Tuesday, May 29, 2018

the life & love of trees

this large tome of a coffee table book contains beautiful photos of trees around the world.  lewis blackwell's photography and writing really gives one pause to appreciate these unique vertical giants (and not-so-giants) among us.

it makes me glad i planted a tree over 10 years ago on the property my family owns in southern oregon.  a cedar sprig i received at the portland marathon finish line transported via bucket came to its new home, my grandpa tapping the dry ground with his cane.  he really did know the best place to plant it, in ground supported by early march springs.

thanks to the thoughtful watering done by my uncle in the dry summer months, not only did the cedar survive (the willow shoots were not as fortunate, although the deer enjoyed them) but is thriving and well on its way to being a legacy, like my grandma in whose honor it was planted.

this winter, when i was missing greenery, i wrote my life story from the perspective of trees, which was quite an intriguing experience since they are rooted and we come and go around them.  the writing exercise really caused me to appreciate them and our part in their story, since most of them will outlive us.

what's your favorite type of tree memory and why?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

spring and exponential growth

just 9 days old
same bird 5.22.18

baby bird 5.20.18

Monday, May 21, 2018

the color of love

middle school mixed media

paint chips by sherwin-williams, newberg

painting by 6th grader

entrance and photo gallery

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ocean in the fire

beautiful display by a beautiful artist!  ceramics by monika vitek at behind the museum cafe (1229 SW 10th, portland OR) may-june 2018. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

what we see in our stars

i can see the stars very well where i live, on account of being away from a lot of the city lights.  this book was a fun read to educate myself further on constellations and all manner of celestial happenings going on all the time around and above us.

*i even think the author's last name sounds perfect for the book she's written, as in maybe she should have a galaxy named after her!