More of Bandon’s Beauty

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A few more images from my last visit to Bandon:  I was quite fortunate to be blessed with dramatic skies due to rain storms coming and going.

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Finally the weather calmed down and I was able to capture this image with a longer exposure as the sun was setting:

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The Redwoods

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My brother and his wife came all the way from Sweden to celebrate Thanksgiving with us last year.  I took them to the Redwoods.  It is always such a special place … majestic, peaceful, awe-inspiring beauty.

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Merry Christmas !!

Merry Christmas to you and yours;

May you experience genuine peace  … despite your circumstances … this Christmas and all through the new year as you begin to truly realize God’s amazing love shown through his son, Jesus.

Art For Life … The Rest of the Story

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We are killing our planet!  Our oceans are a prime example.  I am becoming more aware of  how detrimental plastic is to our environment.  And I will be the first to confess that I too have been guilty.  Did you know that over 200 billion pounds of plastic are produced worldwide each year and that only 4 to 7 % is actually recycled.   Plastic pollution now affects at least 267 species worldwide.   These are photos of pollution that has washed ashore:

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100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die yearly from entanglement.   There are estimates that marine debris kills 1 million seabirds a year.   80% of marine debris comes from land via street storm drains, waterways, and rivers that eventually empty into the ocean.   Apparently we Americans use approximately 1 billion disposable shopping bags that create 300,000 tons of waste each year.  Fish and birds confuse the debris for food.  Plastic has moved into the food chain!  Plastic is not biodegradable.  It eventually breaks down to the size of plankton.

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Fish bites can be seen from marine animals mistaking the plastic for food.  This can be deadly by blocking their digestive tracts and reducing their ability to absorb nutrients.  In addition plastics contain contaminants … a toxic meal.  Scientists on research boats mid-ocean have opened fresh caught fish and found pieces of plastic in their stomachs.

An ocean gyre (jahyur) is a large, slow spinning vortex of ocean currents caused by trade winds.  There are five major gyres in the world’s oceans pulling plastic garbage from every continent and churning it into bite-size pieces for sea life.  It is estimated that 11 million tons of plastic ride the North Pacific Gyre between Asia and North America eventually washing ashore on beaches or breaking down to microscopic pieces.

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When we were on our annual spring trek to Bandon by the Sea in Oregon earlier this year we became aware of the Washed Ashore Project.  All this information is from their exhibit in Bandon and their website.

Artist and director Angela Haseltine Pozzi leads the Washed Ashore community in creating large-scale sculptures of the very sea life that is threatened by the marine debris.  Communities, schools, and state parks gather the debris off of the beaches.   They are then washed, sorted, drilled, cut and processed into art supplies.  Only re-purposed plastic debris found on beaches are used in Washed Ashore art.  

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The Project has impacted the lives of over 1 million spectators.  The exhibit features massive sculptures.

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100’s of volunteers have processed over 4 tons of plastic pollution into art supplies.  Washed Ashore’s traveling educational exhibit of sculptures continues to spread the message internationally.   Activity/Action Books and Curriculum based on Washed Ashore’s Marine Debris Awareness Program can be ordered through their website.

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Use less plastic.  Bring your own water bottle and mug with you.  Use cloth or canvas grocery bags.  Buy in bulk.  Refill containers.  Reduce and re-use whenever possible.  Recycle.  Contact Washed Ashore to start a Satellite Project in your community.  Each one of us can make a difference.

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Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature …” (Gen. 1:28).

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

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When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:  all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  (Psalm 8)

Bearing in mind that ruling requires constant care and wisdom let us each do our part to help preserve our planet … God’s creation.

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Art For Life (pt 2)

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Yesterday I inadvertently sent my post “Art for Life” to my Life, etc. blog rather than  Franciscus Meus where this series Do you like a Mystery? has been unfolding.  This story could easily fit in either, but due to St. Francis’s love and concern for all living creatures and our precious planet I chose FM.  I will therefore place the last post with The Rest of the Story on both blogs because I believe so strongly in it’s message.

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Clue 2: Art For Life

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A “new” form of art has evolved:

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The photos show the new medium.

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Oregon Dunes

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The Oregon Dunes Overlook is a “view point” and a trail head for hikers that is about 11 miles north of Reedsport off of 101.   Be sure to get a Day Pass to park.  There are two viewing platforms.  But I recommend walking out onto the dunes. I took this shot looking back at the tree line and platform.  The big bonus here is that there are no ATVs.  Thus, an opportunity to consider another wonder of His creation.

The Oregon Garden

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This is the last of my Oregon Garden collection.  The Gaillardia above turned out to be one of my favorites.  They are so bold and bright.  It was definitely a  blessing having the early morning rain.

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This is the view of the main lawn from the Axis Fountain.  They have quite a variety of gardens from Conifers and wetlands to a pet friendly and children’s garden.

 

 

Pink water lilies

The Day Lilies were abundant.

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There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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My favorite was the Bosque Reflecting Ponds, a central plaza featuring four brick ponds and 40 planter boxes, each planted with a single tree.

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The Signature Oak is an Oregon Heritage Tree that is more than 400 years old.

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June was fortunately a perfect time to appreciate the bounty of color.

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest and need to get away for a few days, I can easily recommend the Silverton area.  The Oregon Garden Resort is a very nice place and they have frequent deals through Travel Zoo.  They show movies in the Garden during the summer, in October scarecrows are displayed throughout.

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And Silverton is a Happening Place with loads of activities planned throughout the year:  A Bloom Quilt Show, Brewer’s Tasting Dinner at the Resort, Fireworks on the 4th of July, and a Car Show in August.  Silver Falls State Park with the trail of ten falls is just a short drive.  Here is a photo of Winter Falls (check out my earlier post:  All Creation Sings His Praises).

 

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So, just maybe I will see you there someday.

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More from the Oregon Garden

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The Oregon Garden in Silverton has a variety of “Specialty Gardens”.  Here are a couple of Lilies from the Water Garden where they combine wildlife habitat and treated wastewater recycling, two functions which are usually kept separate.

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Borage, also known as a starflower, is an annual herb.  It is native to the Mediterranean region.  It is a freely seeding, easy growing plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers.  The fuzzy white buds are what attracted me to them.   Apparently both the flowers and leaves are edible.  It is grown in both vegetable and flower gardens where it attracts pollinating bees and is considered a good companion plant for tomatoes, squash, and strawberries.  It is thought to deter tomato hornworms and improve the flavor of tomatoes.  Just another little miracle of God’s amazing creation calling to us to take notice.

 

All Creation Sings His Praises

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John Muir exclaimed, “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.  I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.  I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

I recently enjoyed hiking in the Silver Falls State Park in my home state of Oregon.

To be the first human on the trail in the early morning … approaching a waterfall … the sound of it crescendos as you draw nearer,  causing an uncertain yet knowing anticipation … a reward difficult to express, …  but certain praise to the Creator … for a beauty so serene that melts “self” and it’s concerns away.   Time with my Creator is always well spent.

The “Winter Falls” is a 134 foot waterfall that relies on winter runoff and is its best in winter, spring, and early summer.

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”  (John Muir, 1938) ….. I wonder if John Muir was acquainted with Saint Francis.  Happy Trails!