The Dungeness Crab Graves of Florence

I stopped in Florence, OR for several hours before deciding to work inland. The sand on the beach of the north jetty was ever bit as soft and inviting as that of Southern California beaches. But it was untouched! Bill and I shared a three mile stretch of beach with a women’s book club and that was it!

ON a completely empty beach there was more to look at than you would regularly imagine. And the piece that stood out to me most were the thousands of Dungeness Crab skeletons that found themselves dried up on the beach. It was unlike any other beach I had ever walked before.

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Up the Coast

At the end of September I took a jaunt across California and up the Oregon Coast. I originally set out thinking I would take tons of photos but ended up only capturing a few. As it turned out, I spent most of my time taking in the phenomenal ocean views instead of staring at the settings on my camera. It was a refreshing trip, lasting me three days and 1,400 miles.

In this digital age I find my self constantly relying on the faithful old iPhone to get me places. But on this trip I decided to buy a book to help me find worthwhile camp sites. I bought a book from Moon which I would highly recommend to anybody looking to camp in Oregon anytime soon.

I also shot film for the first time and I’m looking forward to developing and sharing some of that as well. For now, here’s a few of what I’ve got.

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Midtown Art Walk Vendor Movies

I haven’t blogged in forever! But I had the chance to make four short videos for this year Midtown Art Walk and I wanted to share them all in the same place.

The idea behind the videos was to introduce people who may to doing the walk to vendors/merchants they had never met before. It was great hearing all the different stories coming out of midtown and it was really a privilege getting to meet everyone. If you haven’t checked out any of these businesses you need to!

Sorry for the audio quality. I will not be using this mic again!

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Mother’s Day

I am a big fan of this day because I am a big fan of my mom. I wanted to share a few words about who my mom is to me and why I am thankful for her.

My mom has always treated me like a treasure even when I have deserved to be treated like a criminal. She loved me when I threw applesauce on the ceiling. She loved me when I stole that Kit-Kat bar from the grocery store. She loved me when I drove her car off a cliff. She even loved me when I told her to “shut-up” …won’t do that again. She has always loved her children unconditionally and that I am thankful for.

I have a sister. She’s very competitive. My mom never loved her more than me or me more than her. She loves us both with the same heart and that I am thankful for.

She taught me how to swim. Not just in the pool but also with all the other fish that don’t always seem to like me. Because of my mom I know how to keep kicking and keep gasping for air even when life’s waves come rolling in.

(This might be where it all started… And yes, I still swim with my shirt on.)

My mom spoiled me (big time) BUT she taught me how to be thankful. She showed me that being thankful does not mean just saying, “thank you,” but instead being thankful is showing the genuineness of my heart. She showed me how to be thankful because she is thankful everyday and that I am thankful for.

I would have loved to show everyone a picture of my awesome mother but I know that she would freak-out over having her photo on the internet. So mom, I spared you that anxiety. Happy Mother’s Day.