When the Plumber’s Wife needs a Plumber . . .

When you are busy creating for others it is far too easy to by pass your own business and social media needs. I have been so busy I didn’t realize it has been ages since I posted on my own site. After all, it seems like I am in the field all day and on the computer all night making sure my realtors get what they need by the next day. I also have been creating more real estate marketing for my realtors. So I was completely shocked to take stock of no new entries for my own sites!

Every January I like to review some of my unique projects during the past year. That always leads me to a few favorite shots that found their way into my portfolio. Some are photos from the grand homes found in Oregon’s metro area foothills, but more often it is the element of surprise that captures my strongest attention, like a horse galloping over the ridge to check out this curious human, or . . . I am working on a photography gallery of favorites to share but until I get it finished here are a few photos that floated to the top of my work desk lately. I also have brought to life a new look for this site to freshen it up.

fall sunrise IMG_7840I opened my eyes one November morning and captured this grandeur outside my own bedroom window.

horse IMG_6063Thundering hooves brought me some sweet nuzzling.


mt barnIMG_7659crop2I get excited every time I capture a mountain view with the camera. The harsh light blasting into the dark barn had kept my own eyes from seeing this peek of Mt. Hood.

How I turned a sour morning into Lemonade

Dahlias or Koi?

I belong to a photography group because I enjoy the little things we learn from each other. Recently we met up in dahlia fields and awaited the sun to rise. By 6:10 am I’d fired off a few shots and then stood amazed at what I held in my hand. The metal shaft inside the durable plastic housing that protects my SUNPAK 750 TM tripod was snapped clean and the now unattached handle could no longer rotate the camera. I am not rough with my equipment and at 118 pounds it is not like I have extra wrist strength I don’t know about!  I have to say I was very bummed and went to the edge of the field to be by myself – errr okay, to sulk a bit.

Between the fields and my car was a bench so I plopped myself down and tried to figure out a quick fix. Instead almost horizontal shafts of sunrise light pierced under the tall firs and fired up the deep Koi pond. And some huge fish popped to the surface! It was all very abstract and the jolts of blurring color felt like tapestry to me. I just turned the camera loose and continued to shoot until the fir boughs absorbed the magic. Moments later everything appeared calm and orderly and deep again.

I have been playing with the Koi pics. So abstract! I am imagining fabric from several of these. What do you think?


3-Koi Sample3

4-Watercolor Koi Vertical

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Remembering Paolo Soleri, 1919-2013


Soleri was a visionary creator. I never met Paolo Soleri but feel honored to have once long ago spent a beautiful afternoon with his mother . . . then eagerly made my way north of Phoenix to Arcosanti. With thoughts of staying and immersing myself into the art and life of this community . . . I sighed, purchased my little bronze memento bell and dreamed of returning someday. . . and the bell still rings true after all these years. Rest in peace . . . kris

Originally posted on Arizona Highways:

We are sad to report that the internationally renowned architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. The Italian-born architect founded the “urban laboratory,” Arcosanti, located some 70 miles north of Phoenix. Described by Newsweek as “the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes,” Arcosanti would ultimately serve as a school, a home, a commune, a church and a family for the nearly 7,000 individuals who would cross its threshold. It was Soleri’s life’s work, but in 2011, some 40 years after breaking ground on Arcosanti, he decided to retire at the age of 92. In January 2013, Arizona Highways profiled Soleri’s heir, Jeff Stein.

According to a statement issued by officials at Arcosanti, Soleri is survived by two daughters, Kristine Soleri Timm and Daniela Soleri, both of California; two grandchildren; and Cosanti, the famous urban research foundation he began. A private burial will take place at…

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Coming to your rescue just in time!

Originally posted on Belladaze:

Yes you are in love!

Yes you are a procrastinator.

Yes your life is very busy.

No one told you tomorrow is Valentines Day.

What were you thinking?!!!!!!

Okay, I have come to your rescue. Please feel free to download my printable image, 25 Ways To Say I LOVE YOU! Sign it with red ink. INSTANTLY A CLASSIC!

Enjoy, and work on your lack of attention, because I may not come to your rescue next time!

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Intelligent Creative Home & Property

If I could have any home I wanted – this would have to be the ONE! I’d even move to Southern Oregon for this gem. A straw-bale adobe home would suit me well. Have you ever seen a prettier property? I’d like to meet the artisans who built this amazing functional home. I believe they moved near Portland and family, so perhaps one day I will!

Creative thoughtful intelligent space! It finally sold in August 2012. I hope the new owners are having the time of their lives!

QR Codes or Short Url’s for Real Estate?

The realtors I shoot for are a savvy lot and work hard to keep their listings in the forefront of technology. More than one or two of them have asked me about QR codes or asked to have them included on their flyers.

I have been lukewarm about QR codes. I personally find them intrusive. I just don’t think someone needs to be able to track my movement or desires. But if you ask me to use them on your material – I will.

I follow blogger Adam Singer and he has just published his view about QR codes. Evidently McDonald’s has started using QR’s to supply nutritional content on their food bags. This is what Adam had to say about them in his blog The Future Buzz, a Blog Covering Digital Marketing trends and ideas:

Why McDonald’s Use Of QR Codes To Find Nutritional Info Is Brilliant

There’s a whole bunch of discussion this week about McDonald’s adopting QR codes on their bags for customers to scan in order to access nutritional information. And judging from the reactions in comments and on Twitter, many marketers can’t figure out why.

People understandably don’t get this move because, well, no one uses QR codes. They were a terrible idea initially and most brands have realized this and dropped them. A short URL is far, far easier. You don’t need to install anything, they’re universally understood, readable from far distance, etc. Short URLs are superior to QR codes in all ways. The only people benefiting by their use are the companies who stand to profit by selling QR code related technologies or services, not consumers.

And this is exactly why it is brilliant for McDonald’s to use them. Do you think they really want users to see nutritional information? Of course they don’t, or they’d have put it in restaurants prior to having legal reasons to do so. If they wanted people to check out this information, they’d use a short URL. Anyway, do you think that McDonald’s core demographic is part of the 5% of Americans who actually have scanned a QR code? Of course not.

PS: it’s also brilliant for them to do this because they received a wave of press for this.

Yet someone named Roger disagreed enough to send Singer this comment:

The 5% figure you quote is over a year old, it’s now running at 19% (60 million people).

If short URLs in ads are superior why are they so rare compared with QR Codes?

No one makes money from QR Codes they are open source. The cost to McDonald’s is as close to zero dollars as you can get.

You say ‘most brands have dropped QR Codes’ which may be true on your planet but not here on Earth.

If you don’t like QR Codes it may be better to just say so rather than try to back it up with specious arguments.

When Singer asked for a link to stand by Roger quoting 19%, Singer got a short url back: http://bit.ly/10wVEnc

This short url took me to something written by a guy named Roger toting 15% (not 19%). Roger also says only 10% is the correct figure for users reading a QR on a poster.

15% Of People Have Used A QR Code

By Roger ⋅ January 15, 2013    http://bit.ly/10wVEnc

Announced today a Pitney Bowes survey into current levels of QR Code usage across Europe and the U.S. has produced some interesting findings. The survey of 2,000 consumers in the US and 1,000 in France, Germany, the UK respectively shows that on average, across US, UK, France and Germany 15% of people have used a QR code.

I guess I’d be one of Roger’s/Piney Bowes 15% since I’ve used a QR once or twice (from someones smart phone – not my own). That satisfied my curiosity, but this really does not make me a user.

I am still thinking of QR’s in the same way Adam Singer presented them. How about you?