February 21st, 2015

This Weeks Pics: Branch & Blooms in Laurelhurst Park

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Spring!!! It’s Happening!
Blossoms, buds, green tips, mossy everything, wet earth, longer days, warmer sun. Rebirth. A fresh start, a new beginning.
Anyway I look at it, I can’t get over how lovely this time of year is.
These pics are from Laurelhurst Park, just a few blocks from our house and a place of significant botanical interest. In the olden days, Laurelhurst park was the backyard to a mansion, now its all of ours’ backyard.
daphne bloom

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November 21st, 2014

Pacific Coasting: Sunsets and Elk in Manzanita, OR

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I have had the pleasure of experiencing a beautiful area of the Oregon coast thanks to my neighbor-turned-friend Jennifer. Her family lives in the quaint little town of Manzanita, and she got married on the beach in September. I joined Jen there again for a weekend of cooking, chatting, napping and a long sun and hail-filled walk in October. It was true rejuvenation!
The night before the wedding, the sunset was vibrant orange and yellow. To make the weekend even more memorable, the day of the wedding was incredibly warm and sunny. If any of you have been to the Oregon coast, you know that “warm and sunny” are not typically used in the same breath as “the coast”. It is usually grey, rainy and chilly, no matter the time of year. It was the warmest I’ve ever seen the coast by far.

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August 11th, 2014

Twisted at the Lava Cast Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument

 

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Have I ever mentioned that I love Oregon? The terrain here is so varied and vast, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this state has to offer.

Last month, a friend and I went camping south of Bend at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We camped at the Paulina Lake campground and despite the surprising amount of mosquitoes (I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes since leaving Minnesota) and some chillier than anticipated days and nights (I made the assumption that it would be as hot and dry as camping glamping north of Bend at Kah-Nee-Ta), it was an amazing time.

On the way home we stopped at the incredibly impressive, lunar-like Lava Cast Forest. Lava flow encased the bottoms of large Ponderosa pines and left ruins of tree-shaped casts in the charcoal-grey landscape. Dead Ponderosa’s showed their twisted wood and were decorated with an almost phosphorescent chartreuse green lichen. Even though the land was still covered with encased with lava, shrub-steppe plants like Indian Paintbrush, currents and sagebrush popped out of the earth.

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