Sunday 25 August 2019
Monkey Puzzle Tree, At Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

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The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) was a very dramatic and strange looking tree. Some of the branches of the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) were straight and covered in tiny leaves, while other branches were curved and covered in cork-screw patterns of leaves. A sign near its trunk gave its name (Monkey Puzzle Tree) and its scientific name (Araucaria araucana) and said that it was originally from South America. View all

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Saturday 24 August 2019
Art, At Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

Related stories: Lavender Cotton (Santolina Chamaecyparissus) Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) Seating The Greenhouse The Pond

Two statues of cranes stood in the pond at the far end of Shore Acres State Park. Lion faces spit water near the base of the fountain in the middle of Shore Acres State Park. A metal statue of a long necked bird stood beside the entry to the Gift Shop of Shore Acres State Park. View all

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Friday 23 August 2019
Lavender Cotton (Santolina Chamaecyparissus), At Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

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The leaves of the Lavender Cotton were wrinkled like wrinkle cut French fries. The flowers were small and puffed. This Lavender Cotton plant appeared to flow around a spiked plant and appeared to be contained by a low hedge. A sign identified this plant as Santolina Chamaecyparissus or Lavender Cotton from Southern Europe. This plant was found while walking back toward the entrance. This Lavender Cotton (Santolina Chamaecyparissus) plant had small puff-like flowers in a yellow that tended toward orange. This Lavender Cotton was a pail green almost grey with just a hint of lavender. View all

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Thursday 22 August 2019
The Pond, At Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

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A handsome old pot was filled with flowers and greenery. It stood next to the pond. Two statues (a pair of cranes ) decorated the pond. A butterfly landed on flowers growing near the edge of the pond. A highway cone, near the edge of the pond, jarred the visitor from his or her reverie. A short flight of stairs provided access to the pond. A stone bench at the base of the stairs provided the weary visitor with a place to sit and admire the pond. To reach the pond, travel past the park entrance and walk straight through the garden to its end. The pond is at the bottom of a short flight of stairs. View all

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Wednesday 21 August 2019
The Greenhouse, At Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

Related stories: Art Lavender Cotton (Santolina Chamaecyparissus) Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) Seating The Pond

In the center of the greenhouse was a double decker arrangement of wooden shelves. Plants rested on those shelves in a wide variety of pots. A few of the plants on the shelves had tags which helped the visitor identify those plants in their infancy. At the end of one aisle stood a young tree in a pot. That tree stood in front of a tall electrical breaker box. Succulents were also on display in the greenhouse. Ferns too, as witness their fronds hanging down from an upper shelf. The second aisle in the greenhouse was filled with long leafed, almost grass-like plants. View all

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Tuesday 20 August 2019
Seating, In Shore Acres State Park, 90038 Cape Argo Highway, Coos Bay, Oregon

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A slice of a tree trunk was erected behind a seating bench near the entry to Shore Acres State Park. A brick-work bench surrounded a small but elegant fountain. Another bench formed an L behind the fountain. A bench had been placed in a circle of bricks. The bricks were placed inside a well maintained lawn. Tufts of grass began to poke their heads up between the bricks. People sat on the steps leading up to a massive gazebo at the midpoint of the garden. Lovely pink with a few white flowers decorated the garden behind a bench. View all

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Monday 19 August 2019
Branch Art, Artist: Unknown, Beach Loop Road, Bandon, Oregon

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A buck appeared to pause in alarm as it noticed the camera. Two dinosaurs, created from wood branches, dashed in opposite directions as if afraid of something in the forest. A wooden man rode a bicycle across the lawn. He wore a safety helmet and carried an American flag in his bicycle basket. A deer created from branches dashed across a lawn just outside Bandon, Oregon. There were no signs identifying the artist. A sculpture hung from a tree. It was made of curved branches and multicolored stretched yarns. A dinosaur rushed out of the forest and across the lawn. View all

