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.
The Newport Visual Art Center hosts a fun event every year. It’s the Pushpin Show. Anyone in the community can bring their art, whatever it may be, and place it in the show. The basic requirement for flat art is that you can attach it to the wall with 4, or less pushpins. Always a wonderful variety of work and this year is no exception. Here’s my entry.
This is certainly one of the most photographed views on the Oregon Coast. I’d say dozens if not hundreds of people on some days will take this picture. Here’s one of my own, taken on medium format film. That at least is probably less common.
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 .
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.