Friday, June 28, 2013


Peace is not something you wish for; 

It's something you make, 

Something you do, something you are, 

And something you give away.
~Robert Fulghum  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

coffee break

i made a little pit stop on the way home last week. 
as i always travel with a sock or two,
it seemed like a good time to pull out the camera (as i always carry it, too!)

these socks haven't been formally introduced:
'pink petals' aka the embossed leaves pattern by Mona Schmidt.
in an STR mill end.

the location, St. Honore...yummy, indeedy.

wishing you a sunny start to your week! xo

Friday, June 21, 2013

summer in the city

Hey! It's summer! 
Be free and happy and danceful
and uninhibited and now-y! 
~Terri Guillemets  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

wordless (almost) wednesday

sometimes you thought you got one shot, 
just to find out
you got something totally different.
too cute. love. her.

Monday, June 17, 2013

what's cookin'?

It has been a long time since I last posted on something knitterly!

Knitting has been happening...just a little bit behind the scenes.

Something new is even on the needles!
The yarn is Colinette  Jitterbug (I don't remember the color!); the pattern is similar to these socks.

Since the pattern was one I designed, I immediately modified it in this pair
to include a beloved picot cuff!

What else has been happening at Chez NK?

I walk the garden nearly every evening, checking for visitors. 
Sometimes I'm lucky...which means no knitting, just shutterbugging...literally!!

I hope your week is off to a great start! 

Find something you're passionate about
and keep tremendously interested in it.
~Julia Child  

Sunday, June 16, 2013


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I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, 
when they aren't trying to teach us.
~Umberto Eco  

Saturday, June 08, 2013

pure photo workshops #5: telling stories

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A picture is worth a thousand words.
The assignment this week was to tell stories with our photos.

As with the last two assignments, this one was a challenge and not as easy as I thought it would be 
to execute...let alone execute well! There are at least two ways to generate visual stories: 1) a series of photos depicting some kind of story or event with a beginning, middle and end, and 2) a single photo that tells a story, or at least makes you curious as to what the story is and elicits some emotion from the viewer regarding the image.

I was going to attempt a series of staged still-life images to generate a story, but ended up spending a couple of days at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland practicing my street photography and looking for "stories". I found in reviewing my images that I sometimes missed a crucial picture that was needed to transition from one image to the next. The result: a story that was interrupted and would leave the viewer wondering, "how did we get from there to here?" As the photographer, I knew the story and the sequence of events, but I didn't think it would translate as well for the viewer who wasn't with me while I was photographing the subject. Interesting, yes? Just as one needs complete sentences in writing, it seems you need a complete flow of imagery for a visual story, too. You just can't learn this stuff in gotta get your camera in your hands and just do it! I love that! 

Although I wanted to share a story made from a series of images from the park, I've opted to share individual photos. These images pushed me to wonder about the stories behind these images? And what was going to happen next? Maybe the imagination is more interesting than the reality! I loved this assignment from Carolyn Parker via Jane. It challenged me to look through the lens and to try to see more than what was in front of me at that moment in time, to think about my subjects, and to keep moving out of my comfort zone and look for the story on the street. 

Thank you so much Jane, Britt, Mariska, Arnika, and Carolyn for this wonderful series of workshops. I have enjoyed each and every one of them! And thank you to all the participants! I have been so inspired by all your imagery, and am so delighted to have met you all through this workshop!!

Enough words. Time to let the pictures speak!

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Just a few words about this man. He appeared to be very down on his luck, perhaps homeless, too. I was so touched by his sharing his breakfast with the geese. Waterfront Park is home to yachts and fancy restaurants and shops; and here is this gentleman, with maybe nothing but what's on his back, sharing the food he needs with the geese. That's generosity in action.

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Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
~Samuel Smiles  

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and have plenty of stories 
to share on Monday morning! xoxo

Thursday, June 06, 2013

the dance

We should consider every day lost 

on which we have not danced 

at least once. 
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

garden party

It's June!
You know what that means, right?

The beginning of dragonfly season.
Party in the garden!!

Mr. Bee joined the festivities.
Flitting in and out, and mingling among the guests as beefitting his species.

Of course the grande dame herself showed up...trim and fit, and elegantly dressed in black with blue trim.

Little Miss Ladybug was fashionably late due to circumnavigating the Lady's Mantle...
we'll forgive her as she was sporting some stunning dots!

After dining on vine ripened delicacies, the guests disbanded
to hidden and far away places...
...waiting for the party to resume the following evening.

I heart June.

I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself. 
 And I find sufficient purpose for my day.
~Robert Brault  

Saturday, June 01, 2013

pure photo workshop #4: learning to watch

This week's assignment for the Pure Photo Workshop is designed by Arnika Smit.

The assignment was to learn to watch and pick out elements of your environment that 
represented color (blue), patterns, details and emotion.

After bouncing between a few ideas, I ended up going to The Pearl, a fun neighborhood near downtown Portland. I used the 24-105mm lens almost exclusively, except for the ladybug shot. 
I walked around and looked for color, patterns, details...and emotion.

1. Blue

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The graffiti on this tower attracted my eye as it was blue. I played with the processing, and the black and white image accentuates the pattern of the windows and the zig-zag of the stairs. 

Although there is a lot of green in this image, it was the blue that attracted me. 
The iconic Fremont Bridge is in the background.

There are a few parks in The Pearl. The Tanner Springs park is flanked by this beautiful fence made from old railroad ties. The blue glass art in them made them an obvious target for the "blue" set of images!

2. Pattern

Tanner Springs fence and shadows.

A door jamb.

Portland is dubbed the City of Roses after the ease in which we can grow roses in this climate.
The pattern of roses is seen throughout the city.

I liked the lines of the hatch pattern, and how they were broken up and softened by the circle of the rose.

This attracted my eye. I liked the lines and the round elements. I also liked how the diamond shapes
were echoed in the yellow sidewalk cut-out and the cement. The angle of the shadow also echoed the trianglular forms.

3. Detail

I stopped for a coffee break, and who should be saving the table for me but this cute lieveheersbeestje (ladybug)!

This is the corner of an old shutter on an old remnant of a building. I love, love, love this building and could spend a whole day and into the night photographing it from every angle with every lens.
I held myself back.

4. Emotion

These children were playing in the park. It was a beautiful warm afternoon, and
they were having fun in the water together. Pure, uninhibited, play.

That's it for me for this week! Thank you Jane and Arnika for another assignment that pushed my boundaries! You can take a look at the assignments of the other participants here!

Have a great rest of your weekend!! xo