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.