Friday 28 April 2017
The Lighthouse At Heceta Head Light A Lighthouse As An Oregon Structure

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The top floor was constructed of steel and painted gray. A small sign inside a broken lens read, Ever had a Bad Day? The lighthouse was constructed of brick. Originally the interior had been plastered and painted white just like the exterior. But over the century, the plaster rotted and had to be removed from the interior. A group of tourists gathered by the entry steps and waited for a tour of the interior to begin. The railing for the stairs was constructed of pipe and pipe fittings and then painted black. A close up shot of the top of the lighthouse. You can barely see the Fresnel lens that concentrated the light into a beam. View all

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Thursday 27 April 2017
Savannah Sparrow Posed, April 2017 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Yellow-rumped Warbler at the suet feeder. It is still not in its brightest colors. The back of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showing the yellow markings on its wings. A Downy Woodpecker eyes the upper suet feeder and wonders if it might taste just a little better than the one he has. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet that comes to my feeder is very fast and almost always appears right after the Bushtits have made their blitz attack on the suet. The Downy woodpecker decided the upper suet feeder definitely tasted better than the lower one. Here was a very handsome Savannah Sparrow that seemed eager to pose. View all

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Thursday 27 April 2017
Signs At Sea Lion Caves As A Nature Theme Park Location Florence, Oregon

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The sign above the entry to the Sea Lion Caves read, "Sea Lion Caves, America's Largest Sea Cave." A sign on the wall behind the cash register read: NOTICE An informational sign described, "Upwelling. Foundation of the Food Web." A graphic presentation on the wall of the cave was backlit and described the "California Sea Lion." A sign on a partly open gate read, "No Trespassing, -DANGER-, Keep Back." A part of the cave overlooking a dangerous area to avoid was marked by a sign, "No Trespassing -DANGER- Keep Back." A really big sign alongside the trail described (in great detail) the, "Steller Sea Lion." View all

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Wednesday 26 April 2017
Rides In Enchanted Forest A Children's Theme Park In Turner, Oregon

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The sign for the bobsleds read, "Ice Mountain Bobsleds 4 Tickets." The line for the "Ice Mountain Bobsleds" ride was occupied by adults. That ride cost 4 tickets. The "Ice Mountain Bobsled" cars were yellow and ran uphill. The "Log Ride" cars were blue and passed under the "Ice Mountain Bobsled" cars. A ticket booth was at the fork in the trail that led to two different rides. The "roller coaster" style cars of the "Log Ride" were enclosed. View all

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Tuesday 25 April 2017
Cleawox Lake Honeyman State Park Lane County, Oregon As A Campsite Place

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A view of the lake looking out across its long axis. And in the middle of the lake, a small island, and on the island, green trees. The surrounding forest of Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park was reflected on the semi-still surface of the lake. An essay in green caused by trees on shore reflected in rough water that blurred the reflection. Fallen trees lay on the water near the shore of the lake. As the fog began to clear, color returned to the forest lining the lakeshore. As we moved along the shore, the size of the lake expanded with our changing point of view. What had seemed a small lake, turned out to be a huge lake. View all

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Monday 24 April 2017
Keeper's House At Heceta Head Light A Lighthouse As An Oregon Structure

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A sign on the back corner of the fence described, "Heceta head Lightstation, Bed & Breakfast, Interpretive Center, Gift Shop, [and] Historic Tours. For information about the Bed & Breakfast click here: . The upstairs windows were open to a sea breeze. The view from these windows was the Pacific Ocean. A sign alongside the trail to the lighthouse described the keeper's house as, "Hard Work At a Lonely Light." On the day this photo was taken, the, "Keeper's House" was "Closed to Public." A wooden bench faced the Pacific Ocean. View all

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Sunday 23 April 2017
Gift Shop In Enchanted Forest A Children's Theme Park In Turner, Oregon

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Inside the gift shop, a rack was filled with sunglasses for sale. The door to the gift shop was not the entrance. A sign on the door pointed to another entrance off camera to the right. Signs hung on the wall were also for sale. The largest letters read, "Duck Camp." A figurine of a mouse was dressed like a woman. Next to her on the same shelf was an old sewing machine. A rack of dolls was visible through a window. View all

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Saturday 22 April 2017
Alice In Enchanted Forest A Children's Theme Park In Turner, Oregon

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Another scene was that of, "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party." The sign above it read, "Alice joined the Mad Hatter and the March Hare celebrating their un-birthdays. A large keyhole through which kids could enter. The queen of hearts was painted onto another panel of the fence. A statue of Alice leaned back so she could speak to a caterpillar on top of a mushroom. The Cheshire Cat sat on a wall and threatened to fade way and leave behind only its smile. knights formed of playing cards were painted onto the railing bordering the Alice area. View all

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Friday 21 April 2017
Caves At Sea Lion Caves As A Nature Theme Park Location Florence, Oregon

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A lone sea lion skull lay on the stone floor underneath the stairs. The main cavern into which sea lions would appear from time to time. On this day, the sea lions were absent. A picture on the wall behind the ticket counter showed the layout of the cave system and elevator. Damp rocks bordered the main staircase inside the cave. A tall mesh fence separated the main cavern from the people. Inside the public area of the cave was a sea lion skeleton. A view of the entire cave as seen from the top of the stairs. A ticket was required to enter the cave system. View all

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Thursday 20 April 2017
Plants In Enchanted Forest A Children's Theme Park In Turner, Oregon

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Many of the paths throughout the park were shaded by mature trees. Mixed in with the plaster flowers and mushrooms were a couple of plastic flowers. A live tree beside the trail had been carved and painted to resemble a treehouse for tiny people. An arrangement of plaster plants was composed of a mushroom surrounded by flowers. View all

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Wednesday 19 April 2017
The Trail At Heceta Head Light A Lighthouse As An Oregon Structure

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Parts of the trail were thickly overgrown, and masked the view of the coast. A inlet below the trail displayed an ebb and flow caused by ocean surf. The sign that pointed the way to the lighthouse. The arrow pointed up, because the trail was a long uphill walk that felt longer than a 1/2 mile. Half way to the Lighthouse, a gift shop was open with snacks, water, and assorted souvenirs for sale. Off to the right of the trail grew a threatening forest. Another sign alongside the trail said "Programs 11 to 3 Daily." It also said in red that, "No one is allowed up the tower stairs." View all

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Tuesday 18 April 2017
2016 Dexter, The Dog, A Canine Land Animal

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Dexter was dressed in his harness and strapped to the campsite table because he had a bad habit of barking at large dogs as they passed by. Dexter bounded rapidly uphill on a sand dune in Honeyman State Park. View all

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Monday 17 April 2017
Moscone Center As A Convention Center or Conference Center As A Building Place

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On the face of the fence masking construction were directions to the entrance of the various Moscone convention venues. Despite new construction, the convention center was open for business. The enlargement of Moscone South was well underway. It had been framed and roofed and an escalator installed. The part of new construction facing Howard Street lacked glass. As could be seen from across Howard Street, the new addition will be huge. As part of the enlargement of Moscone South there was a hole in Howard Street between North and South. The hole in Howard Street was much larger than it appeared from street level. View all

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Saturday 15 April 2017
Goodyera oblongifolia As A Flower Plant

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This is the rattlesnake plantain orchid plant that grows on the Incense Cedar trail at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Taken 9/24 on my phone. This is the rattlesnake plantain orchid plant that grows on the Incense Cedar trail at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Taken 9/24 on my phone. View all

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