Man and Machine

Whether for logging and manufacturing today, or dredging for gold in the past, many Oregonian's have had jobs operating machinery. Today we're sharing a few photos celebrating this hard work.

Bill Ahrens polishes a rod manufactured by Arrow Machine Works of Portland, OR for use in a Nuclear Power Plant.  His work is one of the last steps in 2 weeks of work that went into the production of this part. Photo by Sean Bowie

Bill Ahrens polishes a rod manufactured by Arrow Machine Works of Portland, OR for use in a Nuclear Power Plant.  His work is one of the last steps in 2 weeks of work that went into the production of this part. Photo by Sean Bowie

At JELD-WEN in Klamath Falls. Photo by Pat Burk

At JELD-WEN in Klamath Falls. Photo by Pat Burk

Inside the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge it took a crew of three to operate the massive machinery. The historic dredge is preserved by the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area. Photo by Lynn Murrey

Inside the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge it took a crew of three to operate the massive machinery. The historic dredge is preserved by the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area. Photo by Lynn Murrey

Dogs

Did you hear the news this past week? An Oregon Great Dane ate 43 and a half socks, which fortunately were able to be surgically removed by a Portland-area veterinary hospital. In honor of this Oregon dog, today we're sharing images of a few more of man's best friends.

Pete gets a treat after a bath by owner, Aubrea McNamara at Suds em Yourself on 11th St. in Eugene. Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

Pete gets a treat after a bath by owner, Aubrea McNamara at Suds em Yourself on 11th St. in Eugene. Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

Andrew Eberly's dog, a Blue Heeler named Little, gets a bit impatient and tries to hurry things up, while the silly humans chat. Little is a year and a half, and high energy - he prefers running along with Andrew's bike to leisurely park walks. (at Peninsula Park in North Portland) Photo by Keri Friedman

Andrew Eberly's dog, a Blue Heeler named Little, gets a bit impatient and tries to hurry things up, while the silly humans chat. Little is a year and a half, and high energy - he prefers running along with Andrew's bike to leisurely park walks. (at Peninsula Park in North Portland) Photo by Keri Friedman

Photo by Ray Hughey

Photo by Ray Hughey

Back to School

As summer comes to a close, students across Oregon are heading back to school. Today we're sharing a few images of Oregon schools, some historical and some still in use.

The Waldron School, established in 1874, greets northbound drivers at MP 10 on Hwy 207 between Mitchell & Service Creek. While the school hasn't been used for years, the locals still keep it maintained & welcoming. Photo by Diane Kulpinski

The Waldron School, established in 1874, greets northbound drivers at MP 10 on Hwy 207 between Mitchell & Service Creek. While the school hasn't been used for years, the locals still keep it maintained & welcoming. Photo by Diane Kulpinski

Self-portrait with his dog Phoebe in front of the old Andrews School in Andrews. Photo by John Simpkins

Self-portrait with his dog Phoebe in front of the old Andrews School in Andrews. Photo by John Simpkins

Portland Opportunities Industrial Center (POIC), Rosemary Anderson High School, is a non-profit educational and workforce training organization that works with disenfranchised youth in Northeast and East Multnomah county. While gaining skills to apply for high school credits, students also get Phys Ed credit for participating in sports. Deon Sims and Dequan Wilatson are very into basketball. Photo by Jan Landis

Portland Opportunities Industrial Center (POIC), Rosemary Anderson High School, is a non-profit educational and workforce training organization that works with disenfranchised youth in Northeast and East Multnomah county. While gaining skills to apply for high school credits, students also get Phys Ed credit for participating in sports. Deon Sims and Dequan Wilatson are very into basketball. Photo by Jan Landis

Portraits of Oregonians

Nothing can represent Oregon better than its people. Today we're sharing a few portraits of Oregonians that our photographers captured.

Want to see more portraits? Here are some we posted last year.

Atlanta native and 4-year Portlander Dee Gibson bartending at Dig A Pony on SE Grand. Photo by Intisar Abioto

Atlanta native and 4-year Portlander Dee Gibson bartending at Dig A Pony on SE Grand. Photo by Intisar Abioto

A young student wears a big grin while waiting for his class to begin at the Dual Language Academy, a program taught in both English and Spanish and run concurrently with the district's migrant summer school program at Lincoln Street Elementary. Photo by Michal Thompson

A young student wears a big grin while waiting for his class to begin at the Dual Language Academy, a program taught in both English and Spanish and run concurrently with the district's migrant summer school program at Lincoln Street Elementary. Photo by Michal Thompson

Deanna VanDoozer of Liberty Bakery in Joseph. Photo by Erika Plummer

Deanna VanDoozer of Liberty Bakery in Joseph. Photo by Erika Plummer

Video: Harp Music

"It relaxes me," says Dene Bish, of James Excell's Celtic folk harp music. "It alleviates my headaches, reduces tension, tremors and rigidity. Often the effects will last through the evening, until I go to sleep." Bish suffers from Multiple Systems Atrophy and is under hospice care in her home. She looks forward to weekly visits from Excell.

