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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Litany of the Poor and Oppressed: a poem by David H. Roche


"Litany of the Poor and Oppressed" is a poem by David H. Roche made into a video utilizing his art and political consciousness.

The line before the last line has a 'freudian slip in it' which I left in because it 'works'. 

The first word in the sentence is spoken "May' but it is written 'My'.  It should be 'My'. I like it saying 'My', and if you do wish to reproduce this do so at no cost to yourself as long as you change nothing and give me credit for the art and poem.  

 "Power to the People."  We're all in the same god damned ship named the Pequod with Captain Trump, republican and democrat, at the helm taking us to our fate.  

Why do people hate foreigners who invade their nation and kill their families?  Why do the brutalized become brutal? Chris Hedges produces a scenario to help you understand.  

What would you feel inside of yourself if someone you didn't know just came in and murdered your family for political purposes? This is what we're talking about with the lack of evidence for WMD's.  At one moment in history it has been claimed the invasion of Iraq was a war crime. 


Many still believe it was a war crime


Thursday, July 06, 2017

An Introduction To Free Speech




I got my introduction to the notion of political free speech in 1964 while watching the evening news. There was a time when the news was not entirely propaganda. Click the link and hear Mario Savio deliver his famous speech. It may inspire you.

Around the supper table watching the evening news with my parents I witnessed all this happening, not understanding what it was all about. I was still in high school. I would be drafted within two years and expected to shed my blood in Vietnam. I was clueless. Just the kind of draftee the government wanted. 

The rebellion of the students in Berkeley, based on the principle of free speech lead inexorably to protesting the Vietnam War which was at that time being set up and established under false premises by the U. S. Government.

Below is a video of Fourth of July fireworks at a family picnic. We had hamburgers, goodies and beer. We also had pot. I live in a marijuana legal state.  A good time was had by all and not a soul died. 




The Pentagon Papers establish beyond a doubt the outright lies of those government officials who wished to attack Vietnam. Yes, it was all based on an 'official lie' as was the Iraq war and the subsequent mayhem and anti-human activities being carried out in the middle east at the present with American made weapons of mass destruction.

As long as the impetus of government is as it is now we can only expect war and horror for the foreseeable future.  It has been promised to us by the politicians.




Well people, it's in your hands.

Are you going to give in?

It's up to you!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ducklings And Mallard Hen At Dusk (video)



Last evening my neighbor called and asked if I had seen the Mallard hen and her ducklings that evening. She was, he said, quacking up a storm. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and what I discovered on the other side of the street is in the video below.

Enjoy


Friday, June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Syria: some thoughts and some art


I'm appalled at the willingness of humanity to display such anti-human characteristics. In a spiritual sense war is fratricide because in a spiritual sense we are brothers and sisters of one another in a worldwide family. Our fate, at present, is in the grip of principalities and powers that not only lack love but are the enemy of love. Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye." verse 25 Gospel of Thomas Nag Hammadi Library.









The ever expanding and ever increasingly unacceptable plague of war spreading over the middle east has a couple prominent explanations.  



One: it is a 'pipeline' war.  


Two: "The massive, direct and immediate power interests of the US war state -- not the determination to ensure that a pipeline would carry Qatar's natural gas to Europe -- drove the US policy of participation in the war against the Syrian regime."

Whichever of the two plans is at play is virtually meaningless. The atrocities directed against human beings are the same whether it be pipeline or power. How you define it is meaningless at that point.





My question is when will the majority of us forbid this kind of behavior by the so called elected democracies that are so much in the vogue these days? 








I am sickened at the Spirit of the Age which requires this kind of behavior.

People are being mistreated, driven from their homes, separated from their families 
and finally having their lives taken from them.  


So I speak.  



Enjoy a bite of a strawberry from my garden.









Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pond Scum Meditation



Sometimes there is recognized by those whose minds have encountered the ordinary on a personal basis a subsequent realization that they have encountered the ultimate at the same time. 

I simply set up my camera on my tripod and began to video the interaction of the wind in the middle, the sky above and the insects in front of me. 

