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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Valley View

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We haven’t been up to much the past three weeks. Went to the dentist, the coast, the movies. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to wrap up the series I’ve been working on for the past four years in time for the talk I’m giving at the Living with Animals conference in Kentucky in a couple weeks. I’m really excited about it. I’m already thinking about and starting to work on my next project, which is what took us to Valley View Memorial Park and the Chehalem Pet Cemetery in Newberg. We spent a long time there, looking at each grave marker. I love places like these.

Our friend Michael gets in this weekend! We’re celebrating both his and Nat’s birthdays. March is gonna be a busy month.

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Mount Angel Abbey Museum

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A long time ago, while browsing Roadside America for neat local places to check out and possibly photograph, I learned about the Mount Angel Abbey & Seminary near Silverton, OR. I read that on the grounds of Mount Angel Abbey there was a museum that housed an unusual collection of items, like the world’s largest pig hairball, two preserved significantly deformed calfs, and a large assortment of taxidermy North American animals. We went to check it out over the summer, but on the drive down, I read that the museum was closed for remodeling. Last weekend, I woke up with the museum on my mind, checked the website, and learned that it had recently reopened. We went to visit and found one of the coolest places I have ever been (and I have been to a lot of various types of natural history museums!). The grounds of the abbey itself were so beautiful on this wonderfully foggy day, and the collection is definitely an eclectic one that features a lot of beautiful, unique taxidermy and fascinating displays that kept us going through the small museum for well over an hour. I really love this place. I have so missed having a natural history museum nearby, and I’m so happy to know about this little, quiet museum that I can visit again and again in the future as long as I am living in the Portland area.

Sauvie Island / Cape Kiwanda

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I got nothin to say except here’s what we’ve been up to the past couple weekends – Sauvie Island in the snow, and Cape Kiwanda once it was all gone. On Sunday I really wanted a grilled cheese sandwich, so we drove down to Tillamook to have this amazing sandwich I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to recreate since I had it in September. Then we tromped around on the dunes. Not too much else goin on, except, you know, some of the darkest days I’ve seen in this country in my lifetime.