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Sunny Day Tree Farm

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I’m trying to post here every day until the 1st to catch up. Let’s see how I do.

As far back as I can remember, my family has had an artificial tree around Christmastime (my dad said recently that when we were living in Western New York we used to go chop down our own tree, but I don’t remember). When I was in college, my mom gave me a little, pre-lit tree, and Nat and I had put that up around Christmas every year since we were in our first apartment together in Denver. Buying a house in early January of this year meant that it finally made sense to have a full-size tree at Christmas, and we’d go to a farm to pick one out. A first for both of us! Nat had always gone out with his family to find and cut down their own real tree.

I found everything about the experience… so magical. The tree farm we went to is in this beautiful area near Sherwood, and we were there quite late in the day and the light was lovely. Our tree was down before I knew it! I imagined it taking Nat like at least five minutes to cut the thing down, and I didn’t even really get a photo since it was over in about ten seconds. Watching him carry it over his shoulder down to my car was neat, though :)

I’ve loved having the tree this year – it’s such a good tree – but it doesn’t smell at all! It’s a little taller than we’d like, and also it’s super dense, so it was hard to put ornaments on the branches. Notes for next year!

Beach Bunnies

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I remember noticing the bunnies of Cannon Beach on my first visit to Oregon in 2011. With the photos I posted after our trip, I said “One of these will be our house, someday… And our house will have little black bunnies in the front yard.” I think I thought the domestic rabbits I saw hanging out around beachfront homes were an anomaly, but I learned with subsequent visits that they are an unexplained phenomenon – there are bunnies all over the town. Recently when I opened the browser on my work iPad, this article was suggested to me. Linked in it is this one, from October, offering only “Many years ago, someone released their pet bunnies at Cannon Beach” as an explanation. Whatever the reason for them, their existence is one of my favorite things. I know they’re a nuisance to many locals, but honestly that makes the whole thing more appealing to me, considering my fascination with the complicated relationship between humans and animals. I swear, I think about the Cannon Beach bunnies all the time, and how to make art about them.

Anyway, during Dan’s visit last month, we spent a day walking on Cannon Beach. When we left the beach to walk through town, I said I wanted to see some amount of bunnies, maybe 15. We lost count around 40, I think. It was a perfect day. I love the coast this time of year, I love the light on days like these, and I love wandering around quiet towns photographing, preferably animals. Can’t wait to do more of it next week, when we’re spending a night at the coast – a rare occasion – for New Year’s.

Sandy River Delta Walk

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Making a blog post on Christmas Eve because that’s how badly I want to cross things off my to-do list this long weekend! Just some photos from a post-Thanksgiving walk at the Sandy River Delta off-leash dog park while Dan and Elsie were both still in town. Cody disappeared for a long time, maybe the longest he’s ever been gone. He came back with blood on his face so he must have found something to… play with. And then more pictures from the backyard and the gorgeous little Japanese maple out front.

Not much going on around here. A very quiet and relaxing holiday. (Well now that yesterday, the day for parties, is behind us.) In fact, I am exhausted from doing pretty much nothing today except a very leisurely 2-hour walk at Sauvie. So going to open my one gift now and then off to bed!