I am someone who enjoys taking photos, my subjects are random, from bugs to babies. Photography is therapy for me, I have no real knowledge of the art, I am learning a bit here and there. I use an inexpensive camera.I simply love taking shots of interesting or beautiful things I see. I love the adventure of attempting to get the perfect shot. Please enjoy these photos and share them with your friends. For me the ultimate success is knowing someone may be amazed or made to smile.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Fallen Trees in Skinner's Butte Park, Eugene, Oregon

In March our community was hit by a severe winter storm, wreaking havoc on the trees all over the county. Making a visit to Skinner's one day I took these shots of the damage and some of the flowers that managed to weather the storm. It made me cry, also brought me to realize that death often brings new life. Some of these flowers are actually weeds, I find them beautiful.










community helping in the clean up. 




















That is my pack of cigarettes here on this tree root ball and on  few of the other photos to give size aspect.


this will likely be left now that the tree has been removed from the well traveled path.








In the middle of all the things that made me cry, here was this little garden with the beginnings of spring  growing and starting to bloom.

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This is the pile of chips from the trees in the area. there are many more to be added, this will be used in the county parks, and in the community garden.







The trees fell due to the heavy rains, the 7 inches of snow in 48 hours and some very high winds. The soil was simply to moist to hold them, as bad as this bothered me I was relieved  in a way that it had not been because of careless people over landscaping and such.

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  1. It is sad to see beauty buckled on its knees. Beauty i best standing tall and in all pride. An impactful collection conveying very piercingly..all you felt

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    1. Thank you Jerly, is was a difficult visit to my park. No people were hurt through the entire storm, how beautiful is that??

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  2. Hello Jan.
    Such a sad fate for a beautiful tree, but at least there's still new life appearing. The flower shots are lovely, especially that purple one (purple is one of my favorite colors). Nice collection as always. Thanks for sharing.

    Day 3: Cosmopolitan Flower

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    1. Thank you so much Andy, sad and beautiful all in one...

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  3. You have immortalized this precious tree in your photos, Jan. I so loved, especially, your photographs of the new, emergent spring flowers, the promise of hope . . .
    Blessings and thanks for sharing these marvelous pictures!

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    1. Thank you Martha, I will be back at the park soon to see more of the flowers and the progress of the clean up.

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  4. What a horrible storm you must have had, leaving a trail of devastation in it's path. But for every fallen piece of nature, something new will emerge, and your park will return to it's natural form of beauty over time :)

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    1. Thank you Mary, yes you are right, it is a temporary situation, as is the turmoil in my home.

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  5. Despite the downed tree, it's a great reminder of life. The flower photos greatly contrast the end of the tree. Natural decay leads to natural rebirth, a complete new life cycle.

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    1. Thank you Jeffrey, I was quite taken aback when I first entered the park, but my love of nature soon helped me to realize the beauty of it all.

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  6. Trees- the fallen beauties. But, you have capture life and death (metamorphic ally)fallen trees and lively flowers so well.

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    1. Thank you Janaki, I am glad it came through as intended...<3

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  7. You couldn't have introduced the post better Jan! I felt exactly that way while looking at your pictures. You are a fabulous photographer...

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  8. Thank you so much Kriti...<3

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  9. It was painful to see a lofty tree in full bloom uprooted by the cruel hands of the storm,yet some tiny flowers applied the much needed balm to my wounded mind and thank you, dear Jan, for that.
    -ELLE

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