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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Green Springs

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It was such good luck that we found out about these cabins on really short notice and were able to book a night during Labor Day weekend. There are nine cabins and a lodge with a restaurant (and chickens!) on 150 acres. Our cabin had a deep jetted tub on a private deck – a total bonus. We walked around the property loop to the restaurant, ate outside on the patio, and walked back with a bottle of wine to drink while we relaxed in the tub and looked out at the stars. This would be such a good spot to go back to with friends; our cabin had an upstairs loft and slept at least six, Friends, come out to Oregon!

On the way home, we stopped in Medford to see the giant bird outside Black Bird Shopping Center, then went to the House of Mystery, which I’m so bummed I cannot recommend! The whole time I just felt like I was missing out on a joke. I didn’t feel like I could see the crazy things they were showing us in the demos (mostly height changes based on where you’re standing, even though they show you all the surfaces are level) and in the house itself things did seem to roll uphill but there was also so many wood platforms it was hard to tell what ~spooky results~ were just manufactured? Anyway, it was fun to see, I just wouldn’t have spent over an hour there on a paid “tour.” Old photos of the place are really fun to look at.

Green Acres

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I have now seen every pet cemetery that I know of in the state of Oregon. Four of them, plus six statues or monuments to animals, in a Google Map I created last fall have all been moved to the “Been To” layer. I’ve got three in Washington and three in Idaho on my list, and when I go to Dallas in November, I’ll have to find the time to see the six I’ve found in the metro area. I have loved photographing these places.

Green Acres in Medford has always felt so far away, so I was really excited to see this one on our trip to southern Oregon. I feel like I always claim each pet cemetery I see is my favorite, but this one was really special. The haze made for perfect light for photographing, and there were so many unique gravestones. I think my favorite gravestone photo so far was made this day: “Cat. We’ll miss you. 1971-1972.” Also, isn’t the gravestone for “Useless” great?

Wildlife Safari

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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.