Happy Birthday, Oregon!

February 14, 2012 · 7 comments

The View from Prairie Mountain

The great state of Oregon turns 153 today. Personally, I’m choosing to celebrate February 14 by expressing my deep love and gratitude for this wonderful place where I live, always have and always will. I don’t want to be a grinch about the whole Valentine’s Day thing (I did actually host a Valentine-making party just a couple years ago, and I’m always a huge fan of chocolate), but really, don’t people know that roses don’t naturally bloom in February? Am I the only one who walks past burgeoning floral displays at the supermarket and laments all the “wasted” energy and fertilizer?

Oregon is way cooler than all that Valentine’s hype. Here are a few photos taken in the past year to prove it.

Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market

Chicken Culture

Wheat Harvest

Rubber Boas

The Coburg Antique Fair

Country Roads


Clamming at the Coast

U-Pick Berry Season

Sunset at the Homestead

…and on and on and on. Love you, Oregon!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

kara rane February 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

gorgeous*! i LOVE this idea… celebrate where U live & love day..


Preita February 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

I agree that Oregon is way cooler than Valentines day. I have to tell you that moving up here (well to Washington) was the best choice my husband and I ever made. I can’t wait till the weather gets warm though and we can put in the garden.


Anna Cools February 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

Well, I learned something new today! Thanks! Since I live in this beautiful state, I figure I should know it’s birthday.

And no, you are not the only one that laments the waste at the flower stands. I have never had a fondness for Valentines, although today my kids and I made 20 cards to bring to a convalescent home. Someone will be enjoying Valentines today!


Maria Powers February 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

Love it! Thank you for this post. It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy it if my husband spoiled me on Valentines Day (with farmers market flowers and a nice wine with dinner), but I am one of those people who cringe at the wasted energy of those floral displays, and scoff at the society that obsesses over weight loss in January and then teaches our children that Valentines Day is all about cookies and candies and junk food in February. This celebratory photos make me feel better!


abby February 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

Love this ode to Oregon. I am pretty in love with this state too, and don’t think I could ever leave it for long.
And I am totally with you on the flower thing.


Jenny February 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

you are a beautiful photographer. yes oregon i love you!


Betty February 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

For Valentines, local chocolate truffles and wine were a treat, but roses? I’ll pass. The colors of Oregon year round, beautiful! Yep, Oregon. Home Sweet Home.


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