Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm Back And I'm Viewtiful

Hello.

Apart from working lots of overtime to pay off the extravagant avionics upgrade for the airplane, and the trip to Italy, I have been compromised on two fronts with internet issues. Those who care to are heartily invited to inquire via email. Oh, I'd be only too happy to make like an abandoned rock quarry and-----fill you in. Thanks for not giving up on me. I love my peeps. That said, let's get started.....

At the beach recently, I was trying out the new picturer on some seagulls. I was discovered by Juniper's eldest, Chellbelle on her lunch break from high school. The instant she showed up with what seagulls consider a delicacy (anything they can fit, or reduce to fitting, in their mouthes) the floodgates opened. You'd have thought Mr. Hitchcock was doing the sequel of The Birds. I will use The Belle as my assistant in future pictorial forays, to be sure.






Sheer terror on the young lady's face tells the story well...

"Another seagull?," she cried? "No," I shouted----"DUCK!"








My friend Don buzzed my house today in his Piper Tri Pacer. Again, this is the picturer's debut picturing such an event. In the past the HP Photosmart R707 point-and-shoot took way too long to refresh. These images are so clear that I can see Don in the cockpit in some of the frames I snapped. Here you can see the ribbing under the wings and fuselage poking through the fabric covered airplane. Yes, fabric folks. Not metal. In the second shot you can find the plane about to emerge from between a couple branches of a Doug Fir in the front of my house. In the third frame, you can see what happened last night, and what took most of the day to mostly melt away. I still have a goodly amount in the yard. But the branches are brown again.











For a second there, I thought I actually saw two that were exactly alike. But then I noticed a subtle difference and am once again a subscriber to the axiom that no two ARE alike. I'm still looking though...



Yes, it is true. You've heard it all your lives but wondered if in fact it was a fact. Well here is proof: U.S. Highway 20 DOES begin in Newport, Oregon and DOES end in Boston, Mass.



These girls were in my yard one morning. I had heard three rifle reports nearby in the woods and learned later that it was the closing weekend of the Roosevelt Elk Coast Range Rifle Season. Spike or better, these cows and their yearlings were safe. You can see their apprehension. You can also see sunlight in the diaphanous nostril of one elk. That was a gift I hadn't realized was there until I enlarged the photo.



The elk filed up the front side of my hilltop and emerged to cross the driveway for the big huddle in the yard, planning on what to do and where to go next. Say hello to Cow #8 (see right ear adornment).




And say hello to Cow #9...




A few days ago I swung by the beach near the Sand Bar (yes, Cheesy...your favorite steamer clam joint) to get this one....


25 Comments:

At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 8:50:00 PM PST , Blogger lime said...

wow! that picturer in your hands does capture some amazing shots!

the color on that last shot is just breathtaking.

i am awfully sorry about your internet woes. that stinks on ice.

 
At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:16:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

LIMERS: Aw shucks. You're just saying that cuz you are the tiedie Queen of all the world. Wish I could figure out how to get the new zoom to sharpen. But for now, this'll do just fine.

And yes---stinks on ice is a great way to put it.

 
At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:35:00 PM PST , Anonymous quilly said...

You are viewtiful! That last shot is especially breath-taking. You likely missed the gorgeous sunset I shared on my Paradise blog. It was all orange and lemon and glorious. New cameras are grand!

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:05:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: So glad I could get something fresh on here. Glad, too that you stopped by and could take it in. Yes, I am afraid I have missed most everyone's newest posts. But I will head over and look at what you captured. w00t!

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:45:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Welcome back to the virtual commons, brother. Our spumante had gone flat for too long...

And wow! Now that you've acquired a lovely assistant, your picturing has taken on wings. Watch the birdie indeed. I was wondering what #2 was all about until I realized - it's hidden in plane sight.

Mmmm, frosted branches. My favorite dessert.

Good thing US 20 starts at a gas station. OMG! Is that the longest road in the world?

Lovely cross lighting on the gang of elk. I noticed the diaphanous nostril right away. Seems a shame to call them cows.

