For my birthday back in May, Ian got me and Nat tickets to Wildlife Safari down by Roseburg. Our (dating) anniversary plans for Labor Day weekend fell through, so we decided to drive down to Roseburg and spend the night in a hotel, check out the safari, go to a pet cemetery near Medford, and then since we were already “close,” get a look at Ashland and spend the night in a cabin near there. It was a really wonderful weekend. We have been to many wildlife safaris now, and this was a standout. It was really hazy from wildfires, so it was a pretty eerie experience. All the pictures from my camera and my phone have a wild orange tint to them (my best efforts to white balance presented here – I have struggled with white balance pretty much forever). The highlights were when a bunch of little greater rheas came running up to and then after our car, and when we stopped for a long time to look at some Sitka and fallow deer who kept bonking their noses against my hands. I also really liked the turkeys, which I’m pretty sure just live in southwest Oregon. On the way out, we drove around Noah’s Ark, which used to be a biblical history museum. It’s not in operation, but abounding reviews online make for interesting reading.
I hadn’t really used my camera in so long and it felt good to take about 300 photos on the trip. I’m pretty stoked to spend some time in my new office going through the pictures.