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Sunshine gardening

<img src="" This sunflower isn't as tall as I had hoped, but its flower is looking good. I needed a shot to illustrate a gardening story about the heat. The droplets from a low volume sprinkler are seen both streaking across the frame, and as individual droplets stopped in motion ...

By Mark Gibson

July 20, 2015 3:37 p.m. read more..

On bikes, boys and cameras

My first camera was a simple, manual camera with a normal view, 55mm lens. It was cheap. I used it to photograph anything and everything. For a time I stuck with black and white film, and felt myself an artist. This bicycle is a good example of my work from ...

By Mark Gibson

May 24, 2014 10:01 p.m. read more..

Corporate Ladders

By the time I finished playing with this photograph, it bore such little resemblance to reality I decided to name it "Corporate Ladders" after that mythical instrument by which one is said to, by virtue of great effort and talent, improve one's career. Photo copyright Mark B. Gibson

By Mark Gibson

May 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. read more..

On cows, boys and cameras

I've been working recently on "A Rancher's Life," an ongoing series in the Chronicle, and as I listened to the bellowing cattle at a Maupin area ranch I was reminded of the very first roll of film I ever shot and developed. It was eighth grade, I was taking an ...

By Mark Gibson

February 23, 2014 8:49 a.m. read more..

Gone mobile...

I remember a newspaper cartoon I saw years ago, showing a "war correspondent" type photojournalist, rough and careworn, wearing a photo vest and holding out a tiny, goofy-looking cell phone. It was funny, the idea that someone with a cell phone could capture hard breaking news. I had it on ...

By Mark Gibson

January 4, 2014 10:59 p.m. read more..

Happy hungry holidays!

It's late November, and as food banks struggle to fill the gap created by a $5 billion monthly reduction in food stamps across the nation, the financial sector continues to swell and pulse under the stimulating hand of an $85 billion monthly handout, with stock markets reaching record highs and ...

By Mark Gibson

November 22, 2013 9:03 a.m. read more..

Fall colors

Leaves of a big leaf maple are brilliantly yellow along Mill Creek Road south of The Dalles, pictured here against the trunk of a ponderosa pine. Copyright Mark B. Gibson Big leaf maples are one of my favorite trees, with their, huge swooping buds in early spring, leafy umbrellas in ...

By Mark Gibson

October 24, 2013 7:38 a.m. read more..

A new "War on Poverty"

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill cutting billions of dollars in federal food assistance to the poor. As it is seems unlikely to become law, the cut is apparently meant as a policy statement: The Republican Party declares a new "War on Poverty." Specifically targeted ...

By Mark Gibson

September 21, 2013 6:03 a.m. read more..

Larger than life

A pair of mating crane flies hangs from a leaf above Mill Creek just south of The Dalles Insects are wonderful fun to photograph, and a summer creek is a great place to find them. I was standing on the bank when these two crane flies flew by, landing on ...

By Mark Gibson

June 9, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

Slide through the movie doldrums

Looking for something to slide through the movie doldrums? Try some “Butter” Last time I wrote here, I despaired the movie doldrums that had me wandering into an ill-advised showing of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Well, I learned my lesson and decided my next movie outing would be in the comfort ...

By Kathy Ursprung

April 12, 2013 8:02 a.m. read more..

Are you becoming a turtle?

I feel as if, day by day, inch by inch, I am turning into one of the turtle people. You know us. Our natural habitat is the landscape of six-by-six cubicles in any given office building. We sit, round-shouldered in our little enclosures, hour after hour, our necks slowly recessing ...

By Kathy Ursprung

April 12, 2013 7:11 a.m. read more..

Don't let stress derail your diet

If we've been anywhere near a television, newspaper, radio or town crier in the past decade, most of us know at least a little bit about stress. It's that modern-day plague that can play a contributing role in everything from deadly heart disease, to insomnia, headaches, low sex drive, irritable ...

By Kathy Ursprung

April 6, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..

Rock and Bruce can't save the Joes

I was frankly surprised to hear that “GI Joe Retaliation” was tops at the box office last week, but I guess I shouldn't be. We are in the terrible doldrums of post-Oscars, pre-summer blockbuster season. Finding a really good movie is a quest akin to Diogenes looking for an honest ...

By Kathy Ursprung

April 6, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..


Black and white and red all over My first dozen or so years working in newspaper were spent capturing black and white images; color was a rare thing, not often printed on the web press. That changed within a year of my coming to The Dalles Chronicle in 1997, as digital technology reduced the cost of ...

By Mark Gibson

March 29, 2013 9:28 p.m. read more..


Spring parking attendant Spring has been showing itself for some time now: pussy willows are flowering on Dalles Mountain Road and along area creeks, tree buds are swelling and robins are back in town. Even a few hummingbirds have been spotted. Yet the most concrete evidence of warming temperatures is the reappearance ...

By Mark Gibson

March 13, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..

Return to Emerald City

When I was a young child of 5 or 6 one of the great annual television events of my life -- and those of many other children my age -- was the return of "The Wizard of Oz." It was an event with a capital "E." and why not? After ...

By Kathy Ursprung

March 10, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..


"Don't shoot, don't shoot!" I took this photo while shooting a police training exercise, one designed to teach officers how to quickly take out an "active shooter." It was in an old school building and involved a lot of noise and gunfire, with participants shooting each other with small caliber rounds of paint. ...

By Mark Gibson

February 21, 2013 10:13 a.m. read more..


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