The pond becomes a metaphor for the earth which is mostly water. The insects represent us the life that was instructed to be fruitful and multiply. 







all photography (C) 2017
by David H. Roche

Friday, June 16, 2017

I Wonder How The President Is Sleeping (Satire from the peanut gallery)







President Trump, America's overwhelming choice to design and implement the nation's future, has encountered problems requiring him to hire a lawyer to speak on his behalf.  This unexpected glitch has been handled professionally and eagerly by the White House staff who are said to "love the man" and are pleased to have the chance to lick his boots, as this Washington Post article by Chris Cillizza indicates. (remember my article is satire.)  The writer actually reveals a dystopic White House work environment and does it very well.



The President and some of the President's men are now being investigated by Federal law enforcement for possible illegal activities. The investigation is of serious proportions if this New York Times article by Michael D. Shear and Charlie Savage dated June16, 2017 is anywhere near correct. After reading the report The memory of my old dog one hot summer day chasing his tail in frustration and biting fleas came back to me. It remains to be seen if the President can get it together again. Right now it does not look as if he can pull it off.  

This change in the political weather has got to make him antsy. He's not used to this kind of response to his attempts at making America great. It's got to be getting under his skin. I wonder how he's sleeping these nights. All this negative "Fake" press has to get his dander up


He probably asks himself why Americans take the allegations of misconduct so seriously. His alleged model of public service is time honored, having its roots in Tammany Hall. After all, he signed that pipeline deal and he pissed off our European allies and generally made the people of the world feel sorry for the average American that finds himself or herself sick and tired and with little hope in the foreseeable future locked into Trumpdom and waiting for the second shoe to drop.  

Americans are all too accustomed to being screwed by their politicians. But the Trump Administration had taken the screwing to a much higher level. There is some thought the Trump Administration has finally gotten the attention of those it is screwing and that a positive change is likely to come about after the courts see to it the trash is removed.

Those people who have finally caught on are glad to see the President squirm. Thankfully the conclusion has been reached that legal proceedings are the only honorable way to clear the suspicion that the Trump Administration has floated over the nation and the world like an ominous threatening storm cloud.

So what will become of the Trump Administration whose top officials now need lawyers to speak on their behalf? It's not often such enormous scandals have to be dealt with. But the Trump Administration was 'special' from the get go. If Trump has a scandal it is going to be bigger and greater than any other political scandal you can be sure of that. It may be time to stock up on popcorn and beer: the legal proceedings could be long winded.  I know several who are already planning Impeachment Parties, none of them to be held at a Trump Resort.

How will it all turn out? No one knows. It's hard to imagine how bad it can and will become if the courts are unsuccessful. It's terribly bad now and Trump's objectives will make the future unbearable for many if not all of us who already live at the bottom of the barrel and wonder if they will have enough to eat before the first of the month rolls around.  

To this day it astonishes me how the politically abused American citizen could have fallen for the P.T. Barnum of American politics


Maybe next time it will be different.










Monday, June 12, 2017

Two Roses: a video by David H. Roche



I photographed the roses which I have growing in a bucket at the end of the driveway.

Enjoy.

Dragonfly: photography of a dragonfly by David H. Roche

I happened upon a dragonfly who had attached itself to a blade of grass. It was a breezy day and this insect clung tenaciously to a blade of grass even after I plucked it. He did not let go until I placed the grass on a chair.   


It's quite a pretty insect.  A number of years ago I witnessed a dragonfly catch another bug in the air. It overtook the other insect and when it came alongside it turned its body 90 degrees and grabbed the other insect with its legs or feet or whatever they are called. It just like turned on its side and grabbed the other insect without missing a wingbeat. 

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Trump, Paris,The Old Farmer, The Mule And Climate Change: A Parable







I remembered a story my brother told me about an Old Farmer who had a Mule. This was a story with a lesson. My older brother was directing the lesson of that story at me on that particular day. But it is the kind of story whose meaning can be applied to different situations and I remembered it this morning when thinking of what President Trump had done to us all by deciding against preserving the environment. This is a decision contrary to the well-being of not only Americans, but the rest of the world. Well anyway, the Old Farmer liked to brag about his Mule by telling visitors that it would obey voice commands.

Mules are notorious for being obstinate. One day a visitor to the Farm, after being informed of the Mules characteristics, replied that he did not believe it. The Old Farmer said: "Go ahead and tell him to do something."

The visitor went over to the other side of the barnyard and called to the Mule to come to the cart that was under the hay loft. The Mule was accustomed to being hitched to the cart on a daily basis around the Farm, but today it didn't move. The visitor gave the same command a few more times with similar results and then turned to the Old Farmer and said: "I knew he wouldn't do it."

