Saturday, January 31, 2009


Army Aviation Support Facility #1
1921 Turner Road SE
Salem, OR
120 soldiers from C Company 7/158 Aviation Unit of the Oregon Army National Guard mobilized this morning for two months training then a year long deployment to Iraq.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Capital Mall Campus
Summer St.
Salem, OR 97301

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bent Rims

Pick a Part
6777 Turner Rd
Turner, OR 97392
Some of the junk I saw during today's search for a side view mirror possessed a grotesque artistic value.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Walking Bridge

Larwood Wayside
Roaring River
Fish Hatchery Dr.
Scio, OR
This location, well, 6 feet behind the point I took this picture, is the only place in the United States, where a river empties into a says Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Engine 345

Fire Service Appreciation Day
January 27, 2009
Marion County Fire District Station 1
300 Cordon Road
Salem, OR

January 27th is a significant day in fire service marking the nation's first organized fire department in Boston in 1678.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Scoot & Dodge

Oregon Mid-Winter Square Dance Festival
January 23-25, 2009
Linn County Fair & Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Rd E
Albany, OR 97322
No, I did not participate. I would've have suffered great humiliation in front of hundreds of very capable dancers of all ages. I was perfectly happy as a spectator. Not to mention I forgot my petticoat at home.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Formal Introductions

George E. Miller Annual Westie Walk
January 25, 2009
Salem, OR
Annual two-mile walk for Westies and owners from Bush Pasture Park to the State Capitol Building for a group pic and then back.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Natural Light and Curves

Aalto's Library
Mount Angel Abbey
One Abbey Rd
St Benedict, OR 97373
Designed by Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, the three-story library, completed in 1970, presents a series of curves, light colored wood against black and white counters and natural lighting. Because of it's 'off the beaten path' location and unassuming, ordinary exterior, it is one of Oregon's architectural best kept secrets.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hilltop View

Mount Angel Abbey
One Abbey Dr
St. Benedict, OR 97373
View of Willamette Valley from Mt. Angel Abbey. If you have really good vision, you can eke out Mt. Hood along the horizon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Peace and Solitude

Mount Angel Abbey
One Abbey Drive
St. Benedict, OR 97373
Founded in 1882, the abbey houses a community of Benedictine Monks devoted to God's call to holiness, reading and silence.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Irrigation Pipes

Brooks, OR

Seeing farmers inventorying their irrigation equipment is as sure a sign that spring is around the corner as seeing the daffodils starting to bloom.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fry Warehouse

Boise Cascade Corporation
315 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR

Image of another Salem relic awaiting the wrecking ball.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hydrotherapy for the Tortured Soul

Oregon State Hospital
2600 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Retired ice water soak tubs that were used to deter agressive behaviors in psychiatric patients. OSH is more commonly known as the mental institution backdrop for the filming of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. The majority of the decrepit building is slated for demolition to make way for a new, state-of-the-art facility.
Below, views of the south wing and main entrance of the the hospital.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dragon Dance

Vietnamese New Year Celebration 2009
Adam Stephens Middle School
4962 Hayesville Drive NE
Salem, OR 97305

Friday, January 16, 2009

White Trash Chopper

Downtown Salem, OR

Watch out, society's outcast wears a bright green helmet.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Alan on Pipes

2nd Annual Scottish Heritage Month Celebration
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR

Didn't plan for this week's photo theme to be so culturally tilted (Mon - Native American, Thu - Scottish), it's just how a few of Salem's events coordinated with my schedule. I just read in the newspaper that a celebration commemorating the Vietnamese New Year is scheduled for Saturday. I think I'll stop by...I haven't been to Asia this week yet.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Return to Grandeur

The Historic Elsinore Theater
170 High St SE
Salem, OR 97301
Originally opened to the public in 1926, the theater was nearly leveled in 1980 to make way for a parking lot. Thanks to the 'Save the Elsinore Committee', the site was preserved, renovated and reopened in 2004. Tonight I watched the classic 1927 silent movie, "Metropolis" accompanied by live Wurlitzer organ music.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rivers of Rock

Around Resurrection Sculpture
Corban College
5000 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392

Monday, January 12, 2009

Native American Expression

The Eagle Spirit Dancers
January 11, 2009
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR

Sunday, January 11, 2009

In Rain or Sleet or Snow or Hail

Delaney & Sunnyside Rds.
I'm very happy to report my favorite tree weathered the snow, ice, rain and wind storms.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dog in Fog

Cubanisimo Vineyards
1754 Best Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304

Friday, January 9, 2009

Soap Shoppe

SLAB Handcrafted Soap Company
189 Liberty St. NE Suite B-2
Salem, OR 97301

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Visitors Trapped in Salem

'Get a Feel For Fur' PETA Demonstration
January 8, 2009
Liberty & State Streets
Salem, OR

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Death Mask

Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum
Corban College
5000 Deer Park Drive
Salem, OR 97301-9330

Today's driving rain chased me indoors to see a small collection of Greek, Egyptian and Middle Eastern arifacts housed in the museum. Along with the death mask (likeness), you could see a full sized mummy case and mummified falcon (real).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chancel Rose Window

Salem First Methodist Episcopal Church, ca 1878
600 State St
Salem, OR 97301
Landscape view of Salem's tallest building and oldest Methodist church west of the Rockies.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Criminals Beware

Salem Police Department
555 Liberty St SE
Salem OR 97301

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Picture in Braille

National Braille Week
200th Anniversary of Louis Braille
January 4-10th, 2009
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Moss Thriving

Church Street Bridge
Over Pringle Creek & Shelton Ditch
Salem, OR

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year Revelers

Capitol Mile
January 1, 2009
Wallace Marine Park
Not sure who's crazier, the runners who turned out in the rain on New Year's or the photographer that chose to photograph their race.

Thursday, January 1, 2009