Architecture

Awesome architecture in NW Portland

Hello, dahlings! I’ve been meaning to share these photos of the wonderful architecture on St Andrews Catholic Church down in Portland where we did a photo shoot last week. But, I am having a super un-energetic week this week. Not sure if it’s due to the gray weather, me running out of flavored coffee creamer and choosing to drink tea instead of unflavored coffee (bleh!), or a total lack of sleep on Sunday night before having to get up early to be on set as an extra for the first day of filming for The Librarians, season 4. (Whoo!) I feel like I’ve been taking naps every day to catch up from that one night of terrible sleep. But it’s also been super gray and rainy out, and I know that affects my energy level a bit, too. Today, I’ve had my coffee and have been going all day! I know, the struggle is real peeps…

I’m sure there are a lot of other old churches around Portland with beautiful architecture. In fact, I know there are. I fully intend to visit more of them some day. But for now, this is the one I visited recently. All my architecture lovers out there, this post is for you!

 

St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR
St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR

 

Ornate door
Ornate door

 

Quiet reflections
Quiet reflections

 

Through the dogwoods
Through the dogwoods

 

Amazing architecture
Amazing architecture

 

Door artwork
Door artwork

 

 

 

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California Dreaming

I keep getting the song ‘Hello’ by Adele stuck in my head. I keep playing it on YouTube over and over again. Do you ever do that with a song you like? Just keep replaying it until you’re finally sick of it, or move on to another one and then start listening to the new song over and over again? The phrase ‘I’m in California dreaming’ keeps getting stuck in my mind. I recently went down there just to get away. It was wonderful to be warm again and see sunshine and flowers and ocean beaches. I realize I’m on the train to Brokeville, so it may be my last trip on a plane for a long while – but it was so good to just escape my life that is falling apart around me, and just be free! It’s raining here in Oregon, things aren’t any better at home. In fact, they may even be worse, but somehow despite the fact that my soul feels heavy from the weight of all the things going wrong in my life right now, my heart feels light, as I’m still in California dreaming in my head…

 

 

Statue of Santa Monica
Statue of Santa Monica

 

Through the slats
Through the slats

 

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

 

3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

 

Santa Monica City Hall
Santa Monica City Hall

 

Surfer girl graffiti
Surfer girl graffiti
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A search for soursop and Mt Tabor reservoir

After a scare with breast cancer a couple of weeks ago where I ended up needing to go get a biopsy – only to sit worrying or trying not to worry until the Dr. called and said the results were negative – I found myself down in Portland at Fubon Marketplace trying to find a place where I could buy soursop fruit. Apparently the soursop fruit has an active ingredient that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. So I figured why not try and find the fruit and incorporate it into my diet as a preventative measure? Sadly, I have yet to find it. And I’m sure if I went back to Papua New Guinea, where I grew up as a missionary kid, I could find it quite easily as I remember eating soursop fruit while there. But, alas, it is hard to find in the States…

So, after driving all the way down to this Asian Marketplace which I was hoping would have my miracle cure for cancer, I headed over to Mt Tabor reservoir in Portland on a rare warm, sunny winter day. I’ve been wanting to go take pictures of all the medieval looking architecture on the buildings around there. They look like they belong on ancient castle grounds. The only thing missing is an ancient castle to go with the outlying buildings. They drained the upper reservoir and it is no longer used as a water source for Portland. The lower reservoir still has water in it, which made for some wonderful photo opportunities with water and reflections. Ah, bliss! However, they were doing construction on one side of the lower reservoir, so some of my photos looking in that direction ended up with the bright blue honeybucket in the background. I turned some of those into black & white or sepia toned photos so the construction area wouldn’t stand out so much, and have not chosen to put them on my blog. You can find them on my Instagram. Ha. I may have to go back some day when the construction is done just to get better photos looking toward the construction zone. Here are a few of my photos from that day:

 

Guard house at Mt. Tabor Reservoir
Guard house at Mt. Tabor Reservoir

 

Crenellations
Crenellations

 

Going down
Going down

 

Through the trees
Through the trees

 

Reflection
Reflection

 

Looking up
Looking up

 

 

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Bird House Whimsy

I find myself drawn to interesting bird houses when I’m out walking around. I was doing a bird house search at my friends house earlier this month because there were so many of them hanging from trees, nestled inside the branches. I don’t often find birds actually using these cute little homes we make for them, perhaps they are more for us to enjoy than the birds, whatever the case, I love the whimsy of them.

