Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sunday Bike Ride

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Frisbee King

Jesse Biesanz was in Lithia Park the other day demonstrating his skills as a master Frisbee juggler.  He's able to keep 4 (or is it 5?) of the plastic discs airborne at a time.  Jesse has been the subject of this blog on an earlier occasion describing his artistry as a stonemason.  He also teaches classes in the meditative art of rock stacking.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Good News Ambassadors

Monday, August 31, 2015

Merry Band of Travelers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Super Yard Sale

This weekend there was a massive, flea market-size yard sale held at the corner of "B" and 8th Streets in the Railroad District.  It seems to have become an annual event and draws a large number of bargain-seekers from all over the Rogue Valley.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dogs for the Deaf

Dogs are not generally allowed in Lithia Park, but an exception is made for service dogs.  These two little guys are service-dogs-in-training, here under the watchful tutelage of their teachers from Dogs For the Deaf.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Air That We Breathe

Wildfires throughout Oregon and Northern California have continued to impact our air quality for over a month now.  In an previous photo I posted, the morning sun appeared as a red ball suspended over the horizon.  These two bicyclers riding by are another illustration of how bad the air has been - people wearing masks is not an uncommon sight.  Despite their wary expressions at a stranger taking their picture, I was able to introduce myself to the couple, Jamshed and Brittany, who graciously and happily assented to being part of this blog.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Generosity in Ashland

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to try out one of the more recent Sony full-frame cameras, thanks to the generosity of renowned local photographer extraordinaire Chris Briscoe.  Chris lent me his Sony A7ll with a 24-70mm Zeiss lens for a day of shooting. The first subject(s) to catch my eye was this group of volunteers chopping and sawing logs at the Jackson County Fuel Committee (JCFC) lot on Valley View Road.  Donated fallen trees are converted into firewood for low-income residents to provide them with heat during the winter months.  Basically a year-round operation, the wood is collected and stockpiled for distribution when needed, again entirely volunteer and private-donation driven.

Check out Chris Briscoe's amazing portfolio of work at  Thanks, Chris!

Friday, August 21, 2015


Friday, August 14, 2015

More 4th of July

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gridiron Grizzlies

The Ashland High School football team rode in last month's 4th of July parade.  They were preparing to play a team of Japanese all-stars on the 31st here in Ashland.  The actual football season doesn't get underway until September.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Creek Waders

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cruisin' By

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Ride

High school boys attending a wrestling camp at Southern Oregon University jog down Siskiyou Boulevard toting fellow grapplers as part of their training regimen.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Too Close

At the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus, an exhibition of work by the artist Chuck Close is on display.  The extensive collection of portraits from the Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Family Foundation is on loan to the museum until September 5th.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Smoke

Smoke from wildfires in Southern Oregon and Northern California has been filling the Rogue Valley over the past week.  That's not unusual this time of year, but drought conditions have resulted in more numerous and longer-burning fires this summer.  The air quality has been fluctuating between "unhealthy" and "very unhealthy" while containment of the blazes doesn't seem likely in the near future. I'm reminded of my younger days living in and breathing Los Angeles smog.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Time Out

This Spring (and soon Summer) has been a particularly busy time with little picture-taking going on in my world.  With no let-up in the foreseeable future - it's hard to predict when I'll get back to regular posting.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

California State Route 395

My wife and I drove down to Southern California last week via Highway 395 which runs along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  Here are some iphone images I shot along the way.

    The Lone Pedestrian in all of Bridgeport, California

   Mono Lake - which straddles the California-Nevada border.

The June Lake Loop Road

                          June Lake

June Lake - the following morning

    The Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney in the background.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Track Meet Fans

Spectators and participants on the sidelines at the Cascade Conference Track Championship meet at Southern Oregon University stadium last Saturday.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Horse With No Name

I didn't get the horse's name but I did meet Josh and his companion Azura on the way back from the dog park a couple of days ago.