OK that last shot puts you in the pantheon. Pick up your sojo here. Is that local color? The heavenly body, its earthbound offspring horizon-bound, the blue, the taupe... I'm beyond impressed. I'm gaberflasted.

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 7:50:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

I was beginning to wonder if you were hiding under a rock somewhere! Great pics! uh..watch out for well fed seagulls flying oeverhead.....

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 10:15:00 AM PST , Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Well I do declare that new picturer and its picographer sure do take some fantastic shots!
I am filled with jubilation to see you back among us and hope this is not the last until NEXT year. HA! You've been working thyself too much - but I suppose that is the sacrifice for playing and play things! I know i it's worth it but you know the old saying "ALL work and no play...."! (but then you could NEVER be dull)
If you're really going to do a giveaway for OWOH - do a post only about it- showing the giveaway item(s)then send me the link to THAT post. Flocks of humankind will descend....
Lots more love and squishy hugs,
Lisa
XOXO
p.s. I STILL want to come up to Oregon!

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 10:36:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

JOMEWHERE SEAUX: Gaberflasted. Nice. Very, very nice.

"Good thing Hwy 20 starts at a gas station." Ha!!! Why did I not catch THAT one?! It's as though the beginning of a big adventure bonked heads with what it would take to complete it. Of course, for this trip you are going to have to SHELL out some bucks for the gas.

I am now headed to the sojo in hopes of enhancing my mojo. Thanks in advance for what might enhance.

PAM ARIES: HOOTY HOO! Well now that you mention it, it was (and continues to be) a sort of rock that I am under. But I got to sneak out for a bit before going back under tomorrow. I will watch for seagull bombs.

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Copy that. Will get the picturer to the rescue and post. And no, it won't be a whole month before I can get back here. I hope. Gulp....

Oregon awaits in sub-freezing expectations with scattered remnants of snow on our ground. Mutual friends will have a tad bit more than I, perhaps. But not much because THEY LIVE SO CLOSE!!!! lol

xoxoxoxoXO! G

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 10:41:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: I would like to accept this award on behalf of the Kennedy family--the dead ones, my father Mr. Gawpo, Sr. who started me in the business, and what the heck---for Bill, who had to accept an award for someone else. You like me. You REALLY like me! (makes crowd roaring cheer sound with raspy release of breath).

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 7:51:00 PM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Oh I am now so giddy with anticapation!! Next weekend I get to wrap my lips around those clams! weeeee

Welcome back.. faboo shots kiddo!

 
At Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 11:08:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CHEESY: Cool! Would love to eat a clam with you. Keep that in mind. No idea what the schedule is though. I will tell Paul and Bonnie to expect you.

And THANK YOU! blush....G

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 5:35:00 AM PST , Blogger Scarlet said...

No one can snap photos like you, Mr. Gawpo. The cheese ball moon in the last photo is priceless.

The cow pics were...moooving and thank you, thank you for sharing the plane photos, so close up and personal.

It's good to have you back.

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:36:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

I took my lil' camera out and about today looking for winter whites to photograph. I went downtown..it was harder to find WHITE things that I thought! It was a fun challenge to myself!

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 5:45:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

You are so lucky to have the elk right in your yard! I have a gazillion birds and a few squirrels in my yard right now taking advantage of free food, but no elk, not even any deer. We are having a lot of rain here but Saturday there was a slight break and I went on a hike by the American river parkway and took a bunch of nature pictures. It was so beautiful or, viewtiful as you say. My McMinnville son is coming home for a short break and I'm thinkin' the weather won't suit, haha!
Glad to see you back in blogland Gawpo. Take more nature pics of your area, it's lovely there.

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 8:10:00 PM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

Gawpo I love the picture of the seagulls all in a row. Holy cow, your teaser has me hooked, what internet issues? E-mail me...or must I do the inquiry first? Glad you're back.

