The Persona Behind The Lens, With A Glimpse Into Our World.
Photographer: Anita Cross
Photographer Anita Cross & husband "Llama"
Amusing stories of travels throughout Oregon's beautiful–and sometimes not-so-accessible–scenic areas, from the perspective of a not-so-athletic photographer.
"I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph"

~Brooks Anderson

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Tall Bearded Iris with Columbine

I love living in Oregon! There are so many places to go, both near and far, that give me an excuse to shoot off a roll or two of film. While most of my excursions follow paths and trails into the more remote areas, searching for sights not easily found, occasionally I wander a more beaten path.

May is a great month for visiting public parks and private gardens. So many flowering trees and bushes are in full bloom, the vibrant colors and lush frangrances are a delight to the senses. And especially welcome after a long dreary stretch of winter weather.

One of my favorite Spring destinations is near Salem, an hour and a half’s drive up I-5, to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. Featuring over 500 varieties of Iris in two separate gardens, the Schreiner family opens up their private gardens during the bloom season for five weeks every year.

We came. We saw. They conquered! Although the primary purpose was to take pictures of these magnificent flowers, we ended up with a list of varieties we just have to have in our own garden. (That should set my purchase of a much needed zoom lens back by a month or two…)

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