The Old Farmer replied: "You didn't ask right."  The Old Farmer picked up a six foot 2 X 4 and walked over to the Mule and whacked the beast in the head so hard the animals knees buckled. Then the Old Farmer turned to the visitor and said: "Tell him to do it now."

The visitor told the Mule to go to the cart. The Mule went directly to the cart and backed up to be hitched directly under the hay loft. The visitor looked at the Old Farmer as if he had caught him in a lie and blurted out: "That's not what you said, you said all I had to do was tell him what to do."

The Old Farmer replied: "That's all you did. We just had to get his attention first!"

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There's several lessons to be garnered from this simple story. The one that is coming to my mind this morning concerns the imminent effects of climate change, global warming and all the associated social consequences which are inevitable. (some of the social consequences have been enumerated by the climate action network website) Now that President Trump (who fulfills the role of the Old Farmer in the story) has revealed his intentions by removing the U.S. from participating in the Paris Climate Agreement (in depth info in this NPR report) you and I have been smacked with a big 2 X 4 right between the eyes. 

The writing is indeed on the wall for the future of life as we know it on the planet.  Are you paying attention? 




This lesson I'm drawing from the story this morning places the populace in the position of the Mule. Now the Mule has gotten it's attention grabbed with that whack in the head in Paris by the Old Farmer. What do you think the Mule WILL do? What do you think the Mule SHOULD do? Will the Mule pull the cart until it drops dead?  Or will it behave like a camel that knows when it's being taken advantage of?

The application of the story gets fuzzy at this point. The Old Farmer (played by Trump) is making decisions that are predictably going to affect the Mule (played by the people) negatively. The Old Farmer displays little concern for the negative effects which the present and future generations will encounter because of his decisions to make a profit instead of making sure the Farm can continue to provide the means of life for the Family. (Article in National Geographic report on climate change and related effects)






Humanity, it would seem, finds it incumbent upon itself to modify the anti-human activities of its culture if it is to survive. I have begun referring to the decisions of the Old Farmer as anti-human and it is a poetically as well as literally apt designation. 

When our way of life requires that 7 million people die prematurely each year anti-human is an excellent way to describe those kind of goings on. As many as 7 million human beings die each year prematurely from effects related to air pollution according to the WHO. Let that sink in, 7 million unnecessary premature deaths each year! 

To be fair not all air pollution is caused by industry and our way of life. The majority of pollution is created by our way of life. The pollution created by our way of life is the only pollution able to be curtailed and it is able to be curtailed by deliberate choice, by simply changing our minds. 

Volcanoes cannot be stopped, methane eruptions occurring from the gut of the earth cannot be stopped. But we can stop using coal and oil and natural gas. We must stop the pollution we are making. If we do not stop polluting, the designation of being anti-human is a perfect fit!

Maybe if Trump has done one good thing, and that by accident, he has the world set against allowing his attempt at 'bio-cide' to succeed. Can it get anymore insane than this? 

Damn.  I almost wish I were young again so I could see what happens.





The connection is genuine. The decisions of the corpocracy which have guided the ship of state have brought us to the shores of an ocean whose rising temperatures are whipping up winds and dropping water in far away places causing floods, wreaking havoc over the length and breadth of the earth. This is not a joke. 

The problem is a genuine problem. (Bill Moyers.com) The risks are genuine risks and if we fail to turn this around we who have sown to the wind will as the night follows the day reap the proverbial whirlwind. 

My personal understanding may differ from yours.  I believe the roots of the problems facing us are spiritual. Why else would we shit in our own bed and refuse to admit it?

Others who do not think in spiritual categories also understand the problem is of our own making. Regardless of which perspective we understand the problem we are agreed that we as a culture must make changes in order to be responsible to ourselves, our children and the future of our children's children. The culture that has sown carbon death to the winds awaits the harvest.






The artwork and text in the body of the post above was done by myself.(David H. Roche (C) 2017) 

I am appalled at the plan to lay waste to the nation's environment by the Old Farmer and his band of corporate enablers. This art and writing is how I voice my opposition. Thankfully i'm not the only artist who has seen that a problem exists. Hopefully more will appear to educate, motivate, shock and instigate for Climate Justice for all.

One of my favorite artists, Alex Grey, has made a much more eloquent and artistically esthetic defense of the environment and the Spirit than my feeble attempt. I would encourage you to watch his wonderful poem / art / play / visual odyssey titled World Spirit.  It's primo, click the orange letters!

