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22 January 2010

Friday My Town Shoot-Out: Sounds

The idea of the Friday My Town Shoot-Out is to post photos of your local community every Friday. This week's assignment was chosen by NanU from Aubiere, France.

Photos taken in Corvallis, Oregon.

Well, it has been raining for days, pretty much what you would expect in January for a temperate rain forest in the Northwest. The streams and ditches are noisily carrying their full share of water.

It roars out of culverts.

And patters on your windshield. At night you fall asleep with the sound of rain.

But there are months when you won't hear a single drop of rain, and the noisiest place in town might be the Saturday farmer's market on the riverfront. Above is a high school band being directed by a formidable student leader.

There are always musicians of many kinds at the farmer's market.

There is a visible aura of sound surrounding the singers in this group, created accidentally by a drop of water on the camera lens (I was bummed when I realized it later, but forgot to delete the picture).

If you click on this picture, it is kind of weird how his feet rest on the top of the water, but put dents in it.

But when all is said and done, most of the time this is really a very quiet place.


  1. Ah, the sound of the rain. Sad, calming, cleansing. Beautiful shootout, Kerry!

  2. Love the conducter creating noise with her hands. And the final silence of the waterbug seems loud in comparison.

  3. It rained heavily here this morning, and the perfect place to be is always at home! We have a permanent market place and a food court next to it, so it's very noisy everyday.

  4. Good photos...I almost heard it all.

  5. Ah, the sound of rain, I can hardly wait.

    I loved your second photo, rich in colour and texture!

    And I can just imagine the student band.

    This is great fun!

  6. Nice job with all the musical shots and the contrast with the bug last is great. I do appreciate silence!

  7. I happen to love the rain. But Edward most decidedly does not. He droops and heads straight for his bed.

  8. I love your rain/water shots. Strange how the sight of a girl waving her arms around brings with it the sound of music. But my favorite is the dead silence in the last shot. Beautiful!

  9. Is it just me? When I see water pics I have the urge to go...ummm, well TMI!

    I love the last photo, is he trapped, taking a nap, stopping for a drink, or just drunk :) that is kind of poetic, hmmm

  10. Love the sound of rain but my favorite photo is the one of the person holding the violin/fiddle - lovely. Have a great weekend.

  11. I play the violin, love the picture of the violin. It would be nice to be in a warm place and see outside activities all the time. It is colllld here.

  12. I love the sound of rain too, but after 5 days, I could use a sunny day to dry out! I like the shot of the violin, and the water walker - very nice!

  13. Beautiful serene very much like here!! I was thinking when I saw the theme...what is noisy here ..pretty good noise LOL! Wonderful delicious shootout.
    My son was excited to see the bug..he is a bug man for sure. Will ask him about the water tension and how bugs stay on top...
    Have a great week hon, Sarah

  14. This was a great post. I really liked the aura shot and the violin photo.

    Well done. I would love to visit Oregon. :)

  15. Amazing water shots! I really enjoyed them.

  16. nice shoot out! love the rain on the windshield and the violin. wonderful!!


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