 

Whimsical birdhouses
Whimsical birdhouses

 

Bird feeder in the fall
Bird feeder in the fall

 

Birdhouse amidst the fall glory
Birdhouse amidst the fall glory

 

Very homey
Very homey

 

Triangle birdhouse
Triangle birdhouse

 

There was a crooked house
There was a crooked house

 

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Red barns

I love barns and always think about stopping to take photos of them, but usually I am on my way some place and don’t bother stopping. When we were in Michigan a couple of years ago, there were barns everywhere that I wanted to take photos of. But, alas, we were only in town for less than a week for my cousins wedding, and we were always too busy to stop and take photos. It would be nice to go back some time and be able to stop and take photos at a more leisurely pace.  Last week I stopped to take photos of a couple of beautiful red barns on my way home from a friends house, and I realized I really should do that more often.  Here are  some of my own photos and a few more I liked.

 

Whimsical details, West Linn, Oregon
Whimsical details, West Linn, Oregon

 

Red barn, West Linn, Oregon
Red barn, West Linn, Oregon

 

Shakertown Red Barn
Shakertown Red Barn

 

Sun Valley Lodge
Sun Valley Lodge

 

See the beauty
See the beauty

 

Round barn
Round barn

 

 

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Lighthouses – let your light shine

Lighthouses are used to mark treacherous paths through the ocean. They can be seen as a warning in daylight, but the light shines brightest in the darkest hours of night. As an actress, I’m learning to be more like the lighthouse. To shine through the darkness. Sometimes we hide pieces of ourselves, not wanting those around us to see who we really are, but, like the lighthouse, if we let our light shine through the darkness, we can warn others of potential hazards so they can steer clear. When acting, this is 10 times more important because, in order to play a role, we have to let parts of ourselves out. Our pain, insecurities, brokenness & fears as well as the good things: our hopes, joys, dreams. It’s easier to let the good parts of ourselves out, but in order to really shine in acting, the bad has to come out, too. I strive to be more like the lighthouse in my acting. To shine brightly through the darkness, even when I feel like I have nothing to give, to give it anyway, becoming a beacon of light shining brightly for others to see.

 

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must also be present. ~ Francis Bacon
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must also be present. ~ Francis Bacon

 

Barns Ness Lighthouse, Dunbar
Barns Ness Lighthouse, Dunbar

 

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Washington
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Washington

 

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse

 

North Head Lighthouse, Washington
North Head Lighthouse, Washington

 

Newhaven lighthouse
Newhaven lighthouse

 

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Pittock Mansion

I recently went on a trip to the Pittock Mansion in Portland,Oregon. I didn’t go inside the mansion because it cost $10, but it’s free to walk around the grounds, so that’s exactly what I did. It has beautiful views of Portland’s skyline &  lovely flower gardens. Throughout the year they have 2 for 1 admission, so I’ll have to wait for one of those days and go back and visit with a friend another time. But there is still a lot of loveliness to see just walking around the grounds. Here are some photos of the lovely architecture, flowers and view on the mansion’s well manicured lawns.

 

 

Dahlia
Dahlia

 

Delphiniums
Delphiniums

 

A view of Portland, Oregon from the grounds of the Pittock Mansion
A view of Portland, Oregon from the grounds of the Pittock Mansion

 

Pittock Mansion through the trees.
Pittock Mansion through the trees.

 

Black-eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans

 

Sun rays on roses
Sun rays on roses
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