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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)

Hunter's Weekend – Labor Day

We went camping over Labor Day with the kids and some good friends (missed you J’s). September 1st is opening Grouse Season (and my husband’s birthday every year) so up the mountain we went. It was a chilly 24 degrees that first morning at 6:30 am, but by the time we reached the summit around […]

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Roberta Johnston - September 7, 2011 - 5:20 AM

My only complaint about these pictures…..Mike should have been wearing a Boise State hat! It comes in Orange too and would work for hunting! Other than that….breathtaking! Mary you need to be putting some of these in the Idaho Outdoors photo contest, but then again if you did, you’d be going up against some really good photographers like my son, Beau! haha, no really Mary, your photos of Idaho are stunning and are worthy of winning a contest, I am so glad you have that eye that can see what those of us miss, in this crazy, busy world, you help us to stop and “smell the roses” or at least stop, if only for a moment, and see what the Lord has created!! You have my Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval…..

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 7, 2011 - 6:10 AM

Oh, that’s funny about the hat Roberta. You are absolutely right! I took one photo that I will now need to add of Mike and Jim sporting their man aprons. Mike’s is BSU! I didn’t know Beau did this too — how cool — and yes, I intended to enter that contest and it sat by my desk and I never did it and was then mad at myself. Next year I promise to not let my lack of confidence get the best of me. Thank you for encouraging me as always.

Megan - September 7, 2011 - 6:25 AM

That second picture has Western Idaho Fair “Best of Show” written all over it. 🙂 Fun but COLD weekend. Oh, and thanks…really, thanks for the mouth-open sleeping picture. Guess it could have been worse, right? And it was such a lovely nap….

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 7, 2011 - 6:38 AM

Hee hee hee! I remember a much less flattering sleeping pic that showed up on you blog once of me. You know what they say about paybacks don’t you? So glad you guys came!!! Love you.

Sent from my iPhone

Roberta Johnston - September 7, 2011 - 3:23 PM

Thanks for adding the last photo and the commentary about Georgia! Now your Labor Day weekend pictures are complete!! (:

Aubrey - September 7, 2011 - 6:27 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!!! Those pics are STUNNING. I am so impressed. Looks like fun, wish I could have camping-crashed your group 😀

Your Man - September 7, 2011 - 7:47 PM

It was a great time. The weather friends and family all made it perfect. Great pics babe. Next time hand me the camera to get a pic of you with our grandkids. Love you after 36.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 7, 2011 - 11:04 PM

Aubrey, seriously, thank you! As for crashing the party … any ol’ time! Your boys would have a blast!

Beth - The Botut Blog - September 9, 2011 - 2:52 PM

OH MY GOSH! Just when I think I have found a favorite post you do something like this and make me re-think my favorite!! I love ALL the photos and cracked up at the “Born a golden retriever, shaved a lab.” Although, I must say I’d have to kill you for posting a picture of me sleeping. Why? Because I don’t sleep pretty like Megan does. I’d be all open mouth and drooling!

Awesome stuff Mary!

Cathie Alonzo - September 9, 2011 - 7:24 PM

Cousin Mary, you have definitely found your calling! Your are always just amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 9, 2011 - 9:35 PM

The sleeping picture? Pay back … only I DID look like you described!

justleesha - September 11, 2011 - 2:39 PM

Love all these Mary! All the landscape photos for soooo beautiful!

Sydney Reece and Co.

Megan, Robby, and 16 month old Sydney have been home for five weeks now and it has been crazy good! We have made up for lost time by doing lots of things together. Of course I usually have my camera in tow (except for this week when I got two big and two little visitors […]

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Megan - May 12, 2011 - 7:04 AM

Oh my sweet heavens. How can my heart melt so many times? I want to go wake her up just so I can squeeze that little cutie! I have been wondering where all those (amazing) pictures that I knew you took were…and here they are!!! Thank you! The one of you and her on the swings is perfect- your Grandma smile in that picture is priceless.

Btw- the watermark on the pics looks good!

Laura Higgs - May 13, 2011 - 12:05 AM

Love the pictures. Between Megan and your site, I am watching close from a far.
Your picture taking quality is extremely professional. Keep up the great work.

