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.


Captain Shu-Fly

Captain Shu-Fly

“I’m an adrenaline junkie. I love climbing crazy trees or cliffs, which doesn’t make my mom very happy.”
— Stephen Colletti

I'm pretty sure my own mother has not been happy with my bridge craze as of late. She doesn't really say much about it, but I know it really bothers her. This weekend at church I told her I think I'm done taking bridge shots for a while, and her face beamed like I had just asked to move back home. Well, hmm. That probably wouldn't make her beam actually. But! She was thoroughly excited. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not done for good. Just for now. This upcoming weekend I'm hoping to get some good shots of Tilikum Crossing, but other than that I'm a little bridged out and ready for something else. 

Speaking of bridges though, my family and I went on that Willamette Jet Boat tour thing today and learned a good amount of history all the way from the Fremont Bridge to the Oregon City Arch Bridge. It was pretty cool. Our captain, (Captain 'Shu-Fly', as he liked to call himself) did an excellent job entertaining everyone while maintaining a steady stream of history. He was also good at getting everyone soaked. He would do this maneuvre where he'd go really fast and then spin the boat around, throwing us into a big rocking motion; but as the boat span around, it created this three-foot giant wall of water on one side, that would fall back into the river if you didn't touch it. Then we'd rock and the water would spill into the boat on the opposing side. I however, wanted to have a bit of fun. So on one of the spins I poked my fingers into the giant wave, casting a good spray of water onto the people in front of me. As funny as that was though, it wasn't good enough. I had to get my family. I waited for the next spin in my direction, braced my legs, and cupped my hands into the wave this time - thus funneling the water into a stream - and drenched my entire row and the row in front of us! I couldn't believe how much water just traveled through my hands, and the best part? The row in front of me never had any idea I was causing that to happen!

It was a blast, and along the way I got to point out to my sisters the spot I took this weekends' photos from. I'm not going to tell you any details about this adventure, but let's just say it had something to do with capturing a view of the city no one else has gotten before, and the side of the I-5 bridge. I also took some shots on the Hawthorne Bridge this weekend. Enjoy!

The view of Portland, OR, as seen from the I-5 Bridge. Notice the Portland Spirit in the center of the photograph.

Hotel Ventures, and a Picture of a Flower

Hotel Ventures, and a Picture of a Flower

Walnuts and Sand

Walnuts and Sand