Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wintery "goodness"

I hate the snow. It's cold, wet and usually comes with ice that makes you slide around all over the place. Sure, it's beautiful and all, but what it has in beauty, it lacks in functionality. When you mix in the fact that most of the Willamette Valley doesn't know how to handle snow and therefore things basically shut down, you have a big snowball from hell.

Because of the arctic freeze of 2008, I have missed a theater production I really wanted to see not only because I couldn't make it to Portland, but the show was actually canceled because of the weather. I am sure it was amazing when it was performed and I am upset I didn't get to see it. And to add on to the annoyance that is the snow, I am heading to Seattle on a plane via the Eugene Airport instead of driving there like I normally would. I don't mind flying, but it seems so stupid to fly somewhere when you can drive there so easily and for a lot less money.

But, to add a positive spin on it all, here are a couple of photos from the snowfall in Corvallis.

You can see how much snow is on each branch. This snow was sticking to everything.

This dog was awesome. He had unlimited energy as he chased the tennis ball all around the MU. His owner would load the ball into the sling-like thrower and launch it. The dog would haul off across the snow to find it (or not sometimes... the snow was pretty deep). The only time he would stop would be as he returned the ball and waited for the next toss.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More photos

It turns out I am slacking off. I haven't found as much time as I would like to go find photos, but I have a few. And since it has been too long since my last post, here are a few photos featuring me trying to find some sort of beauty in the mundane and grey. The first is a close up of an old school newspaper printing plate and the others are from around the neighborhood now that winter is closing in.

As a bonus, here are a few photos from a couple years back that I ran across. I was out shooting some random photos for a friend and these were just fun.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Beatiful Fall

While I was on the OSU campus waiting for my next work assignment to begin, I decided to spend a little time taking pictures of the trees and leaves because this fall provided some of the most amazing colors and patters for trees. It was great.

I felt I had to share these photos with anyone who wanted to see them because the colors were quite the sight to behold. At first, I didn't think much about it all because I got lost in the colors and the moment. However, I have come to a bit of a realization that most of you have probably already figured out. It is easy to see the great things in life when they are beautiful and obvious.

It is really easy on a fall day to stop and take a moment to enjoy your surroundings because the colors are so vibrant and everything seems pretty good. But when things are ugly and gray, that is the time to stop and appreciate the things that you have around you.

So here is my challenge to myself and anyone else who is willing to take it. Get out there with your camera over the next week and find beauty in this time where the weather is dark and dreary. Look for those things out there that are beautiful, even if it isn't obvious. I will do this and post my next batch of pictures now that the leaves have turned and fallen to the ground. It will be a great exercise for all aspects of life.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The last few weeks... revisiting some issues

Since I didn't have this blog a few weeks ago, I didn't have an outlet to share a story that really got to me a little while ago. I was on my way back to work after going home for lunch when I got a call that a man was pinned under a car at the corner of 14th Street and Van Buren Avenue. Accidents are one part of the job that I hate because you never know what you are going to run into, but it isn't often good. It turns out, the man was in his truck, which stalled out at the stop sign. For some reason, the truck was configured in such a way that he didn't use a key to start it, but "hotwired" it from under the hood. Unfortunately, when he got out and started it again, it lurched forward and pinned him underneath and he ended up dying from his injuries. This is something straight out of the Darwin awards, but to see it in real life isn't funny at all. I felt horrible for this poor man and his family.

This event, while tragic, was not the catalyzing moment that triggered my ultimate sadness. What really got to me was the reaction of the crowd that had gathered around the scene as the emergency crews raced to try and save this man's life. Many were in shock and horrified, but some, for reason's beyond my comprehension, were taking pictures and video with their cell phones. Now I was there taking pictures, I will give you this, but it is part of my job and I can guarantee you that I would be no where near the scene with a camera if I didn't have to be. So I can't quite fathom why people would want pictures and video of a poor man dying under his truck. Am I wrong in all of this?

In truth, I was truly saddened by our society which appears to have become so desensitized that they would stand by and take pictures and video for whatever reason as a man dies. I have had to cover a few things at this job where people have died and I use my camera as a buffer between me and the reality of what is going on because I have to be there and must get through it for work. But don't think that each one doesn't affect me and I don't think about what I saw. I can only hope that those people there, with their cameras and cell phones, were using them as their own shield from reality, but they had a reasonable choice to just walk away so they didn't have to see it. And I hope each person is affected by what they saw there because they should be. If not, and it is just another story to tell and laugh about, then I really do worry.

To end on a positive note however, I had some of my faith in humanity restored that night as I shared my story with friends. They were each very helpful and reassured me that it was good that I was impacted by this event. One friend in particular, helped me more than she can ever know when she told me that she went to the place of the accident and prayed for the man and his family that night. She wasn't there at the scene and only heard about it through me, but she genuinely felt for the man and his family and that meant the world to me because it helped restore some faith in people. I don't follow any particular religion and not much for praying, but her prayers helped at least one person that day and for that I am forever grateful.

And for anyone out there reading, I promise the next post will be much happier.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A new world of blogging.

So here I am, on the verge of jumping into the world of blogging. Sure, I have blogged before, but only using the MySpace blogging function, and that is a bit different cause only my friends get to see that. Here, however, I get to expose my thoughts to a larger potential audience. Of course, I could have a much smaller audience here because with sooooo many bloggers out there, how many people really want to read about me and my life?

Nonetheless, here I go, ready to get out there in the open and tell people a little bit about me and what I am going through. I doubt this will provide anyone with great insights into life, love or anything else, but maybe someone will read one of my posts and will know what I am talking about or understand what I am going through and for that moment, they will know that someone else is going through similar ordeals or thinking similar thoughts and they will see that they are not alone. I think that the realization that you are not alone can really mean a lot to people because I know it means a lot to me.

Hopefully, in this giant realm of blogging, people can connect and see that people are very similar in many ways and through that realization, we can all share more knowledge with each other and through that knowlege, we can all live a little better and happier.

So, as you read through this and other posts or other people's blogs, please feel free to leave comments and give your insight because I think sharing information is what this is all about.