Memorial Day

Memorialized
Memorialized

This morning I took my daughters to Hillcrest Memorial Park. On the way we discussed the sacrifice of so many, and what that sacrifices means to us individually. I expected to find the miniature flags at the headstones, but I was blown away at the display that was put on with no less that 700 American flags on display. I found myself incredibly moved and so grateful for these warriors as I reflected on my Warrior and the sacrifice that He made for my freedoms.

In addition to all the flags, one in particular, shown on “Hero” is especially important as it’s the flag at the headstone of my father-in-law, Gary Fixsen. It was a good day with my girls.

See the other four photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

MemorializedStanding GuardHeroMemorialized 2Memorialized 3

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Rainey Creek Falls

Falls No. 2
Falls No. 2

One weekend I took my girls for a hike to Rainey Falls. The forest and streams were so lush, a friend of mine compared it to a walk in Jurassic Park. Great hike that is “family friendly” with beautiful sights to be seen. Pack a lunch and enjoy the time outside.

See the other 10 photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

Falls No. 2Brining Color 2Bringing ColorOne The MoveFalls No.3Looking PoolFlora FallsFalls No.1Rock BottomNo One Home

Hwy. 238

McKee Bridge
McKee Bridge

While driving on Hwy. 238 on my way out to church or for work, I started to notice some of the barns, buildings and flowers. So I took a Friday morning to grab some photos of some of these historic buildings.

See the other 13 photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

Forrest LightThirsty HeartRun DownSigns of OldHumbug BarnHumbug SignMcKee BridgeAround the CornerMorning WorshipSpring FlowersForrest LIght 2Tucked AwayShack

Blogger and Flickr Photography Tip

I have a blog to showcase my photographs. I know many folks have created amazing sites/blogs using WordPress, but I haven’t jumped into that pool yet, largely due to the learning curve and, for the time being, I’ve been reasonably satisfied with Blogger.

However, one thing I really wanted to accomplish was have a main photo and then a series of thumbnails to show the other photos that are included with the set as I have them listed on Flickr. I did a lot of reading and researching of various solutions to make an easy drag/drop table solution. I didn’t want to get into the HTML, and frankly, I didn’t want to pay for a solution (after all, that’s another reason I use Blogger – it’s free). I know you can embed a Flash slide show, but that wasn’t exactly what I wanted either. Although having the slideshow functionality in place wasn’t bad, I just liked the idea of showing one photo and letting it stand on it’s own until the view was ready/willing to view another one.

As I was playing around with different solutions, I stumbled across one that worked for me. Keep in mind, I’m doing this from a a Mac. I would presume it would work the same on on a Windows machine. Also, I realize that a million other people, when presented with this solution probably will reply with, “duh”. Well, I never found this solution, so I thought I’d put it out there for public consumption.

Faux Thumbnail Table

  1. Open your blog entry in one window.
  2. Open your Flickr set in another window (not tab, but window)
  3. Simply drag and drop each of the thumbnail photos you want to include on your blog post.
  4. Due to the size and dimension, Blogger lines them up nice and neat and even rolls them over to another “row” when it reaches the width of the space allowed for your posts (contingent on your template).
  5. Also, I went in and added a space between each photo, simply for presentation.
Flickr Comments
The other thing that frustrated me in the process was that Flickr would not allow someone to leave a comment of my photo unless the viewer was Flickr/Yahoo member (maybe other services too, but they had to be a member of something and willing to login to leave a comment – I don’t like that limitation).
So, after completing the steps above, I clicked in to view each photo on Flickr so I could view it in the “Lighbox” mode. Not only did this have a dark background (which better matched my Blog) I displayed the photo in a Flash format, that also gave some slideshow type options. However, it did not have the Comments field, so the viewer was more compelled to go back to my blog to leave comments rather than wrestling with Flickr and then giving up.
It’s not a perfect solution, but at least it got me 2 or 3 steps closer to where I wanted to befor free. Now, I know there are limitations with Flash application especially with so many folks accessing the web from ipad/phone/pod, but it still got me closer to where I wanted to be.
If you have better ideas on how to accomplish this, I’d love to hear it. Please share the knowledge.
I hope this proves helpful for you.
Update 04-24-2011: As I make the move over to WordPress, we’ll have to see if this tip works here as well.

Rogue Valley Foggy Day

Old Tree

With all the fog we’ve had recently, there are a few things that caught my eye.

See the other three photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

Old Tree Frost Bitten Foggy Horizon Winter Water

Newport 2011

City on a Hill

Over the New Years weekend, my wife and I were able to steal away for a few days and visited Newport Oregon. Beautiful weekend.

See the other six photographs in this set on Flickr, here or view the Slideshow. Then, comeback – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

City On A Hill Newport Sunset Heceta LightHouse Heceta Staircase Heceta Brick Window Newport Bridge at Low Tide Coast Line