darkemeralds: Screenshot of Zoe from Firefly, caption "So You've Never Pretended to Fall?" from an unfilmed Firefly script (Zoe)
Last night a goodish storm of the south-wind-and-drenching-rain variety knocked most of the leaves off most of the trees around here.

It didn't dampen the Occupy spirit, however, and though the Occupiers have been evicted from the backyard of the World's Tallest Basement (aka my place of employment), they've continued to march and chant every day in the downtown streets. The police so far have presented a vigilant and sort of rigidly non-violent presence alongside the marchers.

In a peculiarly Portland moment, I was riding westward across the bike-and-pedestrian-only lower deck of the Steel Bridge this morning while a very vocal Occupy protest more or less blocked the upper car deck. A guy had stationed himself about mid-span on the lower deck and was bangin' with drumsticks on the bridge railing and a couple of pots. He was keeping time with the rhythmic chanting of the protesters above. Cyclists, including me, were ringing their bike bells in time to the percussion as they sailed past. It had a kind of gleeful, sonic solidarity to it.

It's been colorful. Here are some images. )
darkemeralds: Manga-style avatar of DarkEm with caption Hee (cartoony me)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed, where the current prompt is "Over and Under".

View looking upward, a woman's hand with a large amethyst ring and a monarch butterfly against the backdrop of a ponderosa pine
Signs and Portents
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
We were going to go to the theater, my sister and I, but we ended up eating Greek food and talking for so long that we decided not to. We rode home in the splendid bright evening, and took a few pictures.

Color! )
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed, as the "Transportation" prompt continutes.

After yesterday's psychedelic-colored picture, I thought I should post a completely unprocessed shot taken in the same five-minute period in the same place, to show what an early evening in March really looks like around here.

Bike in blues )
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed, where the new prompts are Transportation and Shiny.

I thought I'd combine them.

Bicycle handlebars looking out over the Willamette River and Interstate 5 in central Portland
darkemeralds: Photo of Downtown Portland, Oregon USA in twilight (Portland)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed

The last of my neighborhood purples. In order to continue the challenge for the rest of the week, I think I'm gonna have to pile up all my purple possessions and find ways to photograph them.

Is that saffron in the middle? )
darkemeralds: Photo of Downtown Portland, Oregon USA in twilight (Portland)
Another crosspost from [community profile] shutterspeed, continuing the "purple" prompt.

One wild iris )
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed for the current Purple prompt. I'm finding the comm's prompts really valuable in opening my eyes and getting me to think more visually.

Unexpected purpleness )

Purple!

Feb. 17th, 2011 04:40 pm
darkemeralds: detail of beaded purse, caption One Bead At a Time (beadwork)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed, where the new prompt is Purple.

Oh, I've been seeing so much purple out and about! I rode my bike through inner Southeast Portland yesterday, and purple positively abounds there.

Here is a sample )

...and I've got more for later. There is nothing like that first faint sign of spring in the Pacific Northwest--i.e., a glimmer of light--to make me get out my camera again.
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
Crossposted from [community profile] shutterspeed where the prompt "Wood" ends today. For the next two weeks, the prompts are "Purple" and "Time." Come join us!

I finally had time, inclination, light and camera at the same moment, and got out today for some pictures.

Urban wood )
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
I completely forgot about a dinner with [personal profile] dine and friends this evening until she called me while I was almost home and already twenty minutes late. (Sorry! Sorry! Please invite me back....)

I've been slow to answer email and comments, and can't seem to find a handle on the regular things of my life. I'm mentally foggy. Not sure what's up, but this shot from my morning commute today is a fair visual representation of my state of mind. )
darkemeralds: Screencap from Where The Hell Is Matt (joy)
Cross posted from [community profile] shutterspeed, where prompts and challenges are posted every couple of weeks and you go out and take pictures to fit the prompts. It's a fun and friendly small community, and I would love to see more people joining, so if you like to take pictures, come on by!

The current prompt, just ending, is "Signs."

Signs of spring )
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
Strange. When the low mood strikes, I find myself getting out the camera more readily. A kind of word-silence descends and my primary mode--auditory--recedes.

What I see when I feel like this )
darkemeralds: (Monsoon)
I dunno. It's kind of dull today. I'm feeling a bit blah. It's Wednesday.

So! Cat picture! )
darkemeralds: (Cat)
Glee made me cry. In other news, I like to eat chocolate.

(I want to make an icon with "Brunettes have no place in show business" on it. And was it just my lack of taste in dancing that made me think the dance accompanying "Bohemian Rhapsody" was stupider than most stupid things?)

I have nothing to say, so have a photo )
darkemeralds: detail of beaded purse, caption One Bead At a Time (crafts)
I'm participating in a photography comm, [community profile] shutterspeed, which challenges members to interpret one concrete word prompt and one abstract one in photographs every day for a couple of weeks.

The concrete prompt currently is "Reflections and Glass", and I was kind of pleased with my most recent couple of shots.

Reflections )

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