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Cannon Beach

If you need a long break (cause there are lots of stuff in this post and it took me a long time), get by your computer, grab a coke or a coffee, and let yourself be taken away with four grown giddy girls … who two weeks ago spent four days on the Oregon Coast […]

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Kathy Grover - October 14, 2011 - 11:30 PM

I know why your pictures look so good, Mary (and I’m not referring to textures.) But I keep wondering, why were all those critters in the tidepool the first evening but not there when I returned at another low tide? Were those arms or fins on those strange possibly-shrimp-or-fish creatures? And dang it, how does Linda Johnston look so good on a windy beach?

shayna - October 15, 2011 - 7:29 AM

Awesome post Mary. I crave visiting the Oregon Coast, thanks for giving me a taste of your time there 🙂

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 15, 2011 - 7:40 AM

Seriously, one of the quaintest little towns, and prettiest beach around and while we didn’t go there this trip, Ecola Park (Beach) is just up the road and so amazing as well. Go to Cannon Beach in June as they have a Sand Castle Competition on the beach. Amazing work. Have a great weekend Shayna.

Roberta Johnston - October 15, 2011 - 8:01 AM

Do I have a favorite picture in the ones you posted??? Where would I start? the starfish, wow! the sand dollars, the “foam” that looked so pretty with all the colors of the rainbow? The cool car show? the bride and her friend, how cool was that??? But I guess my favorite? The pics of you and your cherished friends, after all isn’t that why you were there after all? Long time friends who see life in so many different ways but at the end of the day celebrate the Lord and His blessings in each of your lives all these years of friendship, too bad Oprah isn’t still on the air, she could do a whole show on your precious friendships and what you guys mean to each other! Thanks for posting Mary! I’m going to go back thru the photos again for the third time so I can really enjoy your trip again!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 15, 2011 - 8:14 AM

Love it … looking at them three times! Woo hoo! If you knew how long I spent on this post and to hear you are looking at them three times – makes a blogger feel reeal good. 🙂 You are so sweet Roberta and so right about the friendships. It sometimes takes effort to keep us all together, but together we are. Have a great weekend. Mary

Linda Johnston - October 15, 2011 - 2:12 PM

Mary, you do the most amazing work preserving the loveliest memories of your family, friends and others. The beach outside our door with beauty so stunning it takes your breath away, the sea creatures in such abundance as I’ve never seen before, spending time with incredible friends and our awesome God, and a little shopping–does make for a perfect weekend getaway. It was so much fun playing Stacy and Clinton to Cathy V–she has such a gentle, beautiful spirit and it was so special to see her eyes light up when she saw how beautiful she looked in clothes that fit her so well. Roberta is right about our precious friendships. I am truly and abundantly blessed by my beautiful friends–all of them, even the ones who didn’t make it this trip and who we missed. Your blog is always so insightful and the perfect complement to your pictures. Yes, Angie and I were rolling our eyes at you and Kathy G while you were in back talking about photography. We got the strangest sense that we were listening to you speak a foreign language. Are you sure you two were speaking English? Thanks Mary.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 15, 2011 - 8:15 PM

Like I always tell you Linda, it’s easy. Just increase the f stop unless of course you want a blurred effect then you lower the shutter speed … but when you have a bright background, be sure to add a little extra touch of exposure but not too much because you’ll get hot spots on your histogram or you could bump up the ISO so that you can control your DOF. As always, thanks for sharing your heart and reminding the others that we missed them. The crazy part, next year will be totally different with new sights and new experiences for those who can make it.

Liz - October 15, 2011 - 9:25 PM

Mary your pictures are amazing (as usual)!! Thank you for sharing.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 16, 2011 - 6:57 AM

Liz, thank you! So nice to look on and see a comment from you!

Megan - October 16, 2011 - 10:27 AM

Whoa! I didn’t know starfish and sand dollars came in those colors! How gorgeous!! I love how the seal was posing and can’t believe you were all so brave to get so close! Better than all the scenery photos was all the random photos of you six silly girls smiling and having so much fun together…it makes me happy that you have such a tight knit group of girls to bond with!

Oh, and I agree with you- haystack rock looks amazingly different in each photo.

Love you!

Sheila Webb Clark - October 17, 2011 - 7:53 AM

Love this post Mary. Such great photos and looks like you had a great time!

Kathy Jones - October 17, 2011 - 4:44 PM

Mary – as always – amazing pics! Now I wish I had been there with all of you – you looked like you had a great time – and the scenery was even more stunning than last year!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 18, 2011 - 8:17 AM

The sights were definitely a bonus this year and we didn’t even get over to Ecola Park. Wondered what we’d have seen there? Whales perhaps since Linda saw some when she was on the Oregon Coast earlier. Who knows. I won’t be able to go next year (I committed to shooting Gloria’s son’s wedding and the two collide, but you can go in my place and take the pictures, ok? OK! Thanks Kathy!)

Beth - The Botut Blog - October 18, 2011 - 11:04 AM

Wow, so beautiful and more than I expected. We just may have to add this spot to our “places to travel” list!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 18, 2011 - 11:06 AM

Hi Beth, if you make it far enough to go to this beach, you better darn well make it all the way to Idaho! Just sayin’!

