Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Personal | Cannon Beach {Part 6} Tuesday Evening

           After supper, we went for a swim and then out to the beach for a campfire with s’mores! When the sun started going down, I ran inside to get my violin, grabbed my camera (and Irina to take pictures), and went out on the water’s edge to play the violin in the sunset while Irina took pictures. It was, for me, a majestically, breath-taking, astounding experience to play the violin on the beach, during a sunset. The beautiful ocean sounds made for great play-along music! I think this may have been one of my favorite things I did at the ocean.

Entering this (above) photo into: 

and then, she {snapped}

Personal | Cannon Beach {Part 5} Monday and Tuesday Morning

           On Monday morning Irina and I wanted to walk around downtown Cannon Beach, and Aunt Anne decided that she wanted to go with us. So we set out for a fun “Aunt/Niece” time…going to the tiny, two store mall, wonderful smelling candy shop, an antique shop, a quaint, little used books store, a Christmas store where Irina wanted to turn on every noise making thing in it J, and lots of other places. Meanwhile, Susanna and Jonathan had a great time flying a kite on the windy beach for the first time in their life. Just seeing the joy in their little faces makes one wish to be a little again! 

On the left is the mall. Pretty small...the right top is just some cute shops. I loved the "village" feel. And at the right bottom is the quaint little book store. I really like the colors. 

Yep, you guessed it. The candy shop. [smile]

Security camera + me + my camera = self portrait time. 

          On Tuesday morning Uncle Joe announced that he was going to take us kids to Tillamook, about a forty-five minute drive from Cannon Beach. We set out around ten a.m. The first stop was at Fred Meyers to get something for lunch. Then we found a little secluded beach at the dead end of a road to eat at. It was a beautiful beach with driftwood and lots of wave action. Irina kept bugging Uncle Joe that we could get free wood from the beach instead of buying “five dolla’ wood” for our campfire that evening. He finally gave in, and they all collected two bags of driftwood – which made for a great fire later on. Our next stop was the Cape Meare’s Lighthouse. It was one of the shortest, yet best lighthouses on the Oregon Coast. We were not allowed to climb to the top because of vandalism that happened last year. While we were at the lighthouse, we also visited the “Octopus Tree”, which was at the same place. This tree had eight different “trunks” coming from one trunk – pretty cool! Our trip was concluded with a visit to the Tillamook County Creamery Association. There we saw where they make and package cheese. After watching them do that for a while, and sampling all the different kinds of cheese, Uncle Joe treated us to some of their ahhhmazing ice-cream. So yummy! We arrived back in time for me cook up a quick dinner of Tuna Cheese Casserole – which, I think, everyone enjoyed. J

This is one of my favorite shots from the week.

On the bottom right is the "Octopus Tree". It had eight trunks. 

I hadn't done a Cannon Beach post in a couple weeks, but I figured I should finish up the series. :) There's a couple more posts left. Then we'll be on to Thanksgiving pictures. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Waiting
Waiting for the butterhorn rolls to raise...

 2. Foliage
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Usually the leaves are beautiful, but this year it rain most of September and the leaves died. 

3. Candid
My bro and cousin (the little guy) on Thanksgiving. :)

 4. Fork, Spoon, or Knife

5. Rule of Thirds
This is the ring bear from the wedding I shot. (Pictures yet to come...) Isn't he adorable?!

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I know I did! My sister came home with two friends from college and spent four days with us. We also had a small family gathering. It was a wonderful week. 

P.S. Don't forget to vote on my poll at the top of the page!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cannon Beach {Part 4} | Sunday Afternoon

           We kids were ready to get out for a bit, and I wanted to go see a big tree that Daddy told me about; Uncle Joe came to the rescue by taking us to see the world’s largest Sitka Spruce, and then on a walk downtown Seaside. The Spruce tree was pretty cool, but a few years back it was struck by lightning during heavy hurricane winds. The top of the tree fell off, and the middle was chopped down, so the only remaining part was the trunk – and that was still really tall. 

All of us in between the trunk and the part that got struck. 

My beautiful Mom.

My annoying lovely sister. 

I went off on a little walk by my self while the others climbed the tree, and what would I find? None but Nature's Living Room itself. Don't you see it...To the left is a little couch, in the middle is the coffee table, and at the right is another couch. Love it!

           Seaside was a busy town on the Ocean, and with it being the weekend, it was even busier than normal. We walked around, went in a few shops to buy shells, saw the end of the Louis ‘n Clark trail, took pictures, and laughed – laughing is an essential to life. J All in all, it was a well spent afternoon. When we got back the Inn, the kids went on their daily swim. Much time was spent in that indoor, saltwater pool. 

End of the Louis n' Clark Trail. 

This is the only picture I got of Seaside. Sad huh? But hey! There's a cool car!! 


Does she not look like an angel coming up from the water?! Awesome. What great photography skills my Mom has. :)

Well, you all have a great day! I think I have one [maybe two] more Cannon Beach posts, but in between those; you may be seeing some Autumn loveliness and Wedding pictures [!!!!]. ~Sveta