Saturday, April 22, 2017


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. 
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
--Ansel Adams  

Saturday, April 22, was the first outdoor event in the 2017 Learning on the the Land series
 organized by the Blue Mountain Land Trust. 
Under the practiced eye of local photographer Bill Rodgers and artist Leslie Cain, 
eager participants car-pooled through the rolling hills north of Walla Walla 
stopping at multiple sites to capture the beauty of spring time 
in the valley which we call home. 

All photos taken with the iPhone7+, using both the native camera and ProCameraHDR, 
and edited in Snapseed.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Springtime at Heritage Park

Spring is always a lovely time in the valley, and the blue sky and tree blossoms cooperated
 to make this public art installation in the center of downtown Walla Walla especially appealing.

The history of this iconic landmark goes back to 1993 when the huge sandstone façade of the 1902 Odd Fellows Temple 
was saved from demolition and relocated to Heritage Park. 
In order to dismantle and move this massive structure, each art-carved stone was numbered, 
and a key was made so the stones could be put back in the exact same place. 

Over the next few years, the window openings were filled with colorful and permanent images 
of the different ethnic and cultural groups that populated the Walla Walla Valley between 1850 and 1950. 

This was the first major project of the Blue Mountain Arts Alliance, now known as ArtWalla.
 The Project Manager of the facade relocation was Rob Robinson 
with assistance from many local individuals and organizations. 

"The Odd Fellows Temple was the first major public building designed by architect Henry Osterman 
who later designed other Walla Walla buildings— 
Green Park School, Carnegie Library (now Carnegie Art Center), City Hall, 
the County Courthouse, the Die Brücke Building and the Liberty Theater."

"Many of Henry Osterman’s signature design elements can be seen on these buildings:
 rough stone around arches, Palladian symmetry, agricultural and fertility symbolism, and Dutch reformist style." 
(from ArtWalla Public Art Walking Tour and Coloring Book)

The historic and contemporary photographs were reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel panels. 
The Art Director for this project was local artist Jeanne McMenemy. 
She was assisted by research interns from Whitman College and Walla Walla University,
 and professional photographer, Hans Matschukat

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Where's Cathy? (Continued)

A small-ish gathering of like-minded constituents of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers 
made themselves visible to those who chose to pay $40 each to have lunch with District 5's representative. 
During the last Congressional recess, McMoRo chose to make herself available only to a chosen few supporters, 
avoiding an open town hall forum requested by many.

Earlier today she met with a hand-picked group of 12 local progressives, 
albeit nixing the name of the leader of Walla Walla's local Indivisible group, 
before lunching at noon with anyone willing to pay $40 towards her re-election campaign.

Welcome to Democracy 2017.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Maple Counter's Little Sister

Two years ago the Maple Counter Cafe, one of Walla Walla's premier breakfast restaurants, added a new member to their family--Maple Counter Waffle Company. Housed in a shiny aluminum food trailer with a snappy black and white awning, the Waffle Company took up residence in the empty space along Alder in between the parent restaurant and Marcy's on the corner. For two seasons they have served up freshly baked waffles in their al fresco dining room.

But just this week as the 2017 season begins, I noticed they've been spiffing up the place. The trailer which was originally located at the back of the space, has been moved to the front, and a new concrete tile patio has been installed along with a new black railing which defines the dining space onto the sidewalk. The move creates much improved curb appeal along with more seating for hungry customers. 

As can be seen here, construction is still in progress on a mini porch outside the door to the main kitchen. 

With so many waffle options, it's hard to make a choice.

But once you have decided, just step up to the window to place your order 
seen here reflecting the parent restaurant's sign on the side of the building next door.

The Maple tree logo adds a nice custom touch to the fencing as well as casts a lovely shadow.

The Waffle Company is open Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM - 1:30 PM.
Otherwise, the Maple Counter Cafe is open daily from 7 AM - 3:00 PM.

Monday, April 3, 2017


Artistic Interpretations of a Star Magnolia Flower

I have loved the art of Georgia O'Keefe since my Art History classes 
at the University of Washington in the early 70s, 
especially the close ups of her sensuous flower blossoms. 

Today, with the help of my iPhone camera and the creative app Prisma, 
I have created my own versions of a Star Magnolia blossom. 
Now I just have to learn to paint like Ms. O'Keefe.

Original color photo

Variation #1

Variation #2

Variation #3

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Studies in Black and White

Yesterday I posted these same photos of a Star Magnolia blossom in color. 
Here are the black and white variations. I like them both but for different reasons. 
How about you?

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Star Magnolia 

It's been a long cold, snowy winter in Walla Walla, with a record wet month of March. For the most part it's all good as we head into spring and summer with enough moisture in the mountains to stave off the drought conditions that threatened the valley in the past.  And with the memory of all that snow and rain still fresh, the blossoms of the early blooming Star Magnolia never looked more lovely.

For more photos of "Wet" by other City Daily Photo bloggers, follow this link:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Saying Goodbye

"This flag is presented on behalf of the President of the United States 
and a grateful nation as a token of appreciation for your loved one's 
honorable and faithful service."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Waiting for Spring

The first of every month, City Daily Photo bloggers from around the world 
post photos in accordance with a pre-determined theme. 
This month's theme is color photos that look black and white. 
I have posted several photos, just because. 

To enjoy more photos by other bloggers, follow this link:




Sunday, February 12, 2017


Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities

The sun seemed to shine extra bright on Saturday afternoon 
as a dozen or more Walla Wallans traveled to West Richland, about 45 west of Walla Walla,
 to join an overflow crowd to celebrate diversity and unity at the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities. 
Men, women and children gathered to listen to a variety of speakers of different faiths 
express similar messages of peace, love, and community. 

Imam Mohamed ElSehmawy greeted the hundreds of guests crowded into the center 
with the standard Muslim salutation--as-salamu alaykum, or "peace be upon you." 
The response was an enthusiastic wa-alaykumu s-salam, "and upon you peace."

"I am a proud American. I am also a proud immigrant," the Venezuelan native said, her voice breaking.
Applause filled the room. "I am also a proud Latina. I am also a proud woman of color.
I am also a proud Muslim. I guess you could say
I am the prototype of everything that has become fashionable to hate.

Among the long list of speakers, these two women represented not just the diversity of their own ethnic and cultural backgrounds 
but more importantly the commonality of purpose which was the focus of the event -- 
it is the things we share in common as human beings that unite us.

The Islamic Center was established in 1979 by the tiny Islamic community that existed at the time in the Tri-Cities. 
Currently, hundreds of Muslim families live in the greater Tri-Cities, 
with the ICTC supporting the ever increasing Muslim population of the area.

The present mosque facility was built in 1996 and features a prayer hall, classrooms, library, and a general purpose hall. 
The ICTC conducts congregational Friday prayers, a weekly Sunday school, community service events, 
as well as a variety of on-going social and religious community activities.

For more information about the Islamic Center, click here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017