Video by Betty Udesen, taken in Talent, Oregon.

Biking

Biking is both recreation and an important mode of transportation for people throughout Oregon, and our photographers captured many images of bikes and their riders. Today we're sharing a few of them.

British cyclists Tom Merriman & Jana Phillips take a break at Ochoco Summit - Mile Post 50 on US Hwy 26 - between Mitchell & Prineville. They are in their 10th week of a cross country bike tour from NY to CA. Photo by Diane Kulpinski

British cyclists Tom Merriman & Jana Phillips take a break at Ochoco Summit - Mile Post 50 on US Hwy 26 - between Mitchell & Prineville. They are in their 10th week of a cross country bike tour from NY to CA. Photo by Diane Kulpinski

The cool way to bike around Bend. Photo by Jill Rosell

The cool way to bike around Bend. Photo by Jill Rosell

Family on a bike ride in La Grande. Photo by Brent Clapp

Family on a bike ride in La Grande. Photo by Brent Clapp

Signs

Today we're sharing some interesting signs that photographers found as they captured images for Project Dayshoot. Old or new, they add character to their communities.

Bourne, Oregon's "Welcome Sign" in Baker County. Photo by Lynn Murrey

Bourne, Oregon's "Welcome Sign" in Baker County. Photo by Lynn Murrey

Old paint on the side of a silo at the Harney County Farm Supply in Burns Oregon. Photo by Keith Skelton

Old paint on the side of a silo at the Harney County Farm Supply in Burns Oregon. Photo by Keith Skelton

It's hard to miss the creative signage on the Nite Hawk Cafe & Lounge on the corner of Interstate Ave & Rosa Parks Way in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood of North Portland. The Nite Hawk, in various incarnations, has existed since 1931. Bill and Elaine Mildenberger bought it in the early 80s and over the years, along with their son Bill, have remodeled and renovated it to become a neighborhood favorite for tasty food & good local company. Photo by Keri Friedman

It's hard to miss the creative signage on the Nite Hawk Cafe & Lounge on the corner of Interstate Ave & Rosa Parks Way in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood of North Portland. The Nite Hawk, in various incarnations, has existed since 1931. Bill and Elaine Mildenberger bought it in the early 80s and over the years, along with their son Bill, have remodeled and renovated it to become a neighborhood favorite for tasty food & good local company. Photo by Keri Friedman

Oregon Summer

It's nearly August in Oregon, and our state is absolutely beautiful. There's nothing quite like a Pacific Northwest summer, so today we're sharing a few of the many photos we collected that capture aspects of what makes Oregon summers so wonderful. Enjoy!

Photo by David Keller

Photo by David Keller

A couple paddle boarding on the Deschutes River in Bend. Photo by Marji Parker

A couple paddle boarding on the Deschutes River in Bend. Photo by Marji Parker

A shopper picks out tomatoes at a Farmer's market in Portland. Photo by Mary Volm

A shopper picks out tomatoes at a Farmer's market in Portland. Photo by Mary Volm

Fishing

From the ocean to the rivers to our many lakes and ponds, fishing is both a hobby and a way of life for Oregonians across the state. Today we're sharing a few photos of fishing in action.

Dan Johnson of Des Moines, WA casts his spey rod while fishing guide, Tom Larimer, records his casting for analysis on an iPad app. Photo by Craig Strong

Dan Johnson of Des Moines, WA casts his spey rod while fishing guide, Tom Larimer, records his casting for analysis on an iPad app. Photo by Craig Strong

Eugene resident Paul Moore fishes for steelhead on the Willamette River near Dexter on Monday, July 15, 2013. Moore moved to Oregon from California in 1981 and over the years he's spent as much of his free time as possible fly fishing. Photo by Carl Davaz/The Register-Guard

Eugene resident Paul Moore fishes for steelhead on the Willamette River near Dexter on Monday, July 15, 2013. Moore moved to Oregon from California in 1981 and over the years he's spent as much of his free time as possible fly fishing. Photo by Carl Davaz/The Register-Guard

Marlene is the first to admit that crab fishing when it's not crabbing season is a fool's errand, but it is a tradition for her. Every year, the Milwaukie, OR resident comes to Newport for two weeks to go crabbing. Photo by Meredith Lawrence

Marlene is the first to admit that crab fishing when it's not crabbing season is a fool's errand, but it is a tradition for her. Every year, the Milwaukie, OR resident comes to Newport for two weeks to go crabbing. Photo by Meredith Lawrence