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 tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!"

~Dorothea Lange

Monday, July 10, 2006

Last summer, I tried really hard to add a post to the blog about once a week. It worked for a while. But I soon found myself mired down by a backlog of looming deadlines, necessary web site updates and new clients. One thing led to another, and the next thing I knew it was the end of the year, with no respite in sight.

I did manage to fit in a Photography Seminar in March. A one day event up in Portland. More on that later.

A few days after the seminar, my annual check-up with the eye doctor revealed an urgent need for surgery. Turns out I had a very aggressive form of cataracts. With surgery scheduled only three weeks later, (both eyes, two weeks apart,) my focus (no pun intended) turned to wrangling up the money to pay for it all. Thank God for home equity!

The two weeks between surgeries were incredibly long and frustrating. There’s a story in it but, for now, let it suffice that I got virtually no work done during that time. That put me right back in catch-up mode. Not particularly good timing, as Llama and I were scheduled to take our first vacation in nearly six years, (if you count our honeymoon as a vacation.)

As it turned out, of the 10 days we had “scheduled”, we spent two nights on the coast and made an overnight trip to Prineville (combining familial obligations with photographic opportunities–we spent the night at Llama’s mom’s and took photos along the way, both there and back, with a three hour detour to Smith Rock State Park on the way home!)

With a couple hundred new photos to play with, all digital, you should see some activity on the blog as I share some of the more interesting images.

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