Below is a video poem I wrote and put together.  It is titled "The Death Of Love" and seems to go with the reasons I feel are the cause for the present state of society.










Saturday, June 03, 2017

Visitor At Bedtime

I've seen this critter come to the porch to eat food I leave for the feral cats that also come.  Last night just before the day became stingy with the light I spied the raccoon and decided to take the videos.

In the past a raccoon has given birth to 3 kits under my trailer, there is no evidence in these pictures that offspring are on the way.

The animal was not too concerned about my being there.  Not enough to leave, as you can see.  








Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Devil's Darning Needles Mating


Spring is here and the insects are preparing to make sure there are enough for next year.  The video was taken over the last several days and the still photography a few years ago.





Friday, May 19, 2017

President Trump Announces Plans For Elimination Of Homelessness, Unemployment And The National Debt

Dateline Intercourse West Virginia.  
Yew Dewit for Pie In The Face News.

While scuffling back and forth with courts and prosecutors over media driven topics like political corruption and treason, President Trump tackled several of the most pressing problems facing the ruling elite class he represents. The problems of homeless and jobless people and the national deficit seemed insurmountable to all except Trump. These were problems he had in his sights until the recent squabble over treason and political corruption wormed it's way into the headlines. 

Today, as if he were unaware that the proceedings which have begun to investigate his cabal of nere-do wells for high level crimes, he announced how he will solve the problems of homelessness, unemployment, and the fiscal crisis.

The President revealed his plan today in Intercourse West Virginia before an eager crowd of unemployed moonshiners who had been forced out of work by the government and were hoping to hear words of hope from the savior they had voted for. There had been rumors that their beloved leader had a plan to provide jobs to replace what the government had taken from them. He was their man and they wanted to know what amazing plan he had come up with.

"Folks", the POTUS began, "Times are tough, yes they are. You've probably heard what the liberal press is trying to do to me. They're all fake news and they're not going to succeed ... I'm a winner!"

The President, eating from a very large bag of orange grease loaded junk food as he spoke, went on to explain his plan for saving America. 

"The problems of homelessness and unemployment and the national debt all have a common thread which binds us all to one another.  Unfortunately now the thread of society is unwinding and that is destroying the fabric of America as we know it. Today I announce an end to those very, very serious problems faced by the nation."

The President paused giving the gathered audience the impression he was gathering his thoughts, as he ran his orange stained fingers through his glorious yellow hair before licking them with obvious relish and continuing.

"You know folks last night between tweets I had this thought.  I think a lot folks, I think a lot folks, you can believe that. I said to myself, these three pressing problems facing the nation can be solved very simply."

The President went on to explain how by the executive order he would sign before leaving Intercourse that day would make homelessness a job description.  Furthermore the collection and redemption of returnable cans and bottles would be considered, for taxation purposes, a job which would eliminate both unemployment and increase income tax revenue.

President Trump concluded:  "By this executive order the so called homeless, nobody really knows what they are, can be made to pay their fair share for partaking of this great nation's bounty. By taxing the revenue of these homeless can gatherers we can balance the national budget on their backs without a tax increase for the wealthy. For that reason I have instructed my administration to begin capitalizing on this largely hidden workforce that holds hostage such an immense amount of unreported underground income."

The President became inspired as he went on to explain how his plan would work. "Do you know how many homeless and unemployed this nation has?  We have an awful lot. By the signing of this Presidential order our financial and our employment, problems will vanish. Each and every homeless and unemployed person in the nation will now be able to afford food and housing should they want it. From now on they have no excuse for being out of work. There will always be cans to pick up. 

"My pledge to the American people is and always has been that I would make America great again. Restoring full employment is the first step." 


Trump was whisked away from the photo op by helicopter leaving the befuddled gathering of unemployed moonshiners to contemplate the meaning of his words around Enos Baumgartner's still.


Yew Dewit reporting for Pie In The Face News
a product of the Dadaist News Service. 
Pie In The Face News does not rely on facts because facts get in the way of truth.
Pie In The Face News is 1st Amendment protected.

(C) 2017 by David H. Roche



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Edges Of The Other Side (Poetry and photography}

                
                  The Edges Of The Other Side        
           


                    
        Beneath the sun and sky
                Floral Spirits blow upon the grass
as they watch from the edges
                              of the Other Side.







