As of mid-July 2014, we have been living in our house in southwest Albany,
Oregon, for a bit over five years. During that time I have taken innumerable walks around the neighborhood. Seeing that I go for a walk around the area nearly every day, in addition to occasional extra jaunts, we are talking about 1,500 to 2,000 rambles through the neighborhood!
And I always
have a camera with me! No wonder I’ve taken such a large number of photos within a mile or two of home! Here is a list of the 19 albums so far, containing a total of 473 pictures:
As you can see, you can’t tell just by the title whether the photos were taken in the neighborhood or not. That’s why I decided to gather them all together into one single conglomerate "super-album," just as I have done with the numerous other super-album
I have created.
As you browse through this collection, you will find a huge range of subjects: forest, swamp, Autumn leaves, multiple snow storms, clouds, plants, various phases of the moon, frost, spider webs, flowers, sunrises and sunsets, birds and rabbits, cats and dogs, snakes and slugs, spiders and snails, dragonflies and bees, quail and geese, mushrooms and tulips, and much more! Nine of the images have even won awards!
Fortunately, you don’t have to live in my neighborhood yourself in order to appreciate its beauty and diversity. Hopefully this exhibition will encourage you to grab your camera and explore your own neighborhood. Even though, as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt, you just might be surprised and amazed at what is waiting for you if you will only take the time and effort to open your eyes and see!
Even if I didn’t take pictures anywhere else in Oregon, just these shots taken around the neighborhood would in and of themselves make a decent photographic portfolio! It just goes to show that you don’t have to travel long distances or spends lots of money to have fun with photography and get satisfying results!
The photos in this album were taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Panasonic HDC-TM700K, Sony Alpha α55, Sony Alpha α77, Canon PowerShot S100, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus Stylus TG-2, Canon PowerShot SD550, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
and Samsung Galaxy Note 5