Friday, December 20, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
This walkway leads to the entrance to the Ashland Public Library. Inside the cozy confines of the library, a patron reads a NY Times article about Norman Mailer. The reader's vantage point looks out over the town and toward Grizzly Peak across the valley (the photographic view of which is obscured by the reflection of the library's ceiling light fixtures).
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This house was featured in a previous post around Halloween because of its roof display of humongous, animated spiders. Now these penguins occupy the space - but due to icy build-up on their backsides, instead of standing upright, they appear to be getting ready to take a dive onto the snowy yard below.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yesterday, the day after our snowstorm, I went for a walk with the temperature still hovering in the teens. The roads in our neighborhood are still icy and slick, so there were hardly any cars driving on them and not many people out walking either. I did see this cross-country ski guy and a 3 or 4 people walking their dogs. A much quieter than normal day in the neighborhood - even for a Sunday.
Posted by George McKay at 7:00 AM
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The first snowstorm of the season arrived Friday afternoon and dumped around 6 inches on the neighborhood. Saturday morning, kids, adults, and dogs enjoyed the rare experience of sledding down our street. Ashland doesn't get a lot of snow on the valley floor - maybe 3 or 4 times each winter and then it's not a lot and doesn't last very long.
Posted by George McKay at 12:30 AM
Friday, December 6, 2013
Two houses in Ashland are in the process of having their foundations replaced and by some odd coincidence - they're directly across the street from one another. Both structures were lifted by jacks and now sit on blocks, seemingly suspended in air. They do not belong to the same owners and there was no arrangement to have them done at the same time. I happened by this afternoon just as the first snowfall of winter was starting (and the mail carrier was making her rounds).
Posted by George McKay at 9:52 PM
Friday, November 29, 2013
Every Friday after Thanksgiving, the Festival of Light Parade and Grand Illumination takes place downtown Ashland. A short procession of holiday-themed floats, including one carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus in a sled, ferries down Main Street to the Plaza - where Santa presides over the switching on of thousands of lights on buildings and trees along the Plaza. As the parade makes it way down the street, a large crowd (the one you see here) follows it to its Plaza destination. Spectators gaze down from windows along the route - including guests staying at the Columbia Hotel and a lady and antlered friend in the Elks Lodge Building.
Posted by George McKay at 10:54 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It must be a slow photo day if I'm posting a picture of graffiti…I'm not a fan and grew way weary of its omnipresence in L.A. when I lived there. Thankfully, such acts of scribbled vandalism are scarce in this town. The bank of meters, located in a small alley off Oak Street, has always caught my eye as a photographic possibility. While walking by recently, I noticed the added feature on the wall. Despite reservations about giving the drawing anymore of a public forum, the combination proved too intriguing to pass up.
Posted by George McKay at 11:50 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Becca and Hunter were visiting Sunday from nearby Central Point, OR, thumbing thru record albums at The Music Coop. The first picture I took of them was from the sidewalk, through the plate glass window in the front of the store. Reflections obscured their faces somewhat, so I moved inside to introduce myself and capture a clearer image.
Posted by George McKay at 10:46 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Helga rode by Sunday as I was taking pictures downtown and I noticed the similarity in colors between her scarf and the SmartCar parked nearby. A fellow artist and photographer (see the ever-present camera hanging by her side), I guess my request to take a picture didn't strike her as all that odd. She chooses the bike as her primary form of transportation and has put less than 1,000 miles on her car this year.
Posted by George McKay at 1:00 AM