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Writing and Taking Pictures

I’m yielding to a rooster crossing SE 29th Ave. in Milwaukie.

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At the Portland Art Museum is this statue of a coyote sitting and staring towards the plaza between the two museum buildings. Three weeks ago, CycloTram blog featured a more elaborate write-up about this same coyote called “Coyote IV.”  For me, it was more about taking a photograph under the “Oregon soft

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This is one of the sights captured from my evening bicycle ride tonight. A Zodiac towing a homemade raft on the Willamette River below the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Marquam and Tillikum bridges are in the background.

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Monday’s thunderstorm passing over the Portland (Ore.) region pummeled half-inch diameter hail onto the region. Knowing parts of the United States receives hail a few inches in diameter, half-inch diameter hail seems like nothing. It’s also rare for Portland to receive hail this large like the one that fell Mond

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Seth McFarland’s “Family Guy” and “Cosmos” have been such a hit. His A Million Ways To Die In the West, however, fell  flat like a dead horse. The crude and dry humor in the this western comedy just didn’t ignite a chuckle for me. I felt quite bored sitting through the entire two hours o

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A strong thunderstorm cell passed over the Portland area Monday afternoon with pounding hail, rumbling thunder, and frequent lightning flashes. About 4:20 p.m. a storm cell moved over Milwaukie area from the north with thunder roaring. Shortly after, the rain started falling then with marble-sized hail but very little wind.

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It was to no surprise for me that after participating in Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride last year that I’d be asked about riding in it for 2014.  My answer for this year is no. I had my reasons to decline participating this year. There were two factors involved: the ride’s new meeting location and [R

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Tonight was a very good night for those who wished for mural art in Milwaukie city limits. The Milwaukie City Council voted unanimously in favor for ordinances that make code changes and amendments to allow mural art on commercial building walls within the city limits. The current code places murals under the same definitio

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I’m always up for a good bike ride, especially up for one where I can ride with our city leaders and fellow community volunteers. The first-ever “Rollin’ On the River,” a new ride from Portland to Milwaukie organized by Milwaukie Rules’ Mandy Zelinka, was both fun and informative. Both Milwauki

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The warm, summer-like weather in the Portland area was prime for some bike riding. My ride, however, was cut short as soon as I left my driveway and pedaled fifty feet up the hill. One stroke felt quite firm. The next stroke I could hear the chain slip and felt the loss of torque in […]

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If you can’t get enough of Bike Milwaukie rides, then there’s the “Rollin’ on the River” bicycle rides. Four events will take place each first Sunday between June and September. The rides start at downtown Portland at the Old Town Max Station at 11:00 a.m. The ride usually lasts about an hour.

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Word came around earlier this morning that Multnomah County is opening Larch Mountain Road at milepost 10 gate to the 4,000-foot summit this afternoon. The 14.5-mile road is indeed now open. I headed up there this afternoon and shot a few pictures from Sherrard Point. A short 0.3-mile hike on Sherrard Trail #443 takes you [

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Multnomah County says the upper Larch Mountain Road will reopen Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Crews will remove the snow gate blocking the county’s “highest road” Larch Mountain Road near milepost 10. The 14.5-mile road reaches a parking at the 4,000-foot summit that serves Larch Mountain and Oneonta

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Multnomah Falls’ iconic pedestrian foot bridge spanning over the lip of the lower falls reopened on Tuesday. The bridge was closed back in January after a rock tumbled from the hillside then struck the bridge, damaging the concrete rails and created a gaping hole in the deck. Sadly, the damage worsened after reports t

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In nearly an hour ago, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, county clerks have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can now live the life together nearly the same way heterosexual couples live their lives. Si

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Sunday’s Bike Milwaukie took us meandering through the six Milwaukie neighborhoods (except Island Station) and by two industrial districts. On the cloudy and cool morning, ride leader Matt Menely mixed up the routes a little for something different and not become repetitive. A couple of key points on Sunday’s ri

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One of my favorite places to photograph is White River Falls State Park. This site is also the location of an abandoned hydroelectric power plant that once provided electricity in the Wasco and Sherman counties area. The plant, built in 1910, was in service until The Dalles Dam began producing electricity in the 1960s. Sinc

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Mt. St. Helens does not seem to want to rest. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO) in Vancouver, Washington, is indicating magma “re-pressurizing” in a reservoir beneath the state’s most infamous volcano. CVO says, “Scientists have been monitoring subtle inflat

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The ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse happened on the night of April 14 and into April 15, 2014. Clouds obscured the moon at the start, but finally cleared off during the transit and into the eclipse. The lunar eclipse started around 10:50 p.m. PT and finally became a total eclipse around 12:15 a.m.

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Tonight is the “blood moon” or the full moon lunar eclipse. I hoped to capture the moonrise this evening, however, clouds moving in didn’t make that happen. Instead, here are a few shots from Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic butte in northeast Portland. The beacon tower is for aircraft at the Portland Inte

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Spring weather is here and I’m seeing I haven’t put any miles on my bicycle lately. Today, I geared up and set off on a short bike ride to Holladay Park east of downtown Portland and across the street from Lloyd Center shopping mall. Alright, Holladay Park wasn’t my intended destination, but it was a [R

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I guess some inquiring minds have wondered what the little avatar you see on my Twitter @BJDorr profile is. I present to you the larger image. This is a selfie of me riding my bicycle on a country road in the 2010 Cycle Oregon Weekend. I didn’t know it at the time I took the […]

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On April 15, the Tax Man, Wolf Man, and the Blood Moon cometh. The total lunar eclipse will happen on April 15, 2014, beginning around 9:53 p.m. Pacific Time. The ability to view the lunar eclipse also depends on Mother Nature keeping the clouds away. If for some reason clouds block the moon, here’s the […]

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On Monday, I took a day road trip, following Oregon Highway 99E and 99 from Milwaukie to Winston, Oregon, just south of Roseburg. Near the end of the stretch, I stopped at the Winchester Dam and fish ladder viewing area on the North Fork of Umpqua River in Roseburg. This historic 1889-built, 16-foot high dam […]

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Roslyn Lake was once a popular recreation lake north of Sandy, Oregon. When the Bull Run Dam was set for decommissioning in 2007, the diversion dams that supplied the water to Roslyn Lake, Marmot Dam on the Sandy River, and the Little Sandy River Dam on the Little Sandy River, were no longer needed. To […]

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Mt. Hood peaks above the hills behind a pasture along Marmot Road west of Brightwood, Oregon.

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The sunset seen along Ore. 213 near Abiqua Rd. north of Silverton, Oregon. Photo: Bryan J. Dorr, April 7, 2014

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Palisades, U.S. 12, Washington Photo by Bryan J. Dorr. March 31, 2014.

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Rainier Viewpoint, U.S. 12, Washington.

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