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" Hunter Escapes "

The running of the IndyCars at Portland over the Labor Day weekend had many memorable moments. --  

The pole sitter was a rookie, Colton Herta.  The start of the race was once again filled with very expensive carnage, but Colton avoided contact and went on to lead 37 laps before losing tire grip resulting in a 4th place finish.  Will Power pulled off a win, with another rookie, Felix Rosenqvist, taking second and Alexander Rossi holding on to third place.

Pictured here:  Ryan Hunter-Reay escapes in a cloud of tire smoke after contact with Jack Harvey.

For more images from the 2019 IndyCar racing at Portland Int'l Raceway, see the Photo Gallery pages or purchase from the galleries at KJStimson.Zenfolio.com


9/1/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

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" Sato Shines "

The IndyCar series will be back this fall in Portland, Oregon.  Last years race was a fabulous production with exciting racing.  Although Will Power qualified on pole, and points-leader Scott Dixon evaded damage in the first-lap mayhem, Takuma Sato's steady, consistent performance earned him a shining moment in the winner's circle.


8/9/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

" Poetry of Adrenaline "

Cascade Sports Car Club hosts both HPDE / School events and Racing weekends at Portland Int'l Raceway.  Here a variety of cars from stripped-down production cars of all ages, to purpose-built open-wheel racecars, to NASCAR -turned- Stock Cars provide an adrenaline fix at the scenic Oregon road course raceway.  See CascadeSportsCarClub.org


May & June, 2019  Photo of the Week are images from our native area of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of two wedding flower girls in white  dresses peering through a white barnyard fence

" The Wedding Can Wait "

Wedding season may be upon us, but these two young flower girls are far more interested in what's in the barnyard.


5/27/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

" Tribute to a Fallen Hero "

On April 14, 2019 a Washington state sheriff's deputy died in the line of duty.  He was brought down by a lawless criminal who was later brought to justice at the conclusion of a manhunt.  The following week hundreds of law enforcement officers came together for a moving memorial  convoy  from Kalama down Interstate 5 into Portland, in a public tribute to the fallen officer and a show of support for his family. 


The men and women who risk their lives to make our world a safer place; who rush to our aid in an emergency; who put themselves in danger to rescue us; they deserve our utmost respect, honor and prayers.  Our deepest condolences to the families who lose their hero.


4/22/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of a rose-like orange Ranunculus flower blossom in morning light against soft green foliage

" Ranunculus Rosette "

Recently the rose-like Ranunculus flower has become one of my favorite sights in my flower garden.  The beautiful spring and summer blossoms come in a variety of colors from this soft coral orange to brilliant purple, variegated pink, or vibrantly bright yellow.  


4/15/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of black leafless tree branches reaching across a blue and white evening sky at sunset

" Reaching "

Winter is almost over and the black branches of a lonely leafless tree are reaching across the evening sky, grasping for the setting sun.  This view was far more dramatic that night than the actual sunset.


4/8/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

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" What's Up, Deer? "

This young deer was very bold.  He taunted our dogs by spending quite a while roaming about our backyard in the middle of the afternoon when deer have usually disappeared into the forest.  He allowed me to play photo tag with him for a good fifteen minutes, posing with the beautiful sunny foliage for background.  


4/2/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

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" Abstract Ice "

One of the most intriguing and challenging aspects of photography is finding beauty in odd places.   

This photo captures morning light creating patterns of silver and blue in the ice on a car windshield.   


3/25/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of flames in form of a dragon burning fir trees in Columbia River Gorge

" Fire Dragon "

In September of 2017 a devastating fire swept through the Columbia River Gorge.  The Eagle Creek Fire threatened a number of towns, with worry of it reaching Portland.  The incredible bravery and diligence of a huge number of emergency workers kept most of the residences safe, but too many acres of the beautiful wilderness were destroyed.

It was an eerie afternoon photographing amidst a rain of burning fir cones and choking smoke, watching the flames jump from ridge to ridge all the while taunting the two insignificant firefighting helicopters.  Eighty-foot firs glowed like a Times Square Christmas tree before exploding and sending flames hundreds of feet into the air.

This image was captured from the Washington side of the Bonneville Dam, shooting across to the Oregon side of the river, as the fire burned down to the edge of the I-84 freeway.


3/18/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest. 

Photo of Mazda Mx5 racecars lined up in the morning light, waiting for the start of the race

" Mazdas in the Morning "

Portland Int'l Raceway is a popular venue for auto racing.  It is a two mile long road course that hosts events from driving schools to local club racing to professional IndyCar competition.  

Here the morning light glints off the lineup of Mazda Mx5 racecars waiting on grid for the starter to turn them loose.


3/11/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Autumn light creates a mirror in a puddle of dark stones and golden fallen maple leaves

" Fallen Leaves "

 The bright afternoon light filtering through leafless winter trees turned this driveway puddle into a beautiful leafy mirror.


 3/4/19  Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest. 

Photo of ornamental Kale showing a flowery rosette of feathery soft pink leaves

" Pink Feathers "

 Ornamental Kale is an amazingly resilient gardening plant which provides a bright splash of color throughout the gray winter months.  Although Kale has many variegated styles, this particular specimen is putting on a show purely in pink. 

More examples can be seen in the special section of the Pacific Northwest Photo Gallery.


2/25/19   Photo of the Week is an image from our native area of Battle Ground, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.