Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


364 Miles of Color

364 Miles of Color

“O sweet spontaneous earth”
— E.E. Cummings

So these first two images were not actually taken this week, or even mine, incidentally. My little sister needed help with her photography assignment, so my dad and I put in a little effort to help her get some incredible shots for the class. If she hasn't seen them already, I think Izzy's teacher is gonna be so impressed with her. The shot of the lemons took four people. My dad was standing behind the lemons with a fill light to add depth to the water droplets, my mom held the umbrella over Izzy who was pressing the shutter, and I had the fun job of spraying water in the air! It was an excellent display of teamwork, and it looks like a shot you'd see in a cooking magazine. The rose was fun. To get the soft shadows, we had Izzy set the camera for a long exposure (30 seconds) and I waved a flashlight around in circles for the duration of the shot. 

This week had a great start to it though, when my postcards finally came in the mail! My boss decided she wanted to sell my pictures as postcards in our gift shop, and she was so gung-ho about the idea, she bought the card stand the next day! It makes me super happy to see my pictures on display like this, and the finish on the front side of these makes these very pleasent to pick up. 

Also this week, we had an employee appreciation party! This gave me Tuesday off, with which I used most excellently to have a (super quick) coffee with my sister in Salem, and a fantastic lunch with a friend of mine I hadn't seen in three and a half years! I knew it was going to take about an hour to get out to Salem that morning, so I looked at my watch and decided I had to leave. Turns out I read it wrong. I got there an hour early, so I took a stroll in the rain until I came across the Capitol. I then spent the next 30 minutes hunched underneath the cover of my coat taking pictures. I got tired of waiting for umbrellas to walk by for the second shot though, so I finally ran out to the nearest one and asked the man holding it if he could walk on my path instead. He did, and I got the shot. I will say I don't like the second one though. Everything is too squished in the top of the picture.

After coffee with Caitlin I booked it out to Mcmenamins to meet Celia. This place was so cool! I hope this isn't weird to be excited about, but they have this intricate network of piping above the urinals with gauges and dials all over, and when you flush all the gauges quiver to show the pressure. It's a pretty cool display. I also discovered Blackberry Cider, which I have to say is pretty incredible.

We had a pleasant lunch, and I had an awesome time catching up with her, but I soon had to leave. Thinking I was going to be late, I left Corvallis in a flash and booked it all the way back to the hotel, and made it just before everyone else started to show up. The employee party was actually really fun! I wasn't sure what it was going to be like hanging out with coworkers outside of work, but it wasn't anywhere near as weird as I assumed it would be. We all painted our own versions of 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh, and I added a milky way to mine because that's my favorite part of the night sky.

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When we got back from the paint sesh I looked up and saw stars! I was so excited I drove straight out to Saddle Mountain, hoping to have another night above a layer of fog. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. The road is closed for the winter (so they say,) so I parked my car and tried walking the rest of the way. I didn't make it to the trailhead. After a super pleasant sleep in my van I awoke to another car parked next to mine. I took a good stretch, ate a muffin, and was greeted by a dog! I couldn't have been more excited. I talked with Katie for a good while (the gal who parked next to me,) and then headed out. Even though I was rushed to make it to work on time, I couldn't resist stopping for the tunnel shot, and boy was it worth it!

In total, I drove 364 miles in a 24 hour period, and it. was. beautiful.  

Tunnel on Highway 26

But I Saved the Freaking Coffee

But I Saved the Freaking Coffee

Spontaneous and Superb

Spontaneous and Superb