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 9:01:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SCARLET: Horale! Thank you, Scarlet. I am loving the new picturer. Cheeseball Moon. That's what I am going to call it when I frame it. You get credit at the bottom, fur shur.

Mooooving. Que chiste! Yes, that's what they call female elk. The boys are bulls. The babies are calves, too. Mooove over, Mrs. Holstein.

And it is so good to be back. Cheers!

PAM ARIES: Great challenge. Not such a challenge for me right at the moment as the snow is coming down hard. I got a great one of the front deck, sans artificial light except for what was coming through from the hallway that rendered a lovely effect. I will post it and dedicate its whiteness to you. Hooty Hoo!

Oh, CLAIRE: Yeah, isn't that just too cool. I have lived on this hill for going on 27 years and have never seen a herd in the yard. Just the one time when the branch bull elk IN VELVET! was in the back yard and my dog was standing there barking at him. I was buck butt nekkid and slipped some shoes on to follow him down the cat road, snapping some lucky shots. But with film and I would have to dig the negatives out.

Mac son is not going to like not leaving the yuk. I know how that feels. Seems like just about every time I go to Turlock, the weather there is crappy and they are having sun up here. More pics to come, my friend. I am loving you in the party.

KAT: I will email you, Kat. I am going to be digging more gull action. I have an idea to set them up for a picture fest. xo, G

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:17:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Ha! I know exactly where you were! And do you have any idea how many times I've driven by or been in that gas station? lol I soooo can not wait to get home!

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:46:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BWOOKIE: I am a bit naughty in my tempting you, but really, it's a done deal. So all I am doing is welcoming you home with some delicious visuals that will bring you all back. xo, G

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2:45:00 PM PST , Blogger vicci said...

That movie "The Birds"...scared me to death....!!!!!! The kids in the schoolhouse....and her running across the playground...oh.....I always miss you!!! I also love the morning elk.....and...take a look at the photo I posted this morning...great minds think alike huh!!!?????? er...sumthin!!! XXXOOOOOOHUGS....KISSES.....

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:58:00 PM PST , Blogger AnnieElf said...

OMG, Gawpo, I LOVE your camera. I so need to upgrade. Needless to say, the bottom picture is sublime. I got a kick out of the Hwy 20 sign. My instant reaction was "Hey, I recognize that corner!!". Love "The Birds". One of the all time spook movies. Great pics, especially number - oh heck - all of them.

 
At Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 3:47:00 AM PST , Blogger Nessa said...

Gawpy's back. Yipee! (Duck - you're too funny.)

 
At Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:45:00 AM PST , Blogger mindy said...

missed you! i love the sunset picture.. i hope you didn't look directly into the sun. i've heard that's not good for the eyes. :)

 
At Friday, February 1, 2008 at 9:25:00 AM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Maybe Sunday afternoon?? I have to find a place to watch the superbowl... the Sandbar is as good a place as any!! E-mail me kiddo and I will be in touch after I land in the sand....

cheesewoods@gmail.com

 
At Friday, February 1, 2008 at 12:54:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

ANNIE FROM TURLOCK: Yayyyy! Thought you and Donaldo might recognize that corner.

NESSA: Ha! Glad you caught that one. Can't pass up a lame joke, now can I? Looks like we might be seeing Cindra tonight over at Juniper's haunt for din-din. Can't wait to see the little one and get my guitar back.

MINDANCE: I know it looks like a sunset, but it's the moon, Honey---the MOON. Uh-Huh. See the green cheese? Only its beauty can hurt the eyes. So I'm good. Did you figure out how to reduce the pixels from within the picturer? You go to the menu and it's pretty simple to find. It creates a new file without altering in any way the original.

CHEESY: Looks like we're squared away via email. Hope to see you Sunday. That would make it Super. G

 
At Friday, February 1, 2008 at 12:57:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

VICCANCE: Oooops. Didn't go up high enough. I mean....saving the best for last. Yeah, that's the ticket!

I will go check out what you posted on the 28th. And yes---Hel-OHHHH---that movie scared the guano out of me too!

xoxoxoXO, G

 

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