Monthly Archives: August 2015

mix and match

Some of the projects I am working have moved a bit slower, for many reasons.  I’ll skip the details – not important anyway – and move on to images.  I searched for a particular subject, but decided to add a little of everything.  Ahh, but there is no fog or old machinery in this one.  These are images that I have gathered as I wander about, watch and observe.  I know this gets brought up in all sorts classes, especially beginning photo and camera classes.  You don’t have to go to expensive and exotic places to get photos.  All of these were taken either downtown or not far away from home base.  The shapes and patterns appear all over.  Lots of color, lots of people.  My daughter likes the pink bike, she has a copy of that in her work space.  There are the heart shaped rocks, the leaves hanging on like a star fish, reflections, more color.  Signs, mailboxes, old and new together, smooth and textured together.  And because this is the northwest, we have moss.  Industrial strength moss.  Nice bright green stuff.  Keeps your mailbox insulated.   And don’t forget to look up – – otherwise you miss things like the fish in the side of the building.


County Fair Time

This is the season.  Well, they always say that don’t they.  The season for what this time?  As the title says, county fair.   The state fairs are making the rounds as well, so maybe I should just say fair time.  Anyway, the annual gathering of all the goods and good things about where you live and work.  And play.  Many of the displays at these fairs are about playing and having a good time.   Yes, you can sign up to have siding put on your house, or try out a new vacuum cleaner and get your kitchen knives sharpened, but there are so many other things.  You could bid for meat for your freezer,  check out a new tractor,  or a horse, bet on a horse, or listen to a band, watch the hypnotist have fun with the volunteers, and watch the yo-yo master at his best.   I didn’t know anyone still practiced that.  The Tillamook county fair has a unique attraction that apparently has been going on since 1925 ( I was told ).   They are called the Pig and Ford races.  I can remember going to these when I was very young, (I’m not young  anymore) as my folks liked all the races that involved cars.  I’m sure if we had a NASCAR track close by, my mom would have spent a lot of time there.  So this is what happens:  there is a bin along side the track, each driver grabs a pig, cranks up his Model T, and races once around the track, stops, turns off the car, grabs a new pig and starts over.  Usually three laps.  The pigs are taken care of so none get hurt. It is a fun game to watch, lots of dust and noise.  Not a lot of speed, Model T’s were not all that fast, and everyone has a good time.  Now, I did take in all of the flowers and vegetables and quilts, (couldn’t get to the pies) even the horses and cows and tractors, the hypnotist, the yo-yo guy, there was even a reptile display.  But most fairs have something similar,  so I did not put photos of all of those things, just from the races.  Just to be different.

thrashing season

Last week most of the images I posted were of the tractors.  This week I am adding a few others to show just a few of the things the tractors do after they get warmed up and the smoke mostly clears away.  I’m sure there are other uses for the steam power units, but our field is limited to thrashing, baling, and lumber machinery at this point.   They do operate pumps and fans, and as I said last week, even ice cream makers!   All of this does not just happen at the snap of a finger.  It takes time to set up all of the components and get them aligned to operate at peak efficiency.  I enjoy watching the people get all of this ready to work, maybe because I have been involved in similar projects in the past.  The older equipment and way of getting things done with the historic machinery is just that – history.   This history is way more interesting to me than the things they tried to teach us in school.  But that is probably just me. Sorry, the water truck is only to keep the ever present dust to a minimum, it is not steam powered.   Next week I will put up images from the county fair – pig and ford races, maybe a horse or two.  It is fair season and all.


Great Oregon Steamup!

If you have followed this site for a bit, you know I like the rusty, old machinery.  So this is the time of year I look forward to.  The Great Oregon Steamup.  I’ve mentioned this before, maybe I beat the dead horse.  I still look forward to it.  My background has been in machines and machinery of various sorts, mostly large and hard working stuff.  Large (9 foot tall) wheels and tires, or tracks to move across the ground.  Even a few cranes for ships and trucks.  It’s all fun – it’s all good. So here is this seasons offering of old rusty machines as observed through my camera lens.  If you have not seen this equipment before, the day starts early and smoke filled as they start the tractors up to warm the boilers.  Steam powered, remember?   These are not pieces where you jump in, hit the key and motor off down the road.  There is a process to get everything in line.  I won’t list all of that here, if your interested in steam power, I’ll let you research all of that.  My goal is to share photos of the adventure of the day.  The Antique Powerland puts on a great show of all of this.  There are all sorts of museums on the grounds.  There is one for old cars and motorcycles, one for fire apparatus, one for tractors, one for trucks, one for electric trains. There is a logging display and museum for logging equipment, one for Caterpillar equipment of all sorts.  There are parades with all of tractors steaming by.  All sorts of steam powered power units of all sizes, many for sale.   There is also a steam powered saw mill that has been used for most of the lumber in the buildings.  There are even steam powered ice cream makers!  They do well in the warm summer weather.  There are large stationary engines chuffing away as they display their power.   All of it a handyman’s dream. There is a blacksmith crew to build you things as well.   So, on to the photos. This addition is mostly all tractors, some will make you wonder what they even do.  The haze is apparent in many of the photos this week.  Next time around, I will add a few others as  I’m still working on some of them.   I took over well 200 images in a short time.  Because  I go every year, I just try to add new views or angles.  They follow a pattern of activities each year, and most of the players are the same, so I try to add things not covered the year(s) before.   It’s over for this year, but, add it to your schedule for next year.  Just a reminder, if you click on the image, it should get larger for a better view.