Poetry and photography by David H. Roche (C) 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shit Hitting The Fan


(Added link: this article arrived today.  It is appropriate to the rest of the story. Noam Chomsky @ Truthdig.) 



"Shit hitting the fan" is an evocative phrase, like 'who cut the cheese'?

The Presidency of Donald Trump has become a universal matter of grave concern.This is now publicly evident in that even the corporate warmongering mainstream institutions of the media have joined together to sink his boat. Just a brief look at the news of the day says there's trouble in river city and it rhymes with "T" and it stands for Trump.This article by Steve Benen in TheMaddowBlog is representative of the reaction of the mainstream media in response to having a President with all the couth of a bull in a china shop.

I'm not a fan of the warmongering slackers in the mainstream journalist profession. But they are playing a great role here.They have the means to make Humpty Dumpty fall off his horse and crack his shell. Thankfully it appears they are trying to do it as best as they can even after enabling the bozo to succeed in his career choice as King of America.

When Trump is forced to step down it is not a signal that the American people have won.  It will mean that there are still some remnants of constitutional viability left. With that in mind if the nation is to be saved it must not be allowed to return to the control of the oligarchy which supported Clinton and Obama and every other President since the banks took control of the nation's money supply.

After the purge it is up to the people newly invigorated by the smell of justice fresh in their nostrils to remake their social institutions until those social institutions serve the people instead of the Wall Street manipulators. The most pressing need of the American people is to find an escape from poverty.  

Poverty is a social disease. It is caused and transmitted by the method in which the economy is ordered. Inflation and stagnant salaries are an example of socially contrived methods to produce poverty.There are over 43 million people afflicted with poverty in the U.S. There are about 321 million people living here. Most are not in poverty but many are in debt and praying they can hold on even as people like Wells Fargo continue to sack their little remaining resources with the desire and intent of a pack of vultures over a corpse. If the wind blows the wrong way a lot more Americans will be in poverty. 

My take on a solution to the problem is that economic resources of the nation could be re-routed so that the people are served instead of the oligarchical classes. In other words each citizen would be a vested shareholder at birth or naturalization and corporate profits would be redistributed to the residents in society.  

Corporate profits are at dizzying heights. Imagine if all the profits which proceed from consumer purchases were returned to the consumer / purchaser instead of given to the oligarchical classes.There would be an end of poverty and that is what I have in mind when I make the point that poverty is a socially transmitted disease.The current system of distributing the profits generated by the people in American society must be completely rethought. Stop for a moment and imagine how the economy would boom if people had the ability to make more purchases!If they had more money they'd make more purchases and GNP would rise steadily.This has not been tried yet, why not try it?  

So, in conclusion,when the King is forced to abdicate the desire for truth, justice and the American way will not have been realized. American society will still be in the grip of the ruling elite classes.The system of poverty which is related directly to the economic policies they have instituted must be replaced if social justice is to be the norm.

When the King is gone, let's be sure we don't elect another one.  The shit is hitting the fan, expect it to stink for a while. But the power is in the hands and minds of the people.  It remains to be seen if they will use that power to create a brave new future or simply go back to sleep.



Monday, May 08, 2017

DisLexic Airlines Announces Radical Policy Changes In Wake Of Customer Abuse Revelations

After a series of media exposes involving mistreatment of passengers DisLexic Airlines Inc. has announced a stunning review of it's policies.  This action on the part of the airline comes after the highly publicized beating, expulsion and arrest of a touring group of deaf and dumb autistic patients whose only means of communicating was through miming.   




In the first hours after the incident DisLexic Airlines Inc. Ceo, Fukwit Profit sought to discredit the group saying:  "Our crew felt threatened.The rioting passengers were making ungodly grunting groaning noises and some were slobbering. All of the perpetrators were making, what the crew determined, were threatening gestures with grotesque expressions on their faces. It was that determination which resulted in the successful takedown and liberation of the airplane from the threat of these terrorists.  Except for a broken nose and a few missing teeth by the terrorist rioters none of the passengers were hurt. Thank Jehovah."  

DisLexic Airlines Inc. immediately removed from it's website the previous post (which Pie in the Face News caught a screenshot of) and replaced it with the following post.

Ceo Fukwit Profit can be seen on the official DisLexic Airlines Inc. website in an official video making the following statement:  "As many have seen in the news there have been a series of incidents associated with our trademark that make  DisLexic Airlines appear insensitive to the needs of travellers. 

