Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Enchanted Forest -Outdoor Wednesday

Just a little over a year ago, an out-of-towner purchased the forests of my childhood.  He clear cut the entire thing, destroying the habitat of many endangered species.  Why that was allowed is still baffling to me.

It was an enchanted place, where mystery and beauty held hands.

The creek in the canyon was spared--with 50 feet of forest to be left on each side as green space.  However some of the woodlands where I played as a child have been saved.  I am thankful to the City of Wilsonville for its preservation of some of that area as a park protecting the old growth trees there.

I still miss walking the forests--but I have these pictures and all those wonderful memories.  My childhood was wonderful.  We spent hours and days playing in that enchanted forest.  It makes me smile to remember.  

Have a great rest of the week and happy Outdoor Wednesday.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Dirt Clod Heart

This is one of the last hearts I found at The Abandoned before they began to build houses.  A sort of bittersweet tribute to the magic which once was.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sidewalks and Streetlights

Next to the snazzy homes being built along the street, where sidewalks and streetlights abound, the forest stands silent.  When the wind blows--I am sure the history of this once beautiful place whispers through man's progress.  Huge homes stand so close together, one could shake hands across the small divide between them.

Sissy says these are California houses.  The very kind of neighborhood which, if it somehow caught fire, would leap from house to house.  I hope that never happens here.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The New Abandoned

When I visited Mumsie, I was taken aback by these houses.  They hadn't been there a month or so before.  They are like mushrooms, springing up everywhere.  What once was abandoned, is now a swanky neighborhood.  Still--the houses are so close together, one could nearly shake hands with one's neighbor through the windows!

Above you see what it looked like after demolition.

Above you see what the inside of the huge main building that once stood where all these houses have sprouted.  I miss its mystery.  

I call these new homes Mushroom Houses.  You would not believe how quickly these hones go up.  It is just extraordinary. I question whether or not they are built well.  I've seen the construction, and I really wonder about that.  I have a feeling this neighborhood would not do well in a storm. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tree Sap Drip

Here  you see the sap of the tall fir.  This is how the tree heals its injured spots.  We call it pitch, others call it tree sap.  It is sticky, fragrant and beautiful in the sunshine. 

Have a lovely day and if you get the chance, take a walk in the forest.  There are all kinds of wonderful surprises to be found.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


This amazing building is now leveled.  Where it once stood one can see rows of houses set close together.  They are high-end homes, each selling for around $400,000.  I can't even imagine that much money.

What a shame.  And now, just across the street a large area of the old forest along the canyon where Oregon's endangered native frog and native salamanders once lived, has also been leveled.  Their habitat has been destroyed.

The folks who bought the land are building a mansion and are putting in a filbert orchard.  It is a crying shame--I was sure the land they bought was a green way which could not be touched.  Mom says the frogs are gone.  All gone.

They were abandoned.

I will post pictures when I can get them.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Old Growth Beauty

This is one of the incredibly beautiful Cedar trees which grow in the canyons and woodlands surrounding what once was The Abandoned.  It is beautiful.  The trees grow big and graceful.  If I were to stand next to the cedar tree you see here, I would be dwarfed by it's sheer size.

I love this place--these forests.  There is such incredible hidden beauty there.