Walking in the Neighborhood

Today’s quarantine project is to import photos from my camera SD card and from Apple photos into Lightroom Mobile on my iPad. Then edit selected photos, save them to a drive then include them in a blog post.

Importing into Lightroom is so much easier now that we have iPadOS. Editing them is okay, but I’m having a difficult time exporting the pics. I try to export to a cloud service (e.g. Google Drive) but they either show up with little red “-“ in them or an error isn’t displayed but nothing is in the folder when I browse using the Files or Google Drive App. Then magically I eventually end up with multiple versions of the image files in the location I exported them to.

Also, after editing in Lightroom I think it is better to use the “Export As…” dialog since it gives more control over the output such as naming and quality.

So my attempt today is to export them to an attached SSD drive. Let’s see how that works. I’m hoping since the export is to a local drive it will be fast and easy.

Anyway, I’ve been walking a lot since the New Year started and since the gym is shut down, walking is the only exexcise I get. I see some beautiful and interesting things as I range around a 3-mile radius from home. I’ve walked in pouring rain, drizzle (a lot here in Spring), and brilliant sunshine.

This gorgeous view of our local volcano – Mt. Hood – made the walk up the steep Weir Road worthwhile.

My Hood seen from the top of Weir Road

Here is a view of Mt. St. Helen and Mt Adams (I think) from the top of Weir Road in Beaverton.

Mt. St. Helen and Mt Adams (I think) from the top of Weir Road.

One of my routes takes me up and down part of the Power Line Trail. The clouds can be dramatic. The Power Line Trail runs about 6 miles from Scholls Ferry Road at the south end all the way north up to the Sunset Highway

Dramatic clouds from the Power Line trail

Even on the cool showery March days the trees know Spring is coming.

Sunset maple tree getting ready for a new season

After walking up to the top of Weir Road, or when on the Power Line Trail I usually turn back east toward home on Nora Road. Nora is a prime example of the screwed up street naming in this part of town. I think it must be due to various small roads with unique names later being joined as the Beaverton and Washington County grew. From the top of the hill on Nora you can head east and without taking any turns you end up on Beard then Brockman and after a slight bend to the left Greenway.

Walking down Nora you get a vivid sense of time: some of the houses are old and small interspersed with newer large upscale neighborhoods. Here is one of the old houses

Old small house on Nora Road

What struck me about this home was the little seated statue on the porch. Racist much?

Racist much?

I”m glad to say that is the exception to the rule.
There are other, fun, garden decorations like this rooster.

Garden rooster

On a nice day in mid March Carla and I strolled along a portion of the Fanno Creek Trail. The 7.3 mile trail parallels Fanno Creek (what a coincidence!) from downtown Tigard through Beaverton and up to Southwest Portland. We walked from Hall Blvd, and a bit past the Scholls and Allen intersection.

This tree is stooped but may still be alive.

Stooped tree along the Fanno Creek Trail

Corona virus or not, spring is in the air.

Along Fanno Creek Trail in Beaverton, Oregon

Along the trail we saw a number of colorful chalk drawings on the path. This, I think, shows peoples’ spirits as we plod along the public health crisis.

Encouraging words along Fanno Creek Trail during the COVID-19 pandemic

Fingers crossed, I got the images exported to my SSD drive and imported into WordPress. It will be interesting to see how it looks online.

Stay healthy!

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