My daughter Erin in the last year of her life.
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firin’ the odd shot, here and there
Pictures, photographs, that is. Starting with family items, degenerating into random finds, ani-gifs. The family pictures are big big big, click for full size.
Erin is no longer with us- as in she died 2 & 1/2 years after this picture was taken. After we bought the flute, I tried to encourage her to practice. Detail follows with clear view of the glare she was giving me in this sweet father-daughter moment:
The last good family Halloween- also 1991. Top picture includes our babysitter and her boyfriend with Erin on the left side, middle is outside with a guest, me and Matt as a toddler, bottom is trick or treat-
One of our cats, Blizzard, a few years back (pre- foreclosure on the house the kids grew up in, pre- rented house burning down last year); Eyes on Fire-
Matt getting a sword for his birthday last year (he collects swords, doesn’t use them- he’s a Quaker kid, after all)-
Random, mostly from an un-named (un-nameable, unknowable etc.) source:
Bye for now-
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This sign is found at the tip of Kelly Point in Portland, at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Due to the many large river islands that occupy the area, Lewis and Clark missed the Willamette River twice, once on the way to and again on the way back from the Pacific Ocean. The Willamette is the second largest watershed in what later became the Oregon Territory (and later became Oregon, Washington, Idaho) not to mention British Columbia (pictures are really big, click for full size):
Snaps from Kelly Point, where my wife and I went walking yesterday. Google shots show context.
The place was empty- we saw one fisherman and one Heron. Mighty quiet.
The collage is followed by larger pictures.
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Message from the Department of Redundancy Department: Most pictures are bigger than they appear. Click for full size; also, some may need a similar prod to animate, should they be so inclined.
Below: These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days. Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents.
Pictures fro my mom’s apartment, celebrating her 88th birthday on 8/8 (click for full size):
Bad scans of a couple pages of my older son’s “guest artwork” on a webcomic Accursed Dragons:
Pictures from a cemetary near my work (click it- it goes left to right):
Miscellaneous and animated:
(Juvenile Pacific Tree Frog- the kind I grow)
(Ion Trap- experiment in Quantum Processing)
last for today-
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Pictures Music Frogs
Looking through old photographs-
My wife is undergoing therapy for PTSD to do with my daughter’s suicide over 15 years ago, but still a significant part of our lives. She is determined to find a way to keep the good memories without the horror.
Part of the project involves remembering the good times- and finding ways to replace the awful images with positive ones.
So, I got out the old albums and we’ve been going through them. (Always click for full size.)
Erin and her friend at the wreck of the Peter Iredale,
Oregon Coast, 1992 or so
Erin Portrait- She was beautiful
Family sing-along night:
For most of the time our kids were kids we had a Sunday night tradition of singing songs together; each person got to pick a song and we’d end with “Goodnight Irene” (without the depressing lyrics).
Erin usually picked “You are my sunshine”. Julie can’t sing that song or listen to it anymore because it brings her too much pain. (Me, I like the song and it helps me remember the good times.)
The tradition continued with everyone getting ice-cream (in their special bowl)followed by watching the Simpsons on TV.
It’s my favorite of our family traditions- we kept it up until the youngest one was 15 or so- except we still do the ice-cream and Simpsons. These days it’s just Me, Julie and Matt (19). Andrew is down in the SF area (Berkley now I think). I get low carb/ sugar free ice-cream; it tastes like crap but it’s still a treat.
How did this get in there?
Kids together in the backyard
Erin picks flowers in the “wild” area of our large yard (this was the house the kids grew up in. We lost the house when I lost my mind in 2004- along with my job, my reputation, etc. We lived there for 20 years. I wonder if my wife ever forgave me for getting so sick. (Foreclosed after my prolonged hospital stay left us bankrupt and unable to make payments. So it goes.)
Taken at the end of the Falcon Crest trail
from Short Sands Beach on the Oregon Coast
There are kids growing in the trees! Again, our backyard around 1992
Playing music with Erin, around 1992
The last picture I have of my dad, who died of lung cancer/ mesothelioma in 1992. It was caused by asbestos exposure during his 23 years in the Navy as a Gunner’s Mate and Chief Gunner’s Mate. The big artillery was packed in asbestos.
The group shot that was extracted from-
Nawang Khechog- The human Heart is for Kindness:
10 The Human Heart Is for Kindness
Mississippi John Hurt- Nearer My God to Thee
Mississippi John Hurt – Nearer My God To Thee
Cat Stevens (now Yusef Islam)- Trouble
Along this route (below) are many shallow ditches in which frogs lay their eggs. Most of these dry up before 75% of the tadpoles have reached maturity. My annual tadpole rescue effort is almost ready to begin. The deadline is about June 10th, after the rains stop and the shallow wetlands dry quickly, leaving tens of thousands of immature froglings dried and dead in the baked mud (in this area alone). I only rescue a few hundred a year, let them grow up in a tank on the back deck.
When they’re ready they leave.
bye for now
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My son draws pitchers
Download this: andrew-pics-collection
On a completely different note:
For those who know where to look, there is a special prize.
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All pictures, no theme today.
Click for full size-
Martian sunrise from various angles.
Mostly from Mars Orbiter (poorly aligned- the probe is supposed to face the planet surface) and some other probe shots, color enhanced or false color to reveal geology (the Mars Orbiter shots are often released in false color to highlight mineral or water-created features), mostly, to make it more cool I suppose. But a beautiful series nonetheless.
Just to warn you, I’m compiling the complete Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by M (in public domain, but I haven’t found a single source with all sections/ volumes). Sometime this week I’ll be offering the complete ebook download.
Definitely click for full size. Got this from a website that doesn’t exist, so don’t ask. If I tell you I’d have to kill you.
Actually yesterday- bad quality from camera pictures. We celebrated our family Christmas on Saturday, 12/20 because my son Andrew is in town (was in town). Now we’re done. Feels good.
Kind of stupid, but why not?
Important legal information for everyone. Must click!
What, Me Blurry?
Pics from phone, from top of Larch Mountain. Better at full size (click).
Baby Sacrificed to Robot (Tabloid headline)
Guinea Pogs (collage by my son)
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Musical Interlude #2 and 2 weekend pictures
Labeled 12 bar blues, this may also be recognized by some as the music to “Banana In My Driveway”.
On a different note, a couple pictures I took on the weekend- click for the full size (big):
Mt Hood, South Slope
Drive-by shot of a nameless waterfall on the Columbia Gorge scenic Highway
Bye for now,
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Some pictures taken recently
First- the big long one that shows our walk around Silver Falls State Park; thumbnail- click for full size:
Now- HiRes (1600X1200) wallpapers:
Deer at Silver Falls Park
A very sexy passionflower on my back porch
All for now- catch you later.
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