"As of today we are determined to challenge that public perception by making the following changes.

The first major change will be no longer hiring those with law enforcement or martial arts background. We are now going to encourage our employees to think of themselves as aiding people in making their journey instead of operating a flying prison. Instead of the heavy handed government approved fascist tactics we will make sure every customer is treated with respect. Even those with disabilities. This is our promise." 

The announcement by DisLexic Ceo Fukwit Profit was received by the American people the way a mother cleans up the floor under the high chair. 
"Right", was the roll your eyes response that appeared on just about every face. That response appeared to be justified as almost as if on cue a series of atrocities occurred involving DisLexic Airlines.  

The most serious of the incidents involved a 99 year old passenger. Within two days of Fukwit Profit's saying the Airline would abolish it's heavy handed approach to customer service 99 year old Helen Marvis was found near death in a wheelchair in the lobby of PPP holding a ticket for a flight two days previously.  Jorge Jesus who works from midnight to 8:30 on the janitorial staff at PPP told  Pie in the Face News reporter Yew Didit: "I had seen her there for at least two days.  I didn't think much of it seeing how air travel is. But the third day I thought to myself there's something not right here. That's when I said something after I swept around her and she asked for water. She didn't ask, she kind of croaked out something that sounded like 'water'. I've worked here six years and seen a lot on this shift but this is the damndest thing I've ever seen." 

Investigation by Pie in the Face News has revealed that 99 year old Helen Marvis had been told at the boarding gate she needed someone to travel with her because of her disability. DisLexic employees at the ticket counter said they explained to the 99 year old Marvis that she needed someone to ride with her. Marvis is deaf as well as wheelchair bound. Hospital staff have indicated she is on IV fluids but are hopeful she will recover.


There were protesters at DisLexic Airlines ticket counters and Pie in the Face News stopped to interview Shirley Greenhouse of "Fair Play For Humans" a group which formed in response to violence against customers by the airline industry. 

Greenhouse was clearly angry.  "We're human beings for God's sake not cattle!  This practice must stop. And we're going to make it stop.There's no reason air travel has to be like being taken to a 'black site'."  

In the place where on any other usual business day, there was a line of people waiting to buy tickets there was not a single person. It appeared to Pie in the Face News that at least for today they had succeeded.

Reporting from PPP this is Yew Didit for Pie in the Face News.  Pie in the Face News, where the facts are always alternative, but the message is always Right On.






Monday, April 24, 2017

A Walk Down 14th Street To The River

The little city of Astoria Oregon on the banks of the Columbia River is a photographer's paradise. The clustering of houses paints the hillside with a variety of colors evoking an almost storybook kind of feeling. 

The weather often changes abruptly with extremes ranging from bright sunshine, to drops of ice cold rain, clouds and hail and back again to bright sunshine sometimes accompanied by high winds. However the mercurial weather provides the dramatic lighting effects the photographer delights in.  Be sure to bring a poncho along, chances are you'll need it.  If not today you'll likely need it tomorrow. The changing weather may sound like a bummer but in reality it gives the photographer an ever changing progression of photo opportunities.





I took the bus into town and got off on 14th St. at about the middle of the hill which leads down to the river.   All along the way the bridge peeks out between the buildings.








I took photographs on the way down the steep sidewalks to the riverside and put them into a video. You can check it out below.




At the end of 14th St. is a pier with a bench and viewing area that looks out over the river on three sides, width, upstream, downstream and up the steep hillside on the Astoria side.  




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Day Trip To Ilwaco





Ilwaco is a small community that has a strong natural connection with the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.  The locale is a picturesque setting on the water's edge.  While not big in size Ilwaco has a goodly number of unique shops and places to eat and drink. 



The Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River are awe inspiring.  So in this land of rain and clouds I decided immediately upon seeing 100 percent sunlight to go across the river and take some pictures. 



I got a real good sunburn and some fairly good pictures. I snapped the one below with my phone camera while on the bus overlooking Marine Drive. 






Saturday, April 15, 2017

Morning at the Cove



"Morning at the Cove" consists of pictures and video I took on a couple of days.  The video of the surfers was taken well over a year ago and the other pictures and video were taken this month.

The Cove attracts surfers and it is unusual not to see some. It was fun watching the surf and the surfers playing with each other. 




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