Passionate about this powder room

One of the prettiest bathrooms I have ever photographed! This home has 4 bathrooms but even if it didn’t, this floor plan has room for the entire family to use – including the family pets! The commode area has a stained glass window on the exterior wall, and a lit mosaic glass area above the doorway leading to the rest of the master suite. Wow!


ML # 98622227 Eagle Idaho, .56 acre, the perfect home with a place for everything! Includes a 1200+SF multi-purpose room plus 220 wired shop, rv parking and a separate storage shed.

Realtor Aaron Fagerson 208.949.6080


True Country Elegance Found at Forest Grove Estate

Tawnya Poe, Principal Broker, Westwood Property Group, presents this fabulous 4+ acre estate. It is so convenient to the high-tech corridor! The yard was just beginning to awaken from winter when I photographed it. But it’s still easy to imagine how divine this estate is as layers of blooms emerge and summer furnishings come forth to accessorize the pool!


Tawnya Poe, Principal Broker, Westwood Property Group 503.793.7542 MLS#: 14042930 – $1,200,000. – 3437 SW Highway 47 Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
Own one of Forest Grove Oregon’s Premier Estates! The gated entry opens into a park like setting featuring 4 professionally manicured acres, mature trees, a waterfall and in-ground swimming pool. Beautifully maintained farm style home with multiple master suites, plus a large shop with finished guest quarters & RV doors. Surrounded by estate properties & 20 minute convenience to the Hillsboro High Tech Corridor. 5 bedroom, 4.1 baths. 5907 sf.

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

When you are busy creating for others it is far too easy to bypass 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

5-IMG_5223A copy



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

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!


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?!!!!!!

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