Signs of Spring

In this area, near the Suislaw National Forest on the Oregon coast, there are many indicators when spring starts to arrive. Trees and plants start to bud, the rain storms get more incidental and energetic, and 2 notable plants show themselves. In the forest, the small white trillium bloom. These small 3 petaled flowers only show for a short time, and are not plentiful. You have to look for them. In the wetlands on the other hand, it’s skunk cabbage, and it is way too plentiful to miss. If you live near a marshy area you may see, and smell, thousands of them.

So far, this year, I have seen exactly one trillium flower, not quite open. As for skunk cabbage, well there are thousands and more popping out of the gooey black dirt along marsh edges.

These 2 harbingers of spring, so different, yet both start to show up at about the same time and are a more certain indicator of spring time than some rodent back east.

1st Trillium of spring
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

Old Highway 30 – Nebraska

On a recent trip I was able to take a few extra hours and travel part of the historic Highway 30 that more or less parallels interstate 80 through Nebraska. It rolls through several small towns and has a kind of roadside history which I find fascinating .


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There was no motel, just some kind of truck garage and a large irrigation type pond. I could not even tell where the motel had stood.


This apparently long closed store is in Broadwater, Nebraska. Someone has taken care to restore the old Coca Cola sigh on it’s outer wall.


Also in Broadwater, the Lazy U Motel. Very cool looking place. Hard to tell how long it had been closed, but apparently quite awhile.


Another old business. Sadly, there are many of these along the route. With some you can tell what they were. Others, like this one, are more of a mystery.

The photographs are all film. The camera used is small medium format rangefinder made by Fuji.
These and other images, will be placed in my Nebraska Gallery on fine art america.
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Old mill site in Clatskanie Oregon

I had a great visit to the Clatskanie museum. Upon asking about local historic places, I was told about an old mill site east of town that still had the burner standing. Once common in the northwest, there are not many of these left.

While shooting, the towns Mayor came by and gave me a rundown on the history. The original mill had burned, and later the landowner had donated the land to the city. It’s a beautiful wetland area with sloughs that were dug for log rafts.

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