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Sunday 18 August 2019
A Gazebo, At Honeyman State Park, Lane County, Oregon, As A Campsite Place

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A porcelain sink was set into a wooden counter of the Gazebo. A hose faucet supplied water so that fish could be cleaned so that food could be prepared. A gazebo was built alongside the lake. Because it was legal to keep some caught fish, the gazebo was built so that folks could clean and cook their fish right there by the lakeside. Of course, the gazebo was also available to anyone that needed a sheltered place to picnic. A lower iron door provided access to the trash soot left over from burning wood above. The door had been left ajar and was showing signs of rust. The ceiling inside the Gazebo was created using stout logs and tightly fitted wooden boards. View all

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Saturday 17 August 2019
Marina Rust, As A Form Of Deconstruction

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A rusty rectangle seemed to frame leaves and paper on the ground below it. The six holes that bordered it were used to attach it to something in the distant past. An old motor, perhaps used to drive a fan or to operate a pulley, sat silent and rusting in a junk pile at the Winchester Bay, Oregon marina. A rusted cylinder with a circular opening lay among green leaves and grass and other junk. A rust stain dribbled down the side of a boat on blocks in a dry-dock. The rust looked almost like the thinning hair of a former red headed ship. View all

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Friday 16 August 2019
The Fair Generally, At The 2019 50th Annual, Oregon Country Fair held in Veneta, Oregon

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The Monkey Palace was a set of colorful tents covering a stage and seating area under the shade of which bands played. Most things were recycled or composted. Only the tiniest amount of discards found their way into a landfill bin. The Morningwood Odditorium was a stage with seating that presented a wide range of novelty and vaudeville acts. Kids played on a wooden chair that was so large it must have been made for a giant to sit on it. View all

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Thursday 15 August 2019
Food, At The 2019 50th Annual, Oregon Country Fair held in Veneta, Oregon

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A "The Best Afghani Cuisine" booth advertised Breakfast for $7.00. That breakfast included, "Eggs, tomato, onion, turkey bacon, bread, chai tea with cardamom." The "Cafe' Lafayette" sold Cajun foods, among which were Beignets. The decorations over the booth were designed to raise one's spirits. A "You Are Here" sign was atop a booth that sold coffee products and crepes. It was shortly after noon, and people still needed to wake up. A man dressed in a cupcake costume invited folk in to enjoy cupcakes at the "Organic Cupcakes" booth. Notice his hat was whipped cream with a cherry on top. View all

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Wednesday 14 August 2019
Signs, At The 2019 50th Annual, Oregon Country Fair held in Veneta, Oregon

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On the way into the fair we encountered this sign that read: Site Conditions Welcome to fair! Watch your step! This is a natural wooded setting with dirt + grass paths. Tripping hazards + uneven ground exists + may be slippery if wet. Natural flora + fauna exist such as stinging insects + poison Oak. No Swimming! The Long Tom River is beautiful but dangerous + polluted. Please stay on designated pathways. In previous years it was always difficult to find the fair's exit. This "Exit This Way" sign pointed the way, but it too was confusing. It took longer to exit the fair than was reasonable. View all

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Tuesday 13 August 2019
Music Generally, At The 2019 50th Annual, Oregon Country Fair held in Veneta, Oregon

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A video that presents a few samples of music available at the 2019 50th Annual Oregon Country Fair, A section of the children's play area offered a selection of music related items to play. They included cymbals, horns, bells, and a xylophone. View all

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Monday 12 August 2019
A Parade, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 50th Annual, Oregon Country Fair held in Veneta, Oregon

Related stories: Drummers Music Generally Shady Grove The Nick Drummond Band

Another member of the parade was a blue giant (a costume worn by a person on stilts). A person carrying a ball on a stick led the blue giant along the parade route. The parade was led by two people carrying large fake fish impaled on long sticks. The man in the lead held two fish, while the man following him carried only one fish. Drummers had just passed by which lent a nice rhythm to the parade. View all

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