Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Friday, December 20, 2013

Postcard from the Archives

One thing I do miss about southern California is the beach, particularly this time of year.  I took this picture at Laguna Beach during one of my visits a few years ago.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Mannequins

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Summer Break

Not much of an opportunity to shoot any new images in the last few days so I'm going to the archives. Taking a break from the last few posts featuring snow and cold, here's a summery splash of color from a couple of years ago.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December Dusk

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


Snapshots of the Ashland Public Library taken Wednesday approximately an hour and a half apart with the iphone.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Stretch

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Precarious Penguins

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow People

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.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Block Sledfest

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.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Foundation Building

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).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Monday, December 2, 2013

Quiet Court

Friday, November 29, 2013

Festival of Light Parade

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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Menora Lighting

Rabbi Avi Zwiebel of the Chabad of Southern Oregon lights the shamash for lighting the Menora on the eve of Hanukkah. The Menora is situated on the Plaza downtown, where a gathering witnessed the ceremonial lighting of the first candelabra.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Metered Response

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.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Vinyl Scene

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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dog Hound Abbie

I met a sweet hound named Abbie and her owners this afternoon in front of Village Shoes on Main Street. Lee and his wife are owners of The Oregon Room, a seller of used and rare books, also located on Main Street, nearby at the Artisans Emporium.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Colorful ScarfCar Combo

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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

In Memoriam