Don and I spent some time in Oregon in June. Neither of us had been there before. Here are some quick take aways:
- it has an incredibly diverse landscape;
- it seems like everyone has a dog and takes the dog(s) with them everywhere they go;
- Road signs say “Speed 60” instead of “Speed Limit 60.” Why no limits in Oregon?
- They don’t let you pump your own gas and gas stations often close at dusk;
- Seafood, beer, wine, fish hatcheries, logging, and Les Schwab Tire Dealerships seem to dominate the landscape (btw Les Schwab did a great job patching two flat tires for us);
- Oregon appeals to a lot of outdoor enthusiasts and photographers (ask Don about breakfast with the professional windsurfers sometime); and, be sure to remember this last one …
- the Oregonians we met and spent time with clearly love Oregon and appreciate what they’ve got.
So what photograph(s) do I share?
Well, at this point, only two.
So because Oregon is such a dog loving state, we’ll start with “Fetch.”
“Fetch” was taken in Joseph, Oregon, in the heart of what is called Oregon’s “Little Switzerland.” The mountains in Joseph look a lot like the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. I was sitting on a boat dock when a woman nearby started throwing a ball in the lake for her yellow Lab to retrieve. I went over and started talking with her and then made friends with Kona. Good times.
This second image was taken on the Oregon coast, I think near Newport.
I like the whimsical nature of this image. Often I look up at the clouds and think about the shapes they make. The boulders in the background of this image also invite you to imagine. Is that a dragon back there? Or maybe a clone of the Loch Ness monster?
It’s never been a goal of mine to visit all 50 states but when I took a silly Facebook quiz many years ago I realized I had then been to 40+ states and so started considering it. This trip made Oregon my 48th state to visit. What’s left? North Dakota and Hawaii. Will I visit those states? I don’t know.
Sure, I like to travel, but in recent years I’ve come to realize that while it’s fun to visit new places, lasting contentment does not come from travel; it comes from appreciating wherever you presently are.
A couple nights after coming home from Oregon I did a photography session with newborn twins. As I looked around at the location the parents had chosen, it occurred to me, particularly in that golden hour of light, that the setting was as beautiful as any I had encountered in Oregon, and I was so lucky to be there, in that place, with that family, in that moment.
That state of contentment where you appreciate where you currently are – it’s the only state you really must visit.
Thanks for following my blog and joining me as I remember our time in Oregon and think like an Oregonian.
4 Replies to “in an Oregon state of mind”
Looks like “Nessie” to me. Beautiful images and beautifully said. Thanks!
Thank YOU! It’s good to hear from you. I was just telling Don about you yesterday. 🙂
Reading your post was the perfect accompaniment to my morning coffee, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! You not only see the world with a photographers eye, you seem to apply that sensitivity to things that are not seen, but sensed.
I think I could look at that second photo all day and still marvel at it.
Thank you Julie! Talking with you the other day as we walked our dogs just made my day! 😉