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Sunday, September 6, 2015

PATTERNS AND CHANGES


An old plant display stand casts a shadowy pattern on the broken cement. The plant stand's pattern tells us change is upon us -- time to prepare for a change in the weather. Plants will have to wait until next spring to again sit upon the open wire plant stand. 

For me change is in the wind again too as I have just moved  to a college town about a hundred miles from the home I have been residing in for the past seven months. 

My living pattern since retirement (long ago) has been one of many changes. I wander about learning from the folks and landscapes that create the culture of different areas. Sometimes I feel that I will stay in an area forever but eventually get itchy feet and move on. 

I feel fortunate that I have been able to do this. I find that it has made my life experiences in retirement rich and varied. I'm looking
forward to discovering the odds and ends of my new area. Although I lived in this area several years ago I feel there are many opportunities yet to uncover especially in photography. 

So my exploration  will soon begin  -- when I unpack everything and get fairly settled in my new apartment in the woods. 


20 comments:

  1. Oh goodie, another move, more opportunities for photos! I'm about to venture onto a move as well...maybe in a month.

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    1. Barbara -- So you are going to move! Are you going to move far or stay near where you are? I know whatever you do it will be interesting. Anxious to find out your details of your new venture. -- thanks -- barbara

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  2. A cabin in the woods in a college town. Interesting. Take it easy moving; it's a big job.

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    1. Joanne -- well my new place in an apartment in a wooded area -- but the apartment is not a cabin -- wish it were. Yes, moving is stressful at times especially when the trailer you reserved mixed up your order. But all went well once that was settled. thanks -- barbara

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  3. Keep us posted so that we can journey along with you!

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    1. Florence -- I plan on getting out with my camera as soon as I can. Some details to this move yet to be finished. Journeying with me would be wonderful -- thanks - barbara

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  4. I look forward to seeing and hearing about your new adventures. I also admire your ability to see each move as a new opportunity for growth and change.

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    1. Michelle -- thanks for the nice words about my move. It certainly is a new adventure for anyone that decides to move and I do believe very enlightening too. thanks -- barbara

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  5. hahahahaha I'm thinking hav-a-hart trap here.

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    1. Birdman -- May you enjoy your journey into autumn thanks -- barbara

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  6. I think it's wonderful that you don't feel the need to stay in one place. So many people get stuck in their comfort zone and don't want to branch out. Seeing and experiencing new things is what life is all about. I look forward to your sharing. Good luck settling in.

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    1. Tammy -- I follow your blog and am amazed at all the places you have been. I do think that moving about helps us understand the world beyond. I have not ventured to other countries like you however I feel that the U.S. offers so many opportunities in various areas such as language difference, traditions. food, and more. Our nation is changing slowly though -- erasing some of these wonderful pockets of tradition. thanks -- barbara

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  7. It's wonderful that you search for new experiences and new surroundings. I hope this will be a very interesting place and look forward to more excellent photos. Both your header picture and the plant stand have an autumnal quality (no accident, I'm sure) and both are fine photos most people might not recognize as opportunities for pictures. Best wishes in your new abode.

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    1. June -- Autumn is my favorite season and right now I feel it in the air here in Oregon. Cool the last few days. I do enjoy working with cameras -- they teach me so much on how to really look at things. Thanks for the best wishes in my new abode -- it is small but very comfy. But at my age with just a dog as company this size works out swell. thanks -- barbara

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  8. Barbara, congratulations on your move!! And a college town!!! (With cafés!) I am so torn on this issue of small town verses city. We went to visit a beautiful a smaller town Sunday, on the end of a peninsula, and that put things in perspective in terms of my small town. Turns out it is not so small after all. Mostly I thinnk I am a person who likes being rooted and I envy you your spirit and ability for adventure and change. There is a lot waiting for you to discover and, lucky for us, to share here! The geometrical patterns in your photo are very interesting!

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    1. Rita , We all seem to be travelers through life if not physically at least mentally. Yes, I now live in a wonderful college town with a major university, community library, research library, regional hospital, cafes, coffeehouses, tons of gardens, environmentally involved city govt, and more. For now I find this scenario fits my lifestyle. But who knows what is ahead -- I am always open to new adventures. My lifestyle is surely not for everyone. There are lots of good things to be said for establishing roots in one place! -- thanks -- barbara

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  9. You certainly get around! I'm eager to hear about your adventures in your new home!

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    1. Hattie -- I am sure you are familiar with Corvallis. This is the college town I moved to. I have lived in Corvallis off and on for the past 25 years and have always found that it offers its citizens a rich diversity in events and educational opportunities as well as being a top notch environmental community. Although I loved the boonies where I was living I missed the interactions within a college town. thanks -- barbara

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  10. It is very to see that you use the opportunity that the retirement gave you to move around and see what there is to see while it is still there. I'll look forward to more posts.

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    1. visualnorway -- thanks for the nice comment -- I do enjoy what I call wandering and checking out the stories that abound around the country. Must be the anthropologist in me. -- barbara

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