Reub's journey

26 June 2009

Friday My Town Shoot-Out: Colors of the Rainbow

Patty (a retired photojournalist) and Reggie Girl (who raises money for shelter dogs in Georgia) organized the Friday Photo Shoot Out. The idea is to post photos of your local community every Friday. It has grown from just two participants to dozens of folks all over the place. This week's assignment, chosen by Deborah in Germany, is "Colors of the Rainbow."

I just joined this group two days ago, hardly time to think about the theme, but here goes:

This is western Oregon, and real live rainbows aren't an unusual occurrence here, but do I have a photo of one? No. However there are spots of color here, even on a cloudy day. For example this picture, taken yesterday in our back yard,
is what a rope toy looks like shortly after being given to Reub, and I think it qualifies quite nicely for this assignment:

You are waiting for a shot of the community though, aren't you? Well, the predominant color here for most of the year is green. If you were to drive 3 hours east of Corvallis, this would not be the case; the palette changes to tans and ochers there on the dry side of the Cascades. But here we are connoisseurs of the color green: kelly green grass, blue green spruce in the distance, lush green moss, pale grey green lichens. The complexity of the color green never fails to absorb me.

Click on the photo to see it better.
This is John's shot of Beazell Forest, a patchwork of greens just west of town.

Here is another of John's photos from Beazell Forest, a favorite place to run our dogs. With all of those baby Doug firs in the understory, it is a forester's delight; and from top to bottom it is a distinct rainbow of green. Sometimes you just don't even miss the red, yellow, orange, blue and violet.


  1. The forest was very beautiful ...but I liked the rope best!

  2. C'mon Kerry: think RAINBOW. My rope toy is the BOMB. Trees: phooey...I don't know what you see in them. They're only good for, oh never mind. Say, where IS my rope toy, anyway? All I can find is this picture of it, and you KNOW I can't appreciate 2-D.

  3. Ah, what a tangled web we weave when first we search for a rainbow of colour! What a fun photo!

    Welcome to the Friday Shoot Out Gang! You're going to be a great addition!

  4. Kerry, I just love your blog and I love the different shades of green in your beautiful surroundings. That poor doggy toy!

  5. Welcome to the Friday Shoot-Out. This is only my second week. I loved the rope toy the best until I scrolled down and saw the fashion barbie shoot!

  6. We're looking forward to coming home and seeing those Oregon greens.

  7. Kerry, I love your many shades of green, photo! Beautiful!

  8. Welcom to Friday Shoot outs! You did great! Remember there are no rules. We shoot what we can and that is the fun part about it, See ya next week :)

  9. I love the photos of the trees. We don't have a lot of trees around the bay, at least not like you have there.

    Also, love that rope. We lost our dog a few years ago (she was 14) and she could do a job on a rope toy.

    We decided not to get another dog because we were finally free after 30 years to go away together without a dog or worrying about what time to get home, or who would take care of the dog (our 1st dog lived a long life, too. We do have five cats, and they are cool with us leaving for a few days, though they do give us some mean glares when they see us rushing around to go somewhere.

    Um? I'll bet our cats could have a good time with that left over rope.

    Have a wonderful week.

  10. oh yes I know the rainbow of greens very well, Brasil's green aray can overwhelm the senses. enjoyed your post and will look forward to coming back for more.

  11. I know just how you feel. Here on Vancouver Island, I think we have a thousand shades of green.

    LOL - your secret word is noncow. That takes in a lot of territory, doesn't it?


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