Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Moments

“It only takes a moment
To be loved
A whole life long”
― Jerry Herman (from Hello, Dolly!)

Since moving to Oregon from Wisconsin last summer, I have had numerous “Pinch me!” moments when I can’t believe the everyday beauty of this place. I live in a studio apartment over the garage of a big house in a forest in the foothills of the Coastal Range. Travelling into town, I pass orchards and wineries and tree farms. My mailbox is .6 miles away. The creek is a few hundred feet downhill. It is quiet, secluded, wild in places, ever-changing, and constantly stunning. 

“The moments of happiness –
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning
Restores the experience in a different form
Beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness.
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations.”
― T. S. Eliot (from Cats)

I often find myself in a moment of profound awareness of the beauty of my surroundings here. I have dreamed of living near mountains ever since I was 10 years old and traveled from the flatlands of Chicago to Colorado to visit my cousins. I was so envious of the views from their home and their proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park. I lived in California for 15 years, but always in a heavily populated area. Here, the mountains are forested and human dwellings are few and far between. It’s peaceful. It’s slow. It’s quiet.

“Let the moment go
Don’t forget it for a moment though

Just remembering you’ve had an ‘and’
When you’re back to ‘or’
Makes the ‘or’ mean more
Than it did before
Now I understand
And it’s time to leave the woods”
― Stephen Sondheim (from Into the Woods)

12 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Moments

  1. What a wonderful post. I can feel the specialness of the place as I view your photographs and read your words. I can smell the air. Thanks for the retreat.

  2. I am so happy to hear you loving your new home Priscilla. It looks really beautiful and I can just imagine the peace and calm so beautifully presented in your images.

  3. I understand why you love it there. I’ve always wanted to live near mountains and did for a few years after college. While I don’t think that will probably happen now, I do get to spend part of every summer in the mountains of Wyoming and that’s a joy to my heart. There are mountains surrounding Phoenix but not the same sort. 🙂 I especially enjoyed your second photo of the fence and barbed wire.


      • My pleasure. I love mountains everywhere. I hope you get to spend some time in Wyoming one of these days. Now that we live in Arizona, we’re looking forward to getting to some of the Southwest’s wonders.

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