People

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

Water

Our image collection was created in the summer (a year ago next Tuesday July 15th!), so quite a few of the photos feature water, a key part of an Oregon summer, for recreation, gardening, and as a key feature of our beautiful state.

 A young boy helps water the flowers.  Photo by Stu Mullenberg

A young boy helps water the flowers. Photo by Stu Mullenberg

 The view from behind a water fall at Silver Falls State Park.  Photo by Ancil Nance

The view from behind a water fall at Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Ancil Nance

 Milo Hernandez, 8, cools off in the Calapooia River near Albany.  Photo by Christopher Onstott

Milo Hernandez, 8, cools off in the Calapooia River near Albany. Photo by Christopher Onstott

Fun in the Water

Summer is almost here, and it looks like this weekend will give us another taste! In anticipation of all the fun we can have out on the water in the coming months, today we're sharing photos of a few Oregon children enjoying Oregon rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

 Kaleb and Lauren Whippleson play with their 4 month old daughter, Clementyne at the Swimming Reservoir in Lithia Park in Ashland.  Photo by Chris Briscoe

Kaleb and Lauren Whippleson play with their 4 month old daughter, Clementyne at the Swimming Reservoir in Lithia Park in Ashland. Photo by Chris Briscoe

 Fionnuala McManama, three, sleeps off a busy day floating the Clackamas River at Barton Park in the back of her mom’s 1964 Impala.  Photo by Beth Buglione

Fionnuala McManama, three, sleeps off a busy day floating the Clackamas River at Barton Park in the back of her mom’s 1964 Impala. Photo by Beth Buglione

 Eight-year-old Tyler Kish came to the ROck Creek Swimming Hole in Vernonia, Ore., to practice his swimming skills with his mother, Traci Kish.  Photo by Natalie St. John

Eight-year-old Tyler Kish came to the ROck Creek Swimming Hole in Vernonia, Ore., to practice his swimming skills with his mother, Traci Kish. Photo by Natalie St. John

Oregonians at Work: In the Heat

It sure feels like summer out there! In honor of the warmth outside, today's installment of our Oregonians at Work series features jobs done in the heat.

Check out the other posts in the series:

Oregonians at Work
Oregonians at Work: Photo Perspectives
Oregonians at Work: Social Media Contributors
Oregonians at Work: Outside

 Loggers, from left, Jon Cunningham of Drain, Seth Williamson of Elkton and Justin Helgren of Elkton, work at a logging site outside Sutherlin.  Photo by Michael Sullivan

Loggers, from left, Jon Cunningham of Drain, Seth Williamson of Elkton and Justin Helgren of Elkton, work at a logging site outside Sutherlin. Photo by Michael Sullivan

 José Argumedo Diaz moves a 12' ladder to the next tree for cutting blight in a Cormice pear orchard. He's paid $9/hour by Meyer Orchards for the seasonal work. He likes working outdoors, but would prefer to have a year-round "steady" full-time job to support his family (a wife and three children). His employer, the Meyer family, has been growing and selling pears in Talent for 103 years.  Photo by Betty Udesen

José Argumedo Diaz moves a 12' ladder to the next tree for cutting blight in a Cormice pear orchard. He's paid $9/hour by Meyer Orchards for the seasonal work. He likes working outdoors, but would prefer to have a year-round "steady" full-time job to support his family (a wife and three children). His employer, the Meyer family, has been growing and selling pears in Talent for 103 years. Photo by Betty Udesen

 Clackamas Community College student, Lauren Riback, works on a piece she plans to submit to the Clackamas County Fair.  Photo by Dean Walch

Clackamas Community College student, Lauren Riback, works on a piece she plans to submit to the Clackamas County Fair. Photo by Dean Walch

Come see us in Hood River in June!

Hosted by the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River and with the generous support of Pro Photo Supply, we're excited to announce an exhibit of our images for the month of June. The month-long exhibit will kick off on Thursday June 5th at 7pm with an evening presentation by four Hood River photographers who participated in the project: Paloma Ayala, Peter Marbach, Thomas Boyd, and Blue Ackerman. You can see a little taste of their work below. We hope to see you at the Columbia Center for the Arts in June!

 Michele and her horse, Fancy.  Photo by Paloma Ayala

Michele and her horse, Fancy. Photo by Paloma Ayala

 Dick Arnold celebrates sunrise from the top of Mt. Hood.  Photo by Peter Marbach

Dick Arnold celebrates sunrise from the top of Mt. Hood. Photo by Peter Marbach

 Chuck Stephens and his daughter Evelyn, 3, of Portland, are pulled through the water in Oneonta Gorge by their husky dog named Monroe.  Photo by Thomas Boyd

Chuck Stephens and his daughter Evelyn, 3, of Portland, are pulled through the water in Oneonta Gorge by their husky dog named Monroe. Photo by Thomas Boyd

 A sunrise shot of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood.  Photo by Blue Ackerman

A sunrise shot of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood. Photo by Blue Ackerman

Oregonians at Work

For many Oregonians, a day in Oregon means a day spent at work. Today we're sharing a few more photos of Oregonians at work, part of an ongoing series. Check out the others in the series too:

Oregonians at Work
Oregonians at Work: Photo Perspectives
Oregonians at Work: Social Media Contributors
Oregonians at Work: Outside

 Bill Ahrens polishes a rod manufactured by Arrow Machine Works of Portland 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 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

 Zack Olmstead delivers some fish tacos to a customer from a food booth on the docks at Hood River.  Photo by Tom Boyd

Zack Olmstead delivers some fish tacos to a customer from a food booth on the docks at Hood River. Photo by Tom Boyd

 Danielle Parks engineers the KBOO-FM daily newscast. KBOO-FM is a nonprofit community radio station that has been in operation since the 1960s.  Photo by Delphine Criscenzo

Danielle Parks engineers the KBOO-FM daily newscast. KBOO-FM is a nonprofit community radio station that has been in operation since the 1960s. Photo by Delphine Criscenzo

New Life

Spring has arrived and the longer days and buds on the trees have got us thinking about new life. Luckily, several of our photographers captured images that show life's beginning in a variety of ways.

 A black crake chick five days after hatching at the Oregon Zoo.  Photo by Michael Durham

A black crake chick five days after hatching at the Oregon Zoo. Photo by Michael Durham

 Maria Cisneros with daughter and baby Ahyzel at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.  Photo by Peter Marbach

Maria Cisneros with daughter and baby Ahyzel at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Photo by Peter Marbach

 A Pendleton farmer inspects grains of wheat from his harvest.  Photo by Chantell Reid

A Pendleton farmer inspects grains of wheat from his harvest. Photo by Chantell Reid