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Friday, October 15, 2010

hi ho to the Oregon coast we go...

Several months back I received a call from a young lady in Oregon inquiring whether or not I would be willing to come to Oregon to shoot her wedding. Having been to Oregon on two occasions already I eagerly replied YES!

So this past Wednesday my mom and I boarded a plane headed for Oregon. Once we arrived, we decided to visit the Grotto, a Catholic shrine and a botanical garden, and wow so lovely and impressive!  The temp was hovering around 65 degrees and the sun was close to setting.  By the way, my favorite time of day. Then we checked into our room, found a local mall,  ate a bite and just happened upon a Goodwill store.  What a combo!  Thursday morning, 5 a.m. we were up and running.  We traveled into the mountains, all the way to Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge. a breath taking experience.  I can't describe it any better.

We wandered back down the mountain and saw a little sign that said "Alpacas" turn here. We were ready for some adventure, so that is just what we did.  It was an Alpaca farm, started 11 years ago by a man and his wife.  The Alpacas were having lunch in the barn and I fell in love with those sweet little faces.  The Alpacas have to be sheared once a year and the fur is sent off to be spun into Alpaca yarn.  This farmer and his wife sell the yarn at a quaint store right next to their home as well as online.  They were very, very nice folks indeed.

While we were making our way to the Alpaca farm we saw apple and pear orchards. I really wanted a pear but just getting out and snatching one was "just not right"  so, we made a u'ey in search of someone that would give us permission to pick a pear.  We ran into an elderly gentleman as he was preparing to take a truck load of pears to the warehouse just up the road. We learned that he came home from the war in 1947 and bought his property and started raising apples and pears.  He told us all about the different kinds of pears he grew and loaded our bag down with 3 different types.  It was funny though, cause I had been taking pics throughout our journey and as he was talking to us I was pointed my camera at him and that stirred him all up, he got all nervous and was trying his best to get out of the way of getting "shot" with the camera.  I eased his concerns and got a great pic that tells a story, a story I'll never forget.  His name was Harrison.

Our day from there was full of more and more to die for scenery. We took the national scenic highway along the Comumbian River Gorge, we drove along the Dalles, saw Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls,  found a quaint restaurant called the Elephant Delicatessen.  There were two very nice ladies that sat nearby and as we struck up a conversation, they insisted that we try some of their pumpkin pizza!   

Throughout the day I made contact with Tiffany Davies. She wanted me to take pics of Savannah (6) and Olivia (almost 2).  A lady from the Davies church invited us to stay at her beach house and so after
our last excursion through another Goodwill,  we made a 1 1/2 hour drive to Lincoln City, Oregon.  We scrambled to bed and awoke to a breath taking view of the Pacific Coast.  Tiffany met me at the beach house at 11 and off we went, across the street to romp in the sand and sun.  I was so nervous.... I had never taken beach photos before especially when the sun is high up.  It is very difficult, especially with two little ones that are as excited as field mice.  These were two very sweet little girls.  I have to be careful here, but I must admit, Olivia reminded me so much of Miss. Beatrice but with Bensons personality and Savannah looks like Benson and has Miss. Beastrice's personality.  I had a blast, and Tiffany was honey sweet.  I loved her from the get go.

So, here ya go, a few from the session today and I'll post Oregon pics when I land safely home.

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Our view from the beach house.
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Throwing Cheerios to the Gulls
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After a much needed change of clothes and a snack we headed to a place called Roads End and captured these.
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The last thing I heard Savannah say as I left their vehicle, was "I Love You" See, sweet as honey

just like her MOM...

2 comments:

Crystal said...

God Bless you and your Talent. The pictures of Savanah and Livi are just beautiful.

Jane said...

Hi Cynthia!
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Roads End to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Jane

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