Your Man - October 18, 2011 - 8:15 PM

WOW, and you call yourself an amateur. What great pics with great friends. Love ya.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - October 18, 2011 - 8:25 PM

I know, I never cease to amaze you, do I Honey? (Wink)

Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter can be a lot of hype, just like Christmas … but the hype should and can be more than just the commercial type. Easter is a time of year that we remember Jesus dying on the cross, but we celebrate that three days later He rose from the dead! For Christians, eggs came to […]

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Megan - April 23, 2011 - 8:22 PM

He is Risen!!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 8:24 PM

He is risen indeed!

Shayna - April 24, 2011 - 10:29 AM

Happy Easter! Love the chic pictures 🙂

"Light the Streets"

About one year ago I made the leap to sponsor a child through Africa New Life Ministries on a monthly basis. Her name is Diane, she is now in 6th grade, loves soccer, English, drawing, and has written me some pretty sweet letters. I say leap because I’ve always been somewhat of a skeptic when it […]

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Boy Meets Girl (Jim and Diane)

This is a love story of boy meets girl. This is his story. The year was 1969. It was the 8th grade year. Boy was at a basketball tournament with friends. He sees girl for the first time as she walks up the stairway to exit the game. He asks his friends who the girl is. They reply. […]

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botut - February 22, 2011 - 10:42 PM

Loved these pictures! Mostly how the snow was “frozen” yet not distracting. Awesome.

Your Man - February 25, 2011 - 4:42 PM

Wow, wish I could ‘ve been in those pics. What a neat couple. They seem to go together like peas and butter. Down 2 earth people who don’t judge. And love each other.

Kay - February 26, 2011 - 10:00 AM

This is AWESOME!!! You two are the best!! Your love for each other is an inspiration!! We love you both so much. The pictures are great!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 26, 2011 - 10:33 AM

This comment was left on the Page entitled “About Me” but I wanted to add it here for Jim and Diane to see. (Thank you btw, Gail, for such nice comments.) Mary

It was from Gail Kennedy and read: You did such a fabulous job capturing the love I have always seen in my forever friends, Diane and Jim. I am glad you have been encouraged in the art of photography – I think you have a God given talent. Thank you for posting such a wonderful story of two very special people!

Kathy Jones - March 1, 2011 - 7:06 AM

Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! What a great setting! It embodies who Jim and Diane are – down to earth and so full of life! And I always enjoy hearing about “his” story of Boy Meets Girl “sigh”…

Debbie - March 3, 2011 - 12:53 PM

Went to high school with Diane and Jim, and what a great couple. Diane is one of the kindest and greatest friends a person can have. My husband Pat and I feel very blessed to be their friends from South Dakota their hometown!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 3, 2011 - 10:55 PM

Debbie, thank you for visiting the site to read about J & D. I’ll be sure they read your comment. They’ll love it. Mary

A Together Kind of Love (Jim and Kathy)

Imagine a house in the mountains surrounded by some acreage, with a fence and a gate, lots of well cared for dogs and cats, and a river or stream near by. Imagine, if you will, a sign on the gate. What might it read? I think it would simply read “Heaven on earth found here.” […]

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Your Man - February 21, 2011 - 5:44 PM

It’s true, what a unique couple. Their love for the outdoors and animals make me jealous. I wish I could be that compassionate. Mikey

Lacey - February 21, 2011 - 10:28 PM

Wow what a wonderful post mary! I admire their love for eachother everyday and pray I will be that happy in 36 years! I love my parents!!

botut - February 21, 2011 - 10:51 PM

Wow is that a radical sunset! Loved how you captured the personality of the couple.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 21, 2011 - 10:55 PM

That’s BIG that you say that because of all my friends, Kathy hates the camera most. The only other person that hates the camera more is my own dear mom. I’m trying [unsuccessfully] to convert her.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 22, 2011 - 12:26 AM

Lacey, we love your parents too and what a beautiful testament you gave. I don’t believe in luck, so do what it takes to make that happen … and you said it … prayer is the place to start! It won’t be long until you’re a bride – have fun! Love, Mary

God’s Gift – Natural Light


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Megan - January 13, 2011 - 9:41 PM

Awwww, two things- what a sweet, sweet boy and such a perfect, perfect message…thanks for helping me remember to trust God and thank him for all things!!!

Linda Johnston - January 14, 2011 - 9:22 AM

Oh, how precious those pictures are and what lovely captions–they tell truth in a beautiful way. So sweet Mary.

Aubrey Archuleta - January 14, 2011 - 3:17 PM

Squeeeeeeee! That baby boy is perfect! That blonde hair & chubby cheeks…HEAVEN.

fairlycandid - January 14, 2011 - 3:20 PM

He is Heaven … when he’s not teething. 🙂 These photos were taken almost 2 months ago when he was 13 months. He’s all grown up now. 😉

Marilyn Senn - January 28, 2011 - 7:11 AM


fairlycandid - January 28, 2011 - 7:15 AM

Awww, Marilyn, how sweet was that. Thank you ! (For those of you wondering who this is, it’s MJ’s great-grandma in Maryland.)