Archive for September, 2009

Cattle Drive

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Cattle drive near Haines, Oregon.  Everything about the cattle drives have changed over the years but the cowboys still have the same view.  Photo:  Near Haines, Or. just West of Baker City, Or   6/12/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Polish Festival – Portland, Oregon

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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The annual Polish Festival in Portland, Oregon takes place every year on the last weekend in September.  This is the largest Polish Festival West of the Mississippi and last year approximately 12,000 people attended.  It is located in the parking lot adjacent to the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and the Polish Library Hall on Intersate Ave in historic North Portland.

They have traditional food, costumes and entertainment.  I had Kielbasa (Polish sausage), golabki (cabbage rolls), pierogi (dumplings filled with rice and meat or cheese) and bigos (hunters stew made from cabbage and meat) and it was very tasty.  Fine deserts and a wide variety of libations were also available.

On stage while I was there, were several groups of youngsters in ornate costumes performing traditional ethnic dances.  They were very entertaining and I particularly enjoyed the pride and enthusiasm of the children that were performing.  There were older groups scheduled for later in the day.

If you weren’t there, you missed it, but you can put it on your calendar for next year. It is not too late however, to attend the Greek Festival that will be held the first weekend in October at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland.  If you don’t live nearby, check to see what is going on in your area.  I am not apt to travel to Poland or Greece but they were kind enough to come to Oregon and share some of their culture with us.  Photos:  Polish Festival, Portland, Or 9/26/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park, Wa.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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The site where these petroglyphs were discovered is now underwater behind the The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.  Forty-three were rescued and are now on display at Columbia Hills State Park in Wa. across the river from The Dalles, Or. There are a lot more that are now under about 60 feet of water.  Photo:  9/18/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Buffalo Burr “Solanum rostratum”

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Buffalo Burr “Solanum rostratum”  Nightshade Family (Solanaceae)  Annual, plant 2-3 feet tall, lobed leaves resemble the watermelon plant, yellow flowers five lobed and aprox 1 inch diameter,  spines on stems and fruits.  Noxious weed from the mid-west and each plant produces approx 8500 seeds.  Photo:  Goble, Or  9/17/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Post, Oregon

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Post, Oregon.  Located S.E. of Prineville, Or on state Hwy 360 (Paulina Hwy) near a post designated as the geographical center of Oregon.  You can find everything you need here with the exception of a restroom and it is located out back.  Just for the record, I didn’t see the deer until after I snapped the picture.  Photo:  7/07/2008  © Marvin Kellar

Comin’ In

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Coming in to the dock after a days fishing for chinook in the Columbia River.  Photo:  Rainier, Or 8/19/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Mt Olympus

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Mt Olympus from Obstruction Point as the fog begins to  move in from the right. Photo:  The Olympic Peninsula in N.W. Wa  8/31/2006  © Marvin Kellar