Stories and Learning

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

Marc Riboud

Hi, I’m Melinda. Professional Photographer LLC and member of ORPPA. I am a full-time mother of 3 grown and half grown children, and photographer since 2016. I spend most of my time with my kids and their schooling, taking care of our many pets (3 dogs, 2 cats, and a bird), adventuring Oregon and Washington, and of course practicing my art. I am located in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Summer’s Last Adventure (2023)

I took my daughter and one of our dogs camping for one night at Fort Stevens State Park for one last summer adventure and although short, it was remarkably reviving. I rarely regret these adventures. Memories–hearing the rain on the tent when we first arrived, my daughter diverting rainwater stream and shaping it into a…

Perseids Meteor Shower, MilkyWay, and Stonehenge Memorial

My summer solo trip overnight was Stonehenge Memorial this year. Columbia Gorge Washington side. As much as I love and often long to do night photography it also intimidates me; fortunately for this trip, I found some other very nice stargazers to hang out with. I was not disapointed at all. It was challenging finding…

Ancient Forest and Spirits

A couple of weeks ago, I went for a hike in the early morning. I was almost completely alone the whole time. It was beautiful at times and at other times it felt spooky like there were ghosts or spirits there. You Tube Video of Bridge

Searching for Owls and Joy

I love owls. So much. In the Spring, there are flowers to photograph, in the Summer bodies of water and adventures, in the Fall, there are the changing leaves, Christmas time-lights and maybe snow, after that there is a period of brown and that is when I want to capture birds. Right now there are…


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