I don't always enjoy surprises at work, but today I got a pleasant surprise when I learned that musician Curtis Salgado would be performing at the Oregon Legislature as he was being honored by the state for his outstanding musical and humanitarian contributions. Salgado was the inspiration behind John Belushi's Blues Brothers Movie in 1980. They met and became friends while Belushi was in Eugene, Oregon filming the movie Animal House.
This image represents part of a shoot I did a few years ago out near Dallas Oregon. About 600-1000 Canadian geese were going about their business when, unknown to them a coyote was on the prowl nearby. Coyotes are very bold and don't seem to hesitate putting themselves up against crazy odds. On another shoot this past summer I photographed some coyotes challenging a herd of Rocky Mountain big horn sheep.
Anyway, I shot several shots of the geese, and then crept to the edge of an embankment about 200 feet away, where I had an excellent view of the coyote. Unfortunately the coyote's cover was soon blown and within seconds the sky was filled with a million feathers. So, we can thank Photoshop for this fun photo that begs the question: What if?
'Welcome to the Rose City', the sign reads at Portland International Airport. 'Bridge City' might be more accurate with at least 10 major bridges connecting East and West Portland over the mighty yet sometimes calm Willamette river. The not yet finished bridge has a few temporary names including the 'Caruthers Bridge', and the 'Portland-Milwaukie light rail Bridge', and will get it's official name when it opens sometime in 2015. The Bridge will only be open to light rail, pedestrians and cyclists. No cars or trucks allowed. I got up early this morning to photograph the bridge. This image was taken about 7:15 am, twenty minutes before sunrise.
I'm often asked if I miss shooting with film. In a word... No!
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