Road Trip: Lafayette, OR


Last week I took a mini road trip out of Portland to Lafayette, Oregon. Lafayette is a little town on Highway 99 on the way to McMinnville, where I went to college. I used to drive this route all the time and it's been quite awhile since I'd been back.

I haven't had much time lately to go out and take photos just for fun. And to be honest, I've been avoiding it a little bit. Sometimes when you take time off from making art, it gets harder and harder to get back into it. I always create a bunch of awful junk while trying to get back into my photography groove. 

My favorite camera of all time is my Yashica D (it's not just a prop - promise!). I've been shooting 120 film for years and this camera is a little piece of magic. If my house ever catches on fire, it's the first thing I'm saving. I usually look pretty glamorous squinting through the top down view finder, as seen above.

One thing I like to do everytime I'm in Lafayette is go to the Schoolhouse Antique Mall. I didn't find anything there this time (my collections include framed butterflies, Fiestaware, Bauer bowls, skeleton keys, and photo stuff - I'm always on the hunt) - but I did have a nice chat with one of the employees and it was fun to browse around.

From Lafayette I drove up to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and had a little walk around. It was a gorgeous sunny day and there was hardly anyone else around - it felt like I had the place to myself. I didn't see a whole lot of wildlife, but some blue herons did fly overhead. And the Queen Anne's Lace was in full effect.

Sometimes taking a little drive by yourself can be just the thing to refocus and reset - and hopefully I'll have gotten some good shots out of it!

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