Friday, June 4, 2010

Springtime at Schreiner Iris Garden--Final Project

Springtime at Schreiner Iris Garden

More than 60 years ago, F. X. Schreiner moved his family and his beloved iris collection from the harsh Minnesota climate to the more temperate Willamette Valley in Oregon.  He chose the Quinaby district, just north of Salem.  Today, his grandchildren, Steven and Ray, and their children maintain a 10-acre garden filled with over 200 named iris.  On an additional 200 acres, they operate an internationally recognized hybridizing program that produces flowers that win domestic and international medals.

Throughout the year, iris collections or other seasonal flowers and birds and insects can be enjoyed.  Photographers, artists, painters, the young and young at heart are welcomed to picnic, view the gardens or purchase flowers from dawn to dusk each day of the season.

Plein air painter, Brooks Hickerson, captures the beauty of the Schreiner Iris Garden.

Even young children like this toddler, Jake Smith,  are captivated by the beauty of a bearded iris taller than himself throughout Schreiner Iris Garden.

Hybridizer and co-owner Steve Schreiner spends many hours each day carefully checking the test garden. He evaluates the progress of the plants at Schreiner Iris Garden that were hybridized two years earlier. Although hybridization is done in the wild by bees, blossom formation requires very aggressive or large bees, like the bumblebee to be successful.

Honey bees easily pollinate open flowers like the beautiful oriental poppies at Schreiner Iris Garden.  Consistent, successful hybridization of the iris, however, requires human intervention.

Anita and Vidya Rao stroll one of the many paths that invite visitors to wander through Schreiner Iris Garden.  Each bed overflows with varieties of flowers including  lilies, colorful poppies, columbine and pansies interspersing the Schreiner award-winning iris.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Neighborhood--resubmit

      All action starts on Main Street.  That is the heart of my town.  The main grocery store, the barber shop, a hotel, the library, city hall, fire and utility departments, and the community center, all line Main Street.  The Mint Festival, Flower Festival and all other events begin on Main Street.  Jefferson  became my hometown the day I saw that street.  I missed the Mayberry-RFD-type life I enjoyed as a child and I found it in Jefferson.


There are several "landmarks" in Jefferson, but I have two favorites.  One is The building bearing the name "Center of Main Street."        Aother landmark is a colorful bicycle owned and ridden by Glenn Marlatt, a resident of nearby Talbot.  On most weekdays, Glenn can be seen riding his bicycle throughout town, stopping to visit with everyone who will stop to chat along his way.

The community center is the hub of the community.  Activities for citizens of all ages are planned and enjoyed at the center.  Monday is weekly pinochle day.  Jim and Marlene Anderson, who have lived in Jefferson for more than 50 years, enjoy the weekly gathering with friends, as well as the good-natured rivalry as they play on opposing teams.

The library and Conser House are another sign of life in Jefferson.  Librarian Valerie Hauser has only been on the job for a year, but she is excited about the prospect the new facility that is currently being funded.

Jackie Schumacher, a Stayton resident, has been the assistant librarian for two years.  She says she chose the job because she just likes books and people.

News Story-- for Friday 5/28

When a little sun popped through a rainy week, Jordan Tunstill and Elise Hermes took a break from studying to enjoy it.  For Jordan it is a  sanity break.  He says, "If I study all the time, I will lose my mind!"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PROJECT CHANGE!! Final project proposal

Since I have fallen in love with the place, and taken a lot of pictures of it in the last three weeks, I would like to take pictures of Memorial Day festivities on the 31st.  I will visit on Friday and Sunday to do some preshooting of the iris fields, the business aspect of the garden and then take pictures the memorial on Monday.
Photos would include a picture of the iris fields, one of the garden, the Jazz Band that will be playing in the afternoon, an artist capturing the beauty of the poppies, a picture of any obvious veterans, and people enjoying the flowers. 

Schreiner's Iris Gardens Memorial Day

date:Monday, May 31, 2010 time:11:30 AM to 4:00 PM venue:Schreiners Iris Gardens address:3625 Quinaby Road North East  Salem, OR 97303  View map Annual Chicken Dinner

Plan to join us for our Schreiner's Iris Gardens Memorial Day Chicken BBQ featuring the culinary delights of the Gervais Knights of Columbus, and offering the lively music of the Capital City Jazz Band from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event takes place every Memorial Day and is filled with fun for the whole family.
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If that fails, I will submit the project already done of Jefferson Nursery.  

Friday, May 14, 2010

"Mr. Jefferson" (news item)

Glenn Marlatt is Jefferson's representative.  Although he lives between eight and 10 miles away in Talbot, he is seen most days riding through town, even in the rain.  He stops at the community center, Papa's, Derek's Barber Shop, the library, fire station and by each school as part of his routine.  Long-time residents know him, look for him and seem to know exactly where to find him when he isn't with them.

I caught up with him at Derek's and the community center this week.  His warm smile greeted me and when he was all "spiffed up," he was ready for pictures.

If you visit Jefferson, watch for him.  He pops out of a side street and surprises you when you least expect it.

Talbot resident, Glenn Marlatt, prepares for his daily bicycling junket around Jefferson keeping an eye on the town and visiting everyone he can along the way.  He is "Mr. Jefferson"--a town "landmark."

                Glenn's transportation is loaded, parked at the curb, and ready to go riding down Main Street.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sports/Action Photo ready for grading


Darryl Thomas and Kailee McMurran perform in "One Village, Many Tribes,"the concluding dance in the show. Thomas and his wife, Valerie Bergman, internationally renowned choreographers, along with their eight-member ensemble "Rainbow Dance Theater" captivated the audience in an afternoon performance of "The Roots of Hip Hop" at Russell Trip Theater on May 11. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Faces of San Francisco

If you're going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there.....

I went there with no flowers but I met some gentle people there.

Lonely voices crying in the city
Lonely voices sounding like a child
Lonely faces looking for the sunrise
Too disturbed to stop and rest a while.

I saw the lonely faces and the voices of the children.  In the streets of San Francisco.  Two songs, different messages and me.   I left San Francisco saddened by the lives that wander those streets looking for a sunrise that may never come.

A man and child sit and watch life on the streets of San Francisco...

Attorney Joan Kubota enjoys a good book and a good cigar in Golden Gate Park.  She says she learned to smoke cigars in the Philippines but learned to enjoy "big fat" cigars when in Cuba where "women really enjoy rolling them." 

Eugene Curley plays his guitar in Golden Gate Park


And there is love..... and religion on the street in San Francisco...

Women, the disabled and children ----sit or sleep or peddle their wares...on the streets and in the parks of San Francisco.

....and there is love...

but I was left with the haunting question, will the next generation also become a voice from another face--wandering the streets of the city?