In Oregon

 
My friend picked me up in the morning before my wreath making class in a little blue pickup truck. I juggled multiple Stumptown americanos, shawls, hats and cameras and we followed the Columbia River eastward to the falls. When I saw my first west coast waterfall, I smushed my nose up against the window get a better look yes, but also to hide my face. It was so beautiful I almost cried.


The wreath classes were so much fun, I didn't want them to end. I stayed up until all hours looking for later flights and the very next morning the same blue pickup truck collected me from the front door of the Ace. We headed westward through fields of farmland and forest and mountains until we hit the Pacific. I think now I understand what the line in this song means when he says "the mountains should crumble to the sea". 

My very talented friend Parker took these and many more photos of our adventures. Take a look at his work here.

29 comments:

  1. It makes me so happy to hear that you loved Oregon... it means you'll come back to us!!

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  2. Oh, these are just wonderful Amy. Funny, I was at Saipua on Sunday for the wreath class with Sarah and Nicolette, remembering when you worked with them yourself. Now you're off giving your own workshops on the other side of the states (and drinking Stumptown, nonetheless!) Your website is incredible by the way. I need to get married soon so you can do my flowers :)

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  3. these are beautiful photos! oregon is lovely. i adore your coat and hat, too!
    xx

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  4. Such a divine setting.
    I wouldn't want to leave.

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  5. The exact same emotions I had upon moving to the Pacific Northwest.

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  6. These photos are really beautiful, I love how a landscape can be so powerful and emotive, it's such a truly magical experience x

    nakedfaun.blogspot.com

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  7. It holds a special place in my heart--I'm glad you were able to explore! Next time, make sure you venture up to Washington too--you'll love it.

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  8. Love the shots.
    Love Oregon.
    Love hats.
    Love cloaks.

    Spin spin spin!

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  9. (and ditto what Mikaela said - Washington is absolutely swell)

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  10. wow! west coast, best coast!

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  11. these photos are bringing back so many happy memories of when i lived in portland. the columbia river gorges were my very favorite part of living in oregon, so much magic mystery and beauty. glad you had such a lovely trip!!

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  12. I just wanted to comment to tell you I've always loved your photos and flower arrangements. Your photos actually inspired some greeting cards I made today. I'd love for you to take a look!
    Greer

    http://mainstreetsisters.blogspot.com/2011/12/cards.html

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  13. I just came across your work via Pinterest, and wow, it's so very beautiful!

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  14. It's all so Scottish looking.... lovely!

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  15. I made my first trip to Oregon this year and can't wait to go back. I liked Portland, but the coast + mountains - well, I could live there, I think. Happy holidays.

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  16. Magic, lady. Pure Magic.
    I feel that way every time I go back to Montana. The drive from Bozeman up 191 and into the mountains, up the grade, along the Gallatin, through Cowboy Heaven- I still (as I have since I was 7 years old) get goosebumps and little starry-eyed tearzes at the wonder of such natural beauty.

    Enjoy the West, capital W.

    (and psst- head over to The Makers Project if you get a spare internet minute...surprise!) xo.

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  17. Any of these images could be a 70's album-cover of a pretty folk singer ;)
    I like them very much.

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  18. These are gorgeous photos! I have to get to Oregon one day!

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  19. Lovely experiences and Parker's work here is wonderful.

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  20. Cannon Beach is really good too. It is quintessential OR.

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  21. Wonderful pictures ! Wish you a wonderful Christmas.. following you on blogger :)
    Best from Lilleba

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  22. Welp, it just needs to be said. Your blog is my favorite. And I read a lot of blogs.

    Ever consider posting every day? (Kidding.. Mostly)

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  23. Merry Christmas!! I wish you ALL the best for 2012!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous work!

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  24. Portland is my hometown, and yes, its beauty can make you cry. I'm so blessed to have grown up surrounded by all that rugged scenery. I glad you loved it! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  25. Oh yay! You're in town, staying at my favorite hotel and going to my favorite Stumptown! I hope you enjoyed your stay in Portlandia. :-)

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  26. Stumptown! I'm in California right now, but I live in the Northwest, and I have yet to find coffee as good as Stumptown.

    These photos really capture the Northwest mood. Thank you for posting!

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  27. I'm so glad you fell in love with Portland, Amy. Hopefully I can have a plane buddy the next time I head out- it's such a magical place. :)

    xo
    G

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