco? 
  2. Originally posted August 14, 2014 as “Awaiting the Day.” 

B&W photo challenge, day 4

I am, shall we say, a regular at Starbucks. I leave home a little early so I can pause on the way to work and enjoy my drink there.1 When the weather is nice,2 I’ll sip my drink outside, under the umbrellas, watching everyone else scurry in and out.

Sitting outside one day,3 I glanced up at umbrella pole and saw this. Too cool!4


  1. Going through the Starbucks drive-though is a waste of money. (Yeah, yeah. I hear you saying Starbucks in general is a waste of money… (I think my footnotes need footnotes like my parentheticals need paretheticals)) Starbucks is priced for the in-store experience. As in, go inside and enjoy it on site. So I do. 
  2. As it nearly always is in Oregon… 
  3. Yup. I took this picture during a lunchtime visit. I didn’t say I only visit Starbucks in the morning. ;-) 
  4. I originally posted this picture here, with just a little color. Actually, I think the color adds. 

B&W photo challenge, day 3

I have a swell commute. I ride my bike, rain or shine, about four and a half miles to work. At the end of the day, I ride back home. My commute could be a mile shorter each way, but that would have me biking on a narrower, curvier road where the traffic tends to encroach on the bike lane. It also wouldn’t take me through Dawson Creek park, a beautiful park with expansive lawns, picturesque ponds, and tall trees.

Late last year, each morning on the ride to work, I started taking pictures in the park. It was an interesting exercise in creativity, forcing me to take a publishable shot each day. Even after I broke my streak, I continued to take pictures when the conditions were right.

This is one of those pictures.1


  1. Originally posted as Misty Grove

B&W photo challenge, day 2

Last year in late December, we headed up the Gorge to Walla Walla and Dixie for a memorial service. I stopped at Mayer State Park to take another picture where I’d taken a couple previously.

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

—1 Cor. 13:12-13, The Message

B&W photo challenge, day 1

Facebook friend Steve named me earlier today in his B&W Photo Challenge. I reviewed the pictures I’ve posted here over the past couple of years and selected the photos above. I’ll choose my five pictures from among them. A few of these pictures will need desaturated to be B&W.

As Steve wondered aloud whether I’d post something “taken at altitude,” I started with “Thrust.”

Do you have a favorite?

Veiled Moon

While I rode along Veteran’s Drive,1 I noticed low clouds blowing by the moon. I stopped to take a few pictures, waiting for gaps in the clouds.

While gazing at the moon, I remembered good days for NASA. And I was thankful there was no loss of life in today’s Antares explosion on launch.

Apparently, sending stuff to space is still rocket science.


  1. Which goes through the middle of the field at the south end of the Hillsboro airport, where I used to take lots of pictures

Incoming Transmission

While driving last week, I noticed something strange: a row of power poles had their transmission lines suspended from large pulleys. I’d not seen that before.

The power poles are only a short detour from my typical lunchtime bike ride so I went to investigate earlier this week. One of the workers said they are stringing transmission lines to a new substation. Once the lines are in place, they’ll lift the lines from the pulleys and attach them directly to the insulators.

By today, they had started that process.

Cool. :-)