Columbia Gorge Fire

if you’ve been following the Oregon Meander posts, you’ll know that I was just in the gorge about 6 weeks ago. 

the devastation of this sacred, beautiful place is unimaginable and I feel so very fortunate to have seen it prior to this tragedy.

I can only hope and pray that the brave firefighters on duty in Oregon get the blaze under control before further damage is done.









chasing waterfalls; An Oregon Meander Special 

the following photos were taken in the state of Oregon in the month of July. they are in no particular order.

LaTourelle Falls

horsetail falls

random glacier melt off the side of Mt Hood

glorious pool in a rain forest-y river

Dripping water from out of the Rock, scenic bypass Rt 30

Bridal Veil Falls, OR

Paulina Falls, Newberry National Monument

More rain forest goodness

Benham Falls on the Deschutes in Bend, OR

an evening wedding in Portlandia 

my dear cousin-in-law wed his lovely lady in Portland, so we made the drive up to witness this lovely occasion. 

I took photos…

mt shasta as seen on the drive up.

MB opted for a wedding necklace rather than a wedding band.

the blushing bride…

happy couple

majestic mt hood bearing witness

they did it! they got hitched!!

we’re all so happy for you!!

mazal tov!

Ageing

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

― Margery Williams BiancoThe Velveteen Rabbit

Real isn't how you are made

The Skin Horse