I lived in Oregon for 15 years, partly in Portland and partly in Corvallis where I went to school at Oregon State University. This place has great importance to me, but it started long before I moved there in the late-’90s.
When I was 10 years old, my family visited the Oregon coast where I complained about the cold and rainy June weather. If only we had visited in July, I would have realized that the rest of Oregon summers are perfect (except perhaps for this year).
In high school, I visited a friend in Bend and fell in love with the high desert. I recently made a shadowbox of the Deschutes River Valley with the Three Sisters Mountains in the distance.
Sisters Wilderness OR: Osprey (with trout), Clark’s Nutcracker, Elk, Yellow-bellied Marmot, Bobcat, and Seep Monkeyflower.
Then, after I moved to Portland in the late ’90s, I grew to appreciate the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest. I made a shadowbox which is below:
Portland Backyard with Coyote, Varied Thrush, Northern Flicker, Bushy-tailed Woodrat, Banana Slug, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Anna’s Hummingbird.
Then, in my final years in Oregon when I was a wildlife biology student at OSU, I visited Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wetland tucked into the surrounding sea of sagebrush with the Steens Mountains as a backdrop. It was the first place I saw a nighthawk. Here’s a shadowbox I made:
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Steens Mountains, American White Pelicans, Common Nighthawk, Jackrabbit (ear tips), Bobolink, Western Grebes, and Weasel.