This man is awaiting the start of Medford's annual Toy Run attended by scores of motorcyclists carrying gifts to drop off for underprivileged children at The Fraternal Order of Eagles in Medford, Oregon.
I enjoy walking the railroad tracks into the center of Talent, OR. One of the things that fascinates me is that no two ties look the same and with close observation they often reveal stunning designs, especially after a rainfall as the ties are drying.
I often feel that a big difference between art in a museum or gallery and that which might be sighted in a back alley is that the former was done with conscious intent and the latter just showed up over time. I love to discover these latter, "unclaimed" pieces of art wherever they appear.
"On Long Beach" was taken at Long Beach, Washington. I've returned many times during the short time I've been on Long Beach Peninsula and find different moods according to the tide, time of day and atmosphere, all of which merge in unpredictable ways.
The Washington State International Kite Festival takes place in Long Beach, WA from August 18-24. Festival preparations are already starting to show up (image taken August 15) including a tent anchored by heavy cement blocks to withstand strong winds. When the festival begins, this tent will have side flaps and there will be throngs of people milling about as well as kites in every direction. That said, I am having fun exploring the fringes before the festival begins.