Back Cover Photo Contest Winner
This photo was selected for publication on the back cover of the 2015-2016 print version of the Oregon Blue Book.
About the winner
“Poplar Tree Farm,” taken by Kenneth E. Thompson
I shot this photo at GreenWood Resources’ Boardman Tree Farm in Morrow County on December 17, 2013, using a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and a tripod.
I have been using a camera since my youth, but I took up photography as a hobby in 2009. I wanted to begin composing more artistic photographs, and I have been expertly guided by my wife Paula’s artistic training and sharp artist’s eye.
I was born in 1947, while my parents were attending Oregon State College in Corvallis. I grew up in Moro, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University in 1969. I went into the U.S. Navy, Naval Aviation, remaining an active member of the Navy Reserve, and retiring at the rank of captain in 2000. Paula and I raised our four children, Heather, Walker, Colin, and Hilary, on a wheat farm near Helix, Oregon, before moving to Tigard in 2009, where I took on a new career as a computer technician and administrator of online eLearning software at Linfield College’s School of Nursing in Portland.