Oceans Roar

“My soul is full of longing

for the secret of the sea,

and the heart of the great ocean

sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The power of the ocean is unlike any other. I was 20 years old when I saw the ocean for the first time and I remember the rush of adrenaline standing in the cold waters. The sea was endless, powerful, beautiful and scary all at the same time. Over the years I’ve grown to love the ocean and I treat it with all the respect and reverence it deserves.

The weather this past weekend was crazy on the coast and the power of the ocean was felt. We had 60 MPH winds on Saturday night and I sat huddled in my blanket watching the storm pass. I kept thinking please don’t let the power fail. Our sturdy little house held firm and for once the power stayed on. Thank you, Lord!

Even bad weather weekends at the beach are great weekends. We spent our time eating, baking, reading, watching football and sleeping. Too much  travel the past few months has left us strung out so this was a perfect time to get away. There is something about the ocean that restores us all.

When the weather broke we did get out to walk the beach and explored Lincoln City a little bit. I kept my camera in hand and took some fun shots of the neighborhood around us. We also discovered a covered bridge (built in 1914) on our way home. Below the bridge salmon were spawning and a bald eagle kept circling above. Such a treat!

Thanks for reading and enjoy the photos.




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Pumpkin Patch Kinda Day

I don’t know about you but Fall is my favorite season! The colors, the sounds, the smells and the cool air all signal a closing of another year. For us in the Pacific Northwest it is a time we cherish before starting our 6-month rain hibernation

Yesterday was a rare treat because I got to tag along with some beautiful families and share in the simple joy of finding the perfect pumpkin. We found the coolest place called Bella Organic Farm (www.bellaorganicfarm.com) out on Sauvie Island. Be sure to put it on your to-do-list if you’ve never visited before. The hayrides, haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting farm and the Adults Beer Garden promises fun for everyone. Even my 19-year-old became child like for the day.

For me it was a great day because I got to play with my new camera (Nikon D7100) and lens. My hope for the day was to capture candid shots of the kiddos. My friend Julie  (Instagram: jul_of_minnesota) spent time this summer teaching me how to use a long lens. Her tricks and techniques allowed me to fade in the background and document the day without being too intrusive. Thank you again Gigi for inviting me along…it was so much fun!

Too many choices creates a sit down moment.

Too many choices creates a sit down moment.





Caitlin found a perfect pumpkin for her new apartment.

Caitlin found a perfect pumpkin for her new apartment.

Favorite photo of the day. I love when kiddos don't know I see them.

Favorite photo of the day. I love when kiddos don’t know I see them.

Layla was more interested in the bugs than pumpkins.

Layla was more interested in the bugs than pumpkins.

Sharing a sweet moment with mommy.

Sharing a sweet moment with mommy.

Even the 4-legged children got to come along.

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Uh oh…someone has spotted me!

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Mud days require pink boots.

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Harvest colors abound.

Harvest colors abound.

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