Oregon Lifestyle – 2

On the recent trip to California for a family matter, I saw California is not as brown as it used to. The snowfall has passed down south, and water enriched the land.  Interstate 5 is the primary channel to connect California and Oregon. I barely used my camera inside California, but when the scenery began to change, and I constantly had the urge to raise my camera, I know I am closer to home in Oregon. This time instead of going all the way I-5 north, we decided to take Hwy 97 north… and pretty soon, my camera battery was exhausted.

Born as a Chinese and cultivated as one, I have a strong tie attached to the culture and am so easily attracted to that smokey and dreaming ambiance in a traditional Chinese brush painting. We could not stop at the freeway, and the windshield is filthy. The wind blew hard, an attempt to open the sunroof failed. So I began to shoot through the window.

I like things to be natural, authentic, and less man-made.  The above picture has a blue hue out of the camera, and the image below is almost black and white.

It came the sunset time, the golden tone was coated on everything. So pure and so original.

We love to photograph birds because Oregon has so many of them. The region we drove by was frozen solid, but Raptors are aggressive predators, and they were almost the only ones around besides a couple of Bald Eagles whose white head stood out on the snow.

I hang out with many seasoned birders, but I have to confess that I don’t make efforts to identify the birds or keep track of the bird count. I simply enjoy them and care mostly about how the image turns out.

Oregon lifestyle – why live in Oregon?

When I moved to Oregon more than two decades ago, one of my sales reps said to me, “What’s in Oregon besides Nature and Sports?” She said, ” Oregonians have nothing to do, and that’s why you go to the ball games.” I know it is our work relationship that she did not want me to leave California. And yet, deep inside, I was unsure myself if it was the right move. Then self-employed, I can live anywhere, why Oregon? Then self-employed, I could live anywhere. I was longing for peace and tranquility. Oregon is close to my California siblings. The green nature was calling.

I pulled my girls from their circle of friends and sustained their complaint, ” There are barely malls here and the boys all look so pale, no nurture of sunshine. ” Soon enough, they made friends in new schools and the comfort of mild weather bring them smiles.  The first thing I noticed myself moving here is the service quality offered by the retailers. The clerks are more caring and customer-service oriented. This is still true up to this day.

Oregon Coast

Here in Northwest, there are distinctive four seasons. You enjoy the mild spring and fall with the warmer and cooler pattern. Summer can be hot but dry, has never been scorching and sweating hot. The temperature all year round is within a comfortable range.  Speaking of Oregon, people often question about rain.  In fact, it does not rain all day long, and the vast green is a major reward. It may snow in wintertime, but very rarely and the snow does not stick for days. People here are actually longing for snow which will give kids a few fun days to walk on the snow and do a bit of sledding.

Four seasons :

Instead of going to the restaurants and shops, we go into Nature birding, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, river rafting, rock climbing, skiing, and anything else Nature can offer.  Hiking and biking trails are around town and within reasonable reach. A healthy lifestyle comes natural living in the surroundings as such.

Trinity Lake

There is a reason why I become a photographer.  You may have heard that Oregon is the photographer’s haven. No shame to gain this name.  When my Taiwan college friends decide to have our reunion trip to Oregon, I was completely unsure of the outcome. To the end, I was confirmed and reconfirmed that the Oregon trip was an unforgettable one.  In the Northwest, we are granted a beautiful and natural living environment and have easy access to the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, creeks and even deserts. Geographic features vary from one region to the other within the State.

Sunrises at Crater Lake

The weather is nice. The scenery is awesome. The service quality is better. But how about Job opportunities? What to do here besides outdoor activities?  (to be continued)

 

Merry Christmas !!!

and Celebrate the coming New Year 2020.

It has not been a prolific photography and writing year due to my new real estate endeavor. I hope to plan and manage my time more effectively in the coming year. Double 20, double duty. At this point, I am going for it, no giving up.

From photography to real estate

Life is unpredictable. Intended to photograph architecture and real estate houses for fun and include some work in my retirement, I ended up being a licensed realtor in California. It’s great fun to find the best angle of view to photograph a house and present it to potential buyers. And, the ultimate reward is to market and sell the house. To me, it is not that much about monetary gain, it is the good work to be recognized and proven successful.

My hand-on years of experience in sales marketing and business development fit me right in the real estate and catch myself in surprise, I really enjoyed it. Oregon has been my home for over 25 years and it’s the place I’ve chosen to conduct the business and to serve the community I care and care for.

From International trading entrepreneur to wholesale marketing. From research development managing to designing, and retired to become a photographer. Now I am back to the workplace as a Keller Williams realtor.

In a retrospective of my career life, I am thriving for actions and passion drives me to excel in whatever I do.  Now I settled in the beautiful Northwest and figured out how to work and play. Photography is my daily vitamin. Real Estate brings me energy and enthusiasm. Together I have a balanced life.

Balance

 

 

A long pause

Thought I took a short break… to my surprise, this recess has taken three months!!!

I just came back from a trip to Vietnam where I have long desired to go. An untouched rural scene is what I envisioned about the landscape. However, I seemed not getting much opportunity to capture any except this one from the tour bus.

Out of all the locations I have been, this Shangrila-like secluded place is my most favorite. According to the locals, a tunnel was recently built for access. I hope future tourists would cherish and keep it clean and natural as it is now.

Bamboo hat and the fishing boat are other charms. While everything else is predominately earthy, colors enhance the outlook.

Water water everywhere. Reflections on the houses and buildings create an interesting scene of its own.

Simply Dahlias

One month flew by since I last posted. How would I ever chase Time and catch up with it? It is apparent to me that I cannot permit my camera in Rest mold too long…

The day could have been better if the sun was not so overpowering. The light could have been better if I got there earlier… Guess I just had to do what I can and forget the what if’s.

Swan Island Dahlias farm is an ultimate place for a broad selection of gorgeous Dahlias and certainly floral photography. I am impressed by the work they’ve contributed to manicure the farm and present the public with the absolutely close-to-perfect flowers and foliages.