When you get film developed that is years old... by Kiley Melicker

I found this portrait of my dear friend Eric basking in the sun wearing his most Eric of Eric sweaters. I love it. I think this is from 2013 - the film was definitely expired by the time I got it developed a couple weeks ago.

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I found the most wonderful camera and film development store in Portland called Blue Moon Camera in the St Johns neighborhood. It takes me an hour to get there by bus, but it is worth it. I brought in 5 rolls of film that were untouched from 2013ish (some earlier) and expired. Sadly, many images did not come out in development. The owner of the store helped me out with my 35mm Nikkormat camera which has been acting up. He sent me home with some film and testing to do to pinpoint some issues. I was ready right then and there to just drop of my camera for a full spa day, but taking the time to test the camera will save $$$.

I'm slowly working my way back into film after a 5 year hiatus and it feels right. The hard part at this point is getting all my equipment back into working order - dead batteries and light meters, dusty cameras (dusty brain), mystery film and expired film. I do miss it though, which I take as a sign to return.

Painted Hills, Oregon by Kiley Melicker

I've been wanting to go to the Painted Hills since I first moved to Oregon. July was a hot time to go, but it was worth the sweat and the dust. I saw many monumental rock formations while exploring the John Day Fossil Beds, but the Painted Hills were by far the most beautiful and bizarre. I might have gone to a different planet and not a national park - I'm still trying to understand what I saw.

The John Day Fossil Beds cover a large area of central Oregon. Brandon and I drove miles between units to see formations that varied by color depending on age. It was fascinating but difficult to visualize how much of Oregon that is now a high desert used to be a dense rain forest.

If you're in Oregon and haven't gone, I highly recommend it. We camped near the small town of Dayville in the middle of nowhere with hardly anyone around. That alone was worth the trip. The clear air, the stars, the bats, the views, and the sunsets filled me with peace.

More pictures to see here.

 The Painted Hills

The Painted Hills

Ireland by Kiley Melicker

There are so many people to thank for this trip, all of you loved ones. Ireland was Brandon's and my honeymoon choice and we saved up for this trip for over a year with the help of friends and family on our wedding day. Planning for such a long time made the trip seem unreal until I stepped off the plane.

We started in Dublin, took a train to Waterford, bused to Cahir and Cashell, bused to Cork and Killarney, bused to Limerick, Galway, then Clifden, and took a train back to Dublin. Our travel took a two week, clockwise circle around the island.

Some highlights from the trip:

Dublin: Guinness Storehouse Tour, The Book of Kells and the Long Library at Trinity College, All the Guinness, The Dublin Writers Museum, walking for miles around the city

Cashell: Rock of Cashell, Hore Abbey, traditional Irish music, beers in a 400 year old bar, B&B best location and window view of the Abbey, delicious fish chowder

Killarney: Glamping, drinking whiskey by the campfire, traditional music in old bars, touching wool, taking a rowboat out on Lough Leane lake, cooking

Galway: wandering the streets, getting lost in old bars and buildings, traditional music, buskers, bridges and rivers, walking into a wedding party at the hotel

Clifden: views of Connemara national park, lakes, bays, rivers, and mist, the absolute best dinner of the trip, local whiskey, walking Sky Road to the beach

It was a journey that involved a lot of Gunniess, chit chat with locals and tourists, some alternative planning when I fell and busted both of my knees in Killarney, many museums, a lot of fish, much walking, working together to plan and navigate places we have never seen before, and an incredible amount of gratefulness. Thank you <3

If you'd like to see more photos from the trip, you can find them here.