it was a driving shot. i was driving down the main street through town, and several blocks ahead i could see the giant american flag in the spotlight. it was flying at half staff just over a little rise in the road, so it looked like it would cover the cars going by. i was going to turn left for a shorter route, but the flag kept my steering wheel from turning. it was late at night, but there were still plenty of cars on the road. as i came closer to the flag the traffic light, next to it’s display, turned red. i grabbed for my purse and pulled out my camera. as i was hitting the power button the red light turned green, and i had to step on the gas…so i aimed the lens over my shoulder and clicked. red. white. blue. and lights. i shot the flag at night.
July 28, 2011 – Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in honor of the Honorable Betty Roberts, whose memorial service will take place in Portland on that date. “Betty Roberts’ distinguished career as an educator, politician, lawyer and judge broke down barriers,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Her work on issues of gender equity and access to justice changed the political, social, and legal landscape in Oregon. She was and will continue to be a role model, mentor, and inspiration to many.”
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article on betty roberts from the university of oregon news