Your Man - May 15, 2011 - 2:58 PM

What a beautiful granddaughter I have. Not to mention wife and daughter. Yea , bet you were in my shoes.

Bye Bye Birdie

Last week I saw Bye Bye Birdie at the Morrison Center for Music Week, then you might recall that Mylah called my five baby chicks “Birdie” in the post called More Chicky Love. Well, birdies went bye-bye today. A nice couple with several acres and lots of chickens (who have a really nice neighbor that told me about […]

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Linda - May 3, 2011 - 10:35 PM

Well of course Mikey is looking forward to next year–he is probably already planning to put the stuff in the shed on his side of the garage! You know he loved those chickys.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 4, 2011 - 6:19 AM

I am thinking the same thing Linda. He is probably just waiting till next year when it will be a BIG EASTER SURPRISE like it was for him.

Laura Higgs - May 4, 2011 - 4:44 PM

Adorable. This story made me think that maybe when I was a kid, our family dog actually did go to “a farm.” :o)
I felt a sense you may upgrade to goats or llama next year…….

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 4, 2011 - 5:51 PM

Laura, you crack me up. Not sure my city covenants would go for the bigger animals, but put me on some acreage and I’m going for it!

botut - May 5, 2011 - 8:26 AM

Oh I love them! I am going to have Donnie build me a coop next year. He is thrilled (not).

Aubrey Archuleta - May 10, 2011 - 3:36 PM

Those pastel eggs! Beautiful. Maybe I will try my hand at chicks in Seattle?

Tulip Appreciation

This week our office put on their yearly “Staff Appreciation Event” which is always top-notch — lunch and entertainment for the whole office (while the office closes down). I work with some great people, in a great location downtown, and with a great schedule. I appreciate that. I really do. I took my camera to […]

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Shayna - April 30, 2011 - 4:15 PM

It was a beautiful day. Great pictures Mary, I love the vibrant colors.

More Chicky Love

My friend Kathy has three beautiful granddaughters who live out-of-state. They are home for Spring Break and so I offered for them to come over and see Big Ben and the gang if they’d like. They liked. I asked Kathy to bring her camera and it made my heart happy that she was so snap […]

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Linda - April 26, 2011 - 8:30 PM

Cute little chickys all.

Kathy - April 27, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Oh Mary – you did such a good job capturing my beautiful little girls! Thank you for the wonderful blessing of having us over and showing loving patience through all the drama! And, although Mylah looks like a three year old she is actually only two! Hence, the drama…
A memory I am sure the girls will remember for a long time.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 27, 2011 - 9:54 AM

Glad you liked them and have fun with all the pictures you took. Oops, thought someone said Mylah was three … I made the correction in the post. 2 … 3 … 6 … 8 … whatever their ages, they are all beauties, those girls!

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 🙂

A Big Easter Surprise

On Tuesday, I came home and met Mike outside mowing the yard. [Said in my sweetest wifey voice] “Hon, I need your help. Could you find me a big box … I need a big box.” We chatted about boxes until the big question I was dreading finally came. “What do you need a box for?” “Weeeell […]

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Sheila Clark - April 22, 2011 - 7:30 AM

Oh Mary! LOL! Those are so cute! Even though they aren’t the photos that you expected to get, they are so darn cute. I love the one of MJ laying on the floor looking at the chick and the one where it looks like he’s going to squeeze the life out of it. So funny! I hope you get the shots that you want on your second try 🙂

Linda Johnston - April 22, 2011 - 8:56 AM

Who needs Anne Geddes when you’ve got Gramma Mary? Sometimes pictures are cuter when they don’t go as we plan. It shows those precious little personalities. Besides, I think there is a reason why Anne Geddes often chooses newborns for her work–they sleep a lot, unlike 1 1/2 year olds. I can even see the look on Mikey’s face when you told him why you needed the box (I think he secretly loves your big ideas). I can see chickey love all over his face.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 9:57 AM

Oh my goodness Linda, I was smiling through your note, but that last line, I busted out laughing at my desk. Oh my, wait till Mikey reads that! Too good and you are too funny … you should start a blog.

