trees & rocks


I love what I see when I pay attention to the details.

pictures taken in central oregon.

almost fall


It's almost fall.  Two of my favorite things, sunflowers and tomatoes, are still going strong.  Bees love the sunflowers; I will often see four or five bees on one sunflower.  The tomato plants are collapsing under the weight of the fruit, and I certainly can't complain about that.  Aside from these things, I am quite ready for fall, my favorite time of year.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather and beautiful colors. 

o tomatoes


The long wait for some tomatoes to ripen is over. 

clackamas river raft


How lucky are we to have rafted the Clackamas River twice in one week?  We put in at McIver and got out at Barton, which I believe is about 8 miles.  Like me, Thor was a little anxious at first, but before long he was asking where the next "rapid" was.  We stopped to picnic (Thor and I) and fish (husband, who caught 6 fish!).  I love that this is a new way to see the waterways of Oregon that I find so beautiful, to follow their not just see them from the edge, but to be a part of their continuous motion.

end-of-summer garden pizza


I've had a lot of zucchini and yellow squash on hand (thanks, Dad!), an ever present supply of goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes that are just coming on.  Perusing smitten kitchen, a favorite cooking blog, I found this, the recipe for "lemony zucchini goat cheese pizza."  Anything with goat cheese immediately gets my attention, but all of the other ingredients were also perfect for this endeavor.  The only changes I made were to add cherry tomatoes, which I think really added great flavor, and to use an already-prepared whole wheat pizza crust.  Oh, and I used more goat cheese than called for, because I have no self control where goat cheese is concerned.  It was so simple, so delicious - even better than I imagined it would be.  5 stars!
by mlekoshi