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Oregon Spring Flowers

Oregon spring flowers

Oregon spring flowers mean a lot of things for me–fruit is coming, winter is leaving, and Scotty is pausing to take it all in. He’s a really good pauser, especially this time of year, when he notices nearly invisible flowers, like the one above. He spotted that one from an impressive distance, casually saying, “here’s a cool flower.” Those thin, almost nonexistent petals deserve some attention in this space of the web. They’re not abundantly bright and bursting like a rose or a tulip, and they do sort of remind me of spider legs, but I’m in awe.

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Spring Nettles

spring nettles

Yesterday we spent an afternoon gathering spring nettles and eating a picnic where three Oregon rivers converge. We ate a simple spread of cheese, clementines, and pickled items while we watched a bald eagle visit a cluster of trees and swallows swoop over the Willamette river. Nettles beckon this time of year as we find ourselves antsy to pick any free and edible offering the forest has for us.

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Scenes From Dunn Forest: Scout Trail

Scout Trail

I’ve been giving myself a lot of pardons recently. Take a term off from pottery–check. Neglect any blogging for over a week–double check. Bake sweet things even though I pronounced that I was reducing my sugar intake–big fat check on that one as well. I don’t really have a grand reason for these pardons. I simply felt like I should ease up on myself. Sometimes the things that we do for self care can feel like work and that’s exactly what I don’t want. When I’m not doing my day job, I’d like to be having fun (and to be fair, my day job is also fun much of the time). And that’s why I’ve decided to try a different hike every weekend this spring. I’m not guaranteeing that each hike will be different or that I’ll document it or that I’ll even hike every weekend. As we know, I’m pardons aplenty these days. Anyhow, the first of hopefully many hikes to come:Β Scout trail in Dunn forest.

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September Forest Scenes + ODFW

Calloway Creek

When we’re not mulling over life’s biggest questions, like what kind of fat should be used in pastry (butter, always) or what kind of curry to make, we’re probably talking about biology.

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E.E. Wilson Apple Picking

E.E. Wilson Apple Picking

Every September, Scotty and I look forward to E.E. Wilson apple picking. For a while, Scotty would come home with an apple bounty and excitedly share about new trees he’d stumbled upon. Soon enough, I wanted in on the apple picking action and now it’s one of my favorite traditions. This Oregon wildlife area boasts apples aplenty and an interesting history.

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