Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival

14 09 2008

I joined a local Rotary Club a couple of years ago.  Rotary is an international service organization of folks working to help others around the world and locally.  One of Rotary’s greatest contributions has been leading the near eradication of polio.  With only a handful of polio cases in the world, Rotary International is starting to focus its resources on providing fresh, clean water to those communities and peoples who live miles from any source.

Locally, the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club of Lacey, Washington — the club I belong to — has focused its local service on providing assistance to the many needing military families.  Since it’s start in 2002, the Military Family Support March has raised and distributed over $200,000 to on-base organizations and families.  It has been this work that interested me in getting involved in Operation: Love Reunited, a nationwide group of professional photographers donating time and photographs to deploying or deployed military service personnel and their families.

OK… well… this year, Hawks Prairie Rotary lead by Greg Stevens, organized and held the first annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival.  It was a two day celebration of the editable fungus, held in Lacey and in conjunction with Ostrom’s Mushrooms.  Over the two days of the festival, I captured the fun in several hundred images. I wanted to provide the HPR something more than just a gallery of photos of the weekend and put some of those photos into a slideshow along with a song written and recorded for the festival by Greg Stevens.  

I’ve posted the result below.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did putting it together!

— Jeff

Time Marches On…

14 09 2008

Time is flying by!

The summer has come and gone.  I have received many comments on the photo of the my in-laws in the post “When Old Meets New“.  I am sorry to say that we lost Leroy August 7.  He was 89.  He grew up in Oklahoma, rough-necked in the oil fields, jumped trains to California, rubbed shoulders with the whiskey runners and outlaws of the time.  He married Ann 67 years ago and moved to California where he found work at Goodyear building truck tires until his retirement in 1976.  He and Ann adopted Sherry in 1955 and raised her in Southern California.  After she graduated and his retirement, Ann and he moved back to Oklahoma, in 1984.

Ann and Leroy moved to Olympia this past year.  It was during this time I took that photo.  I will never forget him saying, as if to himself, “I never thought I would see such a thing…”  Thank God I caught that magical moment.

He was a fighter until the end and we all miss him.


— Jeff



Elmer Leroy Jennings, 1919-2008