Kathy Grover - April 22, 2011 - 2:29 PM

Holy Cow! Holy Chicks! Anna Geddes has got nothing on you.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 2:35 PM

Kathy, you always crack me up. Thank you.

Mary Kuehn - April 22, 2011 - 9:02 PM

I will not show those pictures to Mark for he would look like Mike and I would be feeding chicks. My fav was Sydney in a line with the chicks. “The 4 Chicks” Try it again when they are 4 or 5 it might go better. Turned out great! See you soon.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:20 PM

What’s Mark’s e-mail address again?

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:24 PM

Sheila, I could appreciate you being the mother of twins and what you do on a daily basis after this photo shoot … and we had two mothers, a great-grandma and me! Thank you for commenting Sheila … have a great Easter!

Your Man - April 23, 2011 - 6:12 AM

I would really like to know what chickey love is or looks like.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 7:26 AM

You know when you look at me? That’s chicky love. Lovie you too.

Spring in Hells Canyon

We were out-of-town for our first camping trip of the year this past weekend … the first of many to come (and in the words of our good friend, Kathy … woohoo, woo hoo hoo!) We camped with three other couples and while at times it was cold, or windy, or rainy, there were other […]

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Your Man - April 18, 2011 - 5:46 PM

What a great time with great friends. Love you all more than you know. Can’t wait till Carmela. Again what great pics. I mean it!

Diane - April 18, 2011 - 7:01 PM

It was a blast. Great pictures.

Megan - April 18, 2011 - 7:45 PM

All I have to say is you’re going to have a HELL of a time figuring out which picture(s) to post in the Western Idaho Fair this year…and I’m going to have a HELL of a time voting!!!

Kathy Grover - April 18, 2011 - 7:58 PM

Looking at these pictures is a bittersweet experience; emotionally difficult because we can’t be a part of this experience, but sweet for so many obvious reasons. I was shocked when I looked at all the pictures because I imagined that Hell’s Canyon was just rocks. I’m an Idaho native and yet never been to Hell’s Canyon, maybe the only place in Idaho I haven’t been. There is vegetation there! I had no idea. I thought you guys would be roughing it and literally parking on rocks, but look at that cushy RV park. How spoiled you are! It sure looks like the perfect time of year to be there. Thank you for sharing, it’s the next best thing to being there.

Linda - April 18, 2011 - 8:12 PM

It was a wonderful time with wonderful friends. The pictures are marvelous, of course. You really know how to capture the beauty of things we walk by without paying attention. I think I’m going to learn to stop and smell, or rather, “see” the roses way more often. By the way, Guy says those power poles look like money to him!! He thinks they are BEA-U-TI-FUL.

Linda - April 18, 2011 - 8:16 PM

So, Mary, where are the pictures of you and Mike? You should have one. I know that you were behind the lens usually, but there was at least one as I recall.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 18, 2011 - 9:10 PM

Awww, thanks Babe.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 18, 2011 - 9:16 PM

Kathy, there was so much new to me as well as this was only our second time there, and to the rest of you and your comments, thank you for encouraging me. I learned some new things about my camera this weekend and I loved that. There is always new things to learn. As for the pics of me and Mike, yes I had Kathy take one of us by the tree as well but it looked out of place with all you couples in your cute hats and sunglasses. I’m going shopping!

You Watching Me Watching You

I don’t consider myself a wildlife photographer by any means. My longest lens is only 135mm for goodness sakes, but anyone that lives in Idaho knows that deer are a common sighting, often in people’s own backyard. Those people would consider them a pest since they eat everything in sight and pokes holes in new […]

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Megan - February 17, 2011 - 1:30 AM

Wow. How amazing to have him watching you watch him. I agree, looks like a boy. Beautiful!!!

botut - February 17, 2011 - 7:08 AM

We have a ton of deer roaming through our yard. It seems they love what I try to grow in my garden. Somehow your pictures inspire me to permit them to devour my hard work. Too cute.

amandapfeifer - February 24, 2011 - 8:50 AM

gorgeous landscapes!