July 5, 2017 Bend, Oregon

 

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

Happy 4th of July

Saint Charles Hospital Camping Area
Saint Charles Hospital Camping Area

The shot above is of the small, eleven site camping area on the Saint Charles Hospital Loop Road where I have been camped for a month and a half now. In the background is Pilot Butte, and it just so happens that the city of Bend launches it’s 4th of July fireworks program from the top of the butte.

Lucky me !

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

This was the first fireworks display I remember viewing since way, way back in my working days where we did a nice program at the resort I managed.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

As a result, this also was the first time I have ever attempted to photograph fireworks, and there are some unique challenges.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

My main problem was that the action was just too darn fast and furious. Being new to this, I wanted to be able to check the monitor on the back of the camera to see how I was doing with my settings, but the fireworks just kept on firing every few seconds for the short duration of the show, so I had to just keep shooting and hope.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

The other thing was that I had nothing but my neighbor’s trailer to include in the shot to provide some sense of place, just nothing of interest for a foreground.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

And, of course, the very bright lighting over the camping area, reflected off the bright white sides of the neighbor’s truck and trailer also created problems.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

But it certainly was an interesting first attempt and now I guess I’ll have to look for, and then manage to stay awake, for some more fireworks displays when I hit the road again.

Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display
Bend Fireworks Display

Nothing new to report on the myeloma front, having just completed round two of chemo, with this being my week off from treatments before starting round three. Feeling good with no side effects from the chemo, energy is back and I have resumed exercising, well actually just walking the hospital loop a couple times a day, roughly two miles a day. Working on a couple of new acrylic paintings and trying to stay cool inside since it has been in the 90’s now for a week or so.

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20 thoughts on “July 5, 2017 Bend, Oregon”

  1. Bob, I had no idea you were fighting the big C. I know from reading your blog since 2014 that you are a seasoned fighter and that you don’t give up until you’ve got the prize, be it the perfect photograph or as in this case battling what’s been ailing you recently. I hope you get to move to more pleasant temperatures and be back in good health asap. Also, I wanted to thank you for pointing us towards the bald eagles and herons feeding at Seabeck. We stayed for five days in campsite #35 at Scenic Beach State Park based upon your description of your stay there in 2014. We were rewarded with sights of many eagles at Big Beef. We’ve now moved on to South Beach again mostly because you’d liked it so much here. They now have a camp host so 14 days is the limit but it rates as a tie with the Alabama Hills for our favorite campsite during this 9 month trip. Again thx for sharing.

    1. Glad you found two of my favorite spots. I felt guilty staying so long at South Beach, but going to sleep with the waves crashing outside the bedroom window and having that great beach to walk on , made leaving difficult.

  2. I love your photography! These fireworks are so spectacular, can see the shot spiraling as it goes up, up, up and bursts open to feather like fronds. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for continued strength and indurance.

    1. Hi, Bob!
      I found a great photo of a Costa’s Hummingbird with your name on it. It is a wonderful candidate for the 2018 “Hummingbirds As Art” calendar. I’d like to ask your permission to use it–and get a maximum resolution version of the image, but I don’t know how to contact you for help. So, I thought I’d try posting on your blog šŸ™‚ We’re running short of time, though, and I wonder if you carry all your images with you when you travel.
      (928) 284-2874 home

      1. Since I am a full timer, therefore homeless, I do happen to have all my images with me at all times, since this is the only home I now have. Just let me know what image in what post you are referring to and I can most likely get you a version you want.

          1. I should have mentioned that calendar sales help the Society support its double mission of teaching about hummingbirds and working to prevent extinction of some of the 38 species considered endangered.
            And that we’ll give you 10 copies of the calendar as a “Thank You” for your kindness in letting us use your image. (More available at wholesale prices if you need more than 10).

  3. Bob, happy to hear your treatments are going well. Just wanted to share with you that I have known 2 people with the same type of cancer, one had his for over 30 years that I know of and passed away in his 80s of something else. the other one has had his over 20 years and is in his 80s and still going strong. Really enjoy the photos on your blog. we live about 40 miles north of your location at a place called Crooked River Ranch. we travel about 5 to 6 months of the year in our 5th wheel. Hope your treatments continue to be easy and you keep the cancer at bay!

    1. Well, that’s encouraging news! My oncologist has actually dared to suggest that there is a possibility that I may have a similar outcome, but one never knows, the cancer never really goes away, can only be controlled, but he says the outlook for an actual cure has never been better, new developments are coming in almost daily , again, according to him. Crooked River is on my to-do list when the temps moderate a bit, don’t feel much like exploring when the temps are in the 90’s.

    1. Guess you must have. Nice to know you are still following though. Next Wednesday I start my 3rd round of chemo, hopefully only one more four week round after that to bring this thing into remission and then it is off to Portland for a stem cell transplant to complete the process. Or perhaps not, my oncologist is hemming and hawing about transplant vs. just continued oral meds to keep the cancer in remission ( assuming I get there ). The transplant route is the best way to get into long remission, but he says my quick response and ability to easily tolerate the drugs makes me a good candidate to possibly skip the transplant procedure and have the same type of outcome. There is some small danger in the transplant process and it can be a little tough on the body to go through the process with a fairly long recovery period to get back to full strength. I guess we will see, somewhere down the road, but I am hoping to be back on the road by late fall, I certainly can’t spend the winter in Bend in my motorhome.

      Hope all is well back in the Upper Valley and that you are still enjoying your new position at AVA. Speaking of AVA, I have resumed painting and am using that to pass the time here in Bend. I have completed a couple of acrylics and am working on 3 new ones right now, spending as much as 8 hours a day at the easel. Would love to be doing oils but the confines of the motorhome make that less than desirable from an air quality point of view. Wildlife in grand landscape type of subject matter, just what AVA would be looking for, right!

  4. Great shots! Love them especially since you are not used to capturing these types of photos. Not your usual pictures, but you have certainly found the positive and beauty in your surroundings. Glad you are feeling good and exercising…….you’ve got this!

  5. These are wonderfully great photos from my perspective. Offer them for sale, esp. in Bend. Some of the shots look like flowers. Great job and hope you continue to feel no ill affects from the chemo but you know it’s early. Best wishes. Nanci & Al

    1. Starting 3rd, of probably four rounds of chemo next week and so far, so good. Energy is coming back and finally getting in some exercise is helping me feel a little stronger. Temps here are in the 90’s now every day so I get out at 6 AM daily, then hole up with the AC and paint. Very low humidity and usually a little breeze during the heat of the day and, thankfully, around 7PM, when the sun fades, the temps drop into the 50’s for comfortable sleeping weather. Clear blue skies every day, no rain, and this looks like it just goes on and on during the summer months. It could be a lot worse!

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