Yesterday morning, before heading back to Portland for our flight home today, Andi and I went on one last walk, this time in downtown Eugene. Andi had a meeting planned with her sister-in-law, and I went along as far as the office building and then wandered along on my own. I was near the University of Oregon campus and decided to check it out. I found a few interesting looking places and made some Hipstamatic photos.
One of my favorite things to do when I'm in Eugene is to take long walks up and down the hills. There are steep hills to the east and south of Andi's parents' house. I wish I could take some of them back to central Ohio with me.
Yesterday afternoon I had a chance to get out for a short walk, and up the hill behind the house I went. The weather was cool and sunny, perfect for walking. There were a few dogs and their people about, but for the most part I had the streets to myself.
It's really nice to be in Oregon again. To me it feels like the right place to be.
It was raining early this morning (still is) in Eugene, Oregon. Since I'm still on east coast time and am waking up at about three AM every morning, it seemed like a good time to go out on a photo walk.
So Andi and I put on our rain gear, grabbed our cameras and iPhones, and headed out. There wasn't much going on, but the reflections were cool, so I had a lot of fun.
Yesterday we traveled from seeing one set of parents, in the Seattle area, to seeing the other set of parents, in Eugene. In between we visited with my aunt, in Portland, while changing modes of transportation from airplane to automobile. I had hoped to take the train again, but the timing didn't work out.
During our travels I made Hipstamatic photos along the whole way, but one shot in particular stood out in my mind.
We were traveling south on I5, not too far north of Eugene when Andi said "Is that a spider painted on the back of that truck?" I looked up and saw the truck, and it did kind of look like a big black spider. As we approached, though, the spider metamorphosed (possibly a first) into a motorcyclist (definitely a first) on what appeared, to me at least, the most uncomfortable motorcycle ever. The motorcycle's handlebars were shaped in such a way so that the rider's hands were above his head. To make matters worse, again at least in my mind, the rider appeared to be trying to draft behind the truck and was constantly in a dense spray (I forgot to mention that it was raining). Ouch and yuk, at the same time!
I really would have liked to get a photo from the "spider position," but it wouldn't have been safe to do without a moderate telephoto lens, and I'm in this Hipstamatic phase, so I waited until we were passing to make a shot. We went by pretty quickly, but somehow I was able to get the timing just right. I've only seen the photo on my iPhone screen, so I have no idea how it looks on a bigger screen, but it does appear to capture the "ouch" factor. I'm looking forward to finding out whether it also captures the "yuk."
I'm trying to embed a Flickr photo into a weblog post.
Yea! It looks like I've been successful!
2014-03-01 Update: I've figured out some things and am adding them here as a reminder. To embed a Flickr photo such that clicking on it brings up the Flickr page in a new tab, use the SquareSpace Markdown block, use the code from Flickr's Grab the HTML/BBCode sharing method, and add target="_blank" after the href URL in the HTML tag.
Here's the code I used for this post:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/swolfe/11978832104/" title="Dawn in Eugene, Oregon (Explored) by Stephen A. Wolfe, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s2.yimg.com/sk/3692/11978832104_45720ecd18_o.jpg" width="2048" height="1365" alt="Dawn in Eugene, Oregon (Explored)"></a>