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

Happy Independence Day!

This week we wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend. We've chosen to share a few photos that capture the spirit of the holiday.

Cecil Store, in Cecil, Oregon. Photo by Joni Kabana

Cecil Store, in Cecil, Oregon. Photo by Joni Kabana

Zoe James, 11, of Sweet Home waits with her 14-year-old Arabian, Blaze, for the start of her event at the Linn County 4H-FFA fair in Albany, Oregon. Photo by Mark Ylen

Zoe James, 11, of Sweet Home waits with her 14-year-old Arabian, Blaze, for the start of her event at the Linn County 4H-FFA fair in Albany, Oregon. Photo by Mark Ylen

Roderick Olsen created a combination flag and flower monument from this 1944 International truck. Photo by Stewart Harvey

Roderick Olsen created a combination flag and flower monument from this 1944 International truck. Photo by Stewart Harvey

Oregon Plants

Agriculture and forestry are both important parts of Oregon's economy. Today's images show the beauty of a few of the plants that Oregon produces.

Lavender grows particularly well in the maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest. At the Oregon Lavender Farm near Oregon City, over 25 acres are in production. Located at the end of the Oregon Trail, the farm enjoys views of three Cascade peaks, including Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood, pictured here. Photo by Janet Loughrey

Lavender grows particularly well in the maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest. At the Oregon Lavender Farm near Oregon City, over 25 acres are in production. Located at the end of the Oregon Trail, the farm enjoys views of three Cascade peaks, including Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood, pictured here. Photo by Janet Loughrey

Sprinklers create a fog like effect when they splash off the Douglas Fir trees in the morning sun at Columbia Park in Portland. Photo by Jerry Makare

Sprinklers create a fog like effect when they splash off the Douglas Fir trees in the morning sun at Columbia Park in Portland. Photo by Jerry Makare

Picking grapes on a farm near Oregon City. Photo by Dan Sadowsky

Picking grapes on a farm near Oregon City. Photo by Dan Sadowsky

Buildings in Oregon

If you have been able to visit our exhibit in Hood River over the past week, we hope you spent a few minutes watching images scroll by on a video monitor in the lobby. The monitor features an image from each and every photographer who participated in the project. Below is a sample of images included around the theme of buildings.

Mid-Columbia Producers' grain elevators from highway 19 in Condon. Photo by McLaren Stinchfield

Mid-Columbia Producers' grain elevators from highway 19 in Condon. Photo by McLaren Stinchfield

Horses, used for recreation, on a farm in the Willamette Valley. Photo by Tom Reiman

Horses, used for recreation, on a farm in the Willamette Valley. Photo by Tom Reiman

The 125-foot Astoria Column overlooks Astoria and the mouth of the Columbia River. Photo by Michael Parker

The 125-foot Astoria Column overlooks Astoria and the mouth of the Columbia River. Photo by Michael Parker

Hood River Exhibit Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 7pm, our new exhibit at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River will be kicking off with a presentation by several project participants. We hope you'll join us! In the meantime, today we're sharing one last preview of a few of the images that will be part of the exhibit.

Dilapidated homestead with its water pump windmill contrasted with modern wind turbines. Photo by Lynn Woodward

Dilapidated homestead with its water pump windmill contrasted with modern wind turbines. Photo by Lynn Woodward

Cyclists race at Portland International Raceway. Photo by Tim LaBarge

Cyclists race at Portland International Raceway. Photo by Tim LaBarge

The Hood River airport and surroundings as seen from a Cessna 172. Photo by Brian Burk

The Hood River airport and surroundings as seen from a Cessna 172. Photo by Brian Burk

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

Hood River Exhibit Sneak Peek

Our exhibit at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River is just around the corner! We hope you can join us for the kick-off presentation on Thursday June 5th at 7pm. If not, stop by and take a peek any time in June. In the meantime, today we're sharing three photos that will be part of the exhibit.

Kids cool off at the Salmon Street springs in Portland. Photo by C. Bruce Forster

Kids cool off at the Salmon Street springs in Portland. Photo by C. Bruce Forster

The corner of 14th and Commercial in Astoria. Photo by Damian Mulinix

The corner of 14th and Commercial in Astoria. Photo by Damian Mulinix

The A.H. McIntyre grain elevator north of Athena, photographed at sunrise. Photo by Fred Joe

The A.H. McIntyre grain elevator north of Athena, photographed at sunrise. Photo by Fred Joe

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