Reub's journey

13 March 2014

Water

This week's topic for Friday My-Town Shoot-Out is a huge favorite of mine: water. I can't think of another subject that is more appropriate for the Pacific Northwest of the US.


About an hour's drive to the west of Corvallis lies the ocean.


Flowing right through the town itself is the Willamette River. It is very high, angry and rushing because of the storms we've been having lately.




But in a few months it will become tame enough for a canoe.



Meanwhile there is the rain. We had a very dry fall and winter, but now we're making up for it.




People complain about how much it rains here, but what do they expect if they move to a temperate rainforest?



I love the rainwater, the full creeks everywhere rushing to the sea.



Water itself is like some high-tech trick, a special effect that can take many forms.


Rain drops turning to ice.




A winter mist.


Although I love the rain, snow, and mist, I'm less fond of the mud. Try walking two big dogs through this stuff.


In fact we go through mud every day, but before coming in the house the dogs have to jump into a little pool of water to get clean. It's the only thing that works: the price of living in this climate and having dogs too.

Photos from-or near-Corvallis, Oregon.


47 comments:

  1. Oh, dear, would not want to clean up after a child or dog after tromping through the mud. Lovely set!

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    1. The pool works quite well, Gail, but I always look forward to drier weather.

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  2. the last one cracks me up! you've trained them well! i just keep a hamper of old towels at the front door and wipe them off as they come in. LOVED all of your photos. every one is art! really wonderful mist photo with the layers! ugh!

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    1. Oh we have towels too. Loads of them, and they get dirty pretty fast.

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  3. Great range of photos on the subject!!

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  4. You have so much water and we are still in a drought even with all the snow we had this past Winter. A few years ago we had more water than we wanted and lost our beautiful iron bridge like the one in your picture. Here is a shot of it before it was lost. (My thumb is there too and that is why I couldn't even be better with an expensive camera. lol. ) http://granan10.blogspot.com/2007/07/ignore-thumb.html

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    1. haha! Yes this bridge does resemble yours, thumb or no thumb.

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  5. So many great and wet photos! You have made me miss my ocean though, but I can't wait to try kayaking down some of our rivers in the summer, been in Alberta two years and haven't been on water yet!

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    1. You should definitely go paddling this summer.

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  6. Great photos again.

    I love the beaches in Oregon. We spent part of our honeymoon in Yachats - desolate and wonderful.

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    1. I LOVE Yachats. The beach photo was taken north of there.

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    2. I remember the seals... or sea lions? I never can keep those straight.

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    3. Probably harbor seals there in Yachats. But if you went just north to Newport you would probably have seen the lazy, lovely, fascinating and obnoxious sea lions who often hang out on the piers and jetties there.

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  7. This is a nice collection of photos, several really caught my eye...the canoe paddle, the little one in the rain and the muddy dog.

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  8. Wonderful watery photos. I know the dogs don't mind the mud, but you seem to have a great system so it doesn't end up in the house!

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    1. It's a pretty good system. I just wish they'd learn to dry their own paws as well as wash them.

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  9. Oh, how I love your photos. They are so soothing. I'm very impressed with your dog training; I have to wipe my princess's paws off before she comes in. (Hence the song on my own blog today.)

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    1. I visited your blog especially because of those muddy paws. Mud shows up so well on white fur, doesn't it?

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  10. Oh my! Your eye is only enhanced by the clarity of that new camera. What a team you are! These photos are fabulous - a story in each one!

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    1. Honestly? Only 3 of these were with my new camera & maybe not even the best ones either!

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  11. Is that precious little human child playing in the puddles your's? It looks like he has a frog in his hand. And that last photo... Kids and dogs are so funny!!!

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    1. He is our 2 year old grandson, and a serious puddle jumper. That is a lion in his hand. (He has a lion family that he carries around.)

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  12. The 3rd shot caught my idea for detail and texture. All your shots are great.

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  13. What a great collection. I love all the shots, especially the one of your grandson running for that puddle. I am a sucker for kids getting wet and dirty...love it! Love your pooch in the little pool :)

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    1. I bet you're no stranger to puddle-jumping around your house! :-)

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  14. A great variety of water. It makes me want to go pee! ;)

    I love the little puddle splasher and the frozen droplets. Lovely.

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    1. Ooops! I hadn't thought of that consequence. Sorry!

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  15. some beautiful photos Kerry. water is life giving and powerful.

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    1. So it is. And it takes so many forms, so it's constantly fascinating.

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  16. Love the pictures, all of them...makes me want to visit such a beautiful place.

    And the last picture is the absolute best!

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    1. :-) I like the last one too. And absolutely, you should visit. Oregon is beautiful in the extreme.

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  17. you have outdone yourself on this post! all are so wonderful!!

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    1. Oh, I don't know, but thanks Doreen.

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  18. Splendid pictures all ! With water you have created magic and mystique !

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    1. RR, the water creates its own magic. You're right, there is a mystique about it.

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  19. Nice collection of photos! I :) Your dog is smart and very cute!

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    1. He will do anything for a dog biscuit, anything at all. :)

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  20. The little girl's photo reminds me of one of my daughter's

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    1. I bet you get a lot of rain at times where you live in NZ, Ann.

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  21. Love your photos, especially the water droplets on the paddle and the raindrops turning to ice.

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