I am someone who enjoys taking photos, my subjects are random, from bugs to babies. Photography is therapy for me, I have no real knowledge of the art, I am learning a bit here and there. I use an inexpensive camera.I simply love taking shots of interesting or beautiful things I see. I love the adventure of attempting to get the perfect shot. Please enjoy these photos and share them with your friends. For me the ultimate success is knowing someone may be amazed or made to smile.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

All On the Same Block

I volunteered to help a lady move some things yesterday, really all I did was drive. You see we have a pick-up, we seem to help a lot of people move. Her name is Pat, an older lady with no car, Kenny was helping her, to do all the actual moving. She had lived on the llth floor of the "Ya-Po-Ah" Terrace, a retirement high rise apartment building, nestled in at  the bottom of Skinner's Butte on the south side. While I waited for them to transport her things down I took advantage of what I could see and took photos. This is some of what I saw. The Castle on the Hill is the Shelton-McMurphy-Johnson house, so named for the different family's that have called it home over the years. It was built in 1888, is now open for tours and private events.This is a link to more info if interestedhttp://www.smjhouse.org/w/smhistory/ . The High rise was built in 1968 and caused much controversy. The Residents of the building have the option to have raised garden beds, this is where the flower shots are from.

path and benches near the gardens

No color added, to these shots...:)

Fifth Street Market from the back side.

Sunset over the city/ sort of


  1. Wonderful pictures Jan...each one of them tells their own story..

  2. I love the close ups with all the different flowers...beautiful! Thanks for taking us along with you on a journey through town. :)

  3. Hello Jan. How are you?
    I actually find some of these photos quite romantic...the tree with the bench, all the lovely flowers. I'm beginning to think some of my romanticism is starting to rub off on you (smile).
    Wonderful collection of photos.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks also for your visits & comments. I love hearing from you.

    Flower Of India

  4. Alpana; thank you so much. It is difficult to be unique in a world full of photographers, I like to think I put my own sin on them.

    Janu; Thankyou, Thank you and Thank you!!

    Autumn; Thank you for the visit and the compliments.

    Jessica; Thank you, I so enjoy flowers and to be able to get photos in January is an extra bonus.

    Andy; yes you could be right, my husband says I am getting sappy, I think it is menopause. You poetry has been a great influence though. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Jan

  5. WOW...Jan, very impressive! I tend to be partial to flower shots but I must say I really like your night time images...great job!

  6. Thank you Amy, it is new to me so I still need a lot of practice.

  7. Nice one !! I ll check about the controversy ..and photos looks great Jan ..so what kind of camera your are using ??

  8. You have explored each pichaa Jan....

    I loved d one f flowers...

    Lovely clicks!!


  9. I love those flower photos..lovely compositions..

  10. Sheril, thank you so much, the camera is a simple bridge camera from Fuji,a Finepix.

    Mani, Thank you for visiting, flowers are always a favorite, I love that I got to take picks of flowers in winter.

    Alfandi, Thank you. flowers flowers always a favorite.

  11. Lovely pics!! The setting with the bench looks so inviting as that's my type of place...I could certainly do some quality reading and writing while enjoying nature there. Beautiful flower shots :)


  12. David; It felt so very inviting to go sit there, I wanted to but resisted in order to get shots before the sun left for the other side. Thank you.

  13. that is one remarkable block .. and the first red rose it truly spectacular :)

  14. Tbaoo, thank you, for the visit and compliment, I am loving my town more and more as I explore the place I have lived for nearly 35 years.

  15. wonderful photos Jan, and I love the shots of the old house...looks like quite an interesting neighborhood to live in... :D

  16. Thank you Cath, it was fun dto explore this area again, t has been years since I have seen anything here besides the jail. The jail is very close to the highrise....


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