Archive for November 6th, 2013

06
Nov
13

Photography: Pondering Images & Life……………

Toys BW SwittersBSwittersB & Fly Fishing: What in the world do these images have to do with anything related to  the outdoors that SwittersB enjoys (fly fishing, fly tying, photography, travel, camping, nature, hiking…..)? 

The pictures evoke a passage in life, a transition between life & deaths, dreams & realities, the past & the future, old age & youth, make believe & no imagination, broken health & vitality. That is what these family pictures bring out of my mind, my heart. What was and is lost or what can be right before me to celebrate.

That positive direction is always enhanced for me by wetting a line, planning a trip, celebrating family, seeing the beauty right in front of us, in the moment, not just the past.

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06
Nov
13

History: The Oregon Trail & A Young Girl’s Grave…….

For the last few years, I have been researching locations near my home that seemed to have historical significance re farming, the Oregon Trail, early settlers, neighborhood developments. Names like Guisto, Zimmerman and Wilkes had come to the forefront. I had come across these pioneers’ grave sites in nearby ‘Pioneer’ cemeteries.

My fascination with cemeteries and photography is partly imagery and imagination, but also the historical questions of who, why, how etc.

william wilkes marker This marker for William Wilkes has been particularly interesting to me. I live in the Wilkes neighborhood. I have Wilkes Creek in my back yard, burbling downhill toward the Columbia River. I did a little research on William Wilkes and one thing lead to another….the marker for a dead pioneer child near Wilkes Elementary School. I recalled this marker, but never gave it much thought until recently.

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A rock sets in a back street setting, adjacent to I-84 and in close proximity to the old Oregon Trail, the current Wilkes Elementary School and to where the little girl was originally buried.

“…..Mrs. Sales states that her father Mr. Doc Hartley, a pioneer to Oregon in 1846, and who lived in the area, told her about the people who came late one evening and camped by their spring. Their little girl, about eleven years old, was very sick. The father and mother of the child had only one team of horses and a wagon. The child died during the night and was buried the next day. Mrs. Sales’ mother helped care for the child and her father helped make the coffin and dig the grave.”

Mem plaque

As sometimes happens in these events, where the little girl was buried is not where this boulder and memorial plaque now stands. She died nearby and was buried to the North near the Freeway/Union Pacific Railroad right of ways. When construction demands bumped up against the gravesite, a nice outcome was a marker was created and moved South to its present location to memorialize the little girl, the Pioneers and history in the area.

“The school children soon learned of the little pioneer grave near the school house, and their young hearts ached for the little one, so all alone. During the summer months, the children of Paulus & Helen Benter Fisher kept the grave bright with flowers. The grave soon acquired a small white picket fence. Through the years the children of the school would place flowers on the grave on Memorial Day. The child has never been forgotten.” (Information Source)

memorial rock

“In 1949, Lee Mathews, a former student of Wilkes School, and a member of the Children of the American Revolution became concerned that the gravesite would be destroyed during construction of the Banfield Expressway (Interstate Highway 84), and wanted to see the site marked permanently. This process took ten years with a temporary marker placed in 1953, shortly before the highway was completed. The Union Pacific Railroad having acquired ownership of the land, gave the land to the Children of the American Revolution. This organization donated the site to the State of Oregon. To mark the site, the railroad hauled in a large rock from Starvation Creek on the Columbia River. Finally, on May 22, 1955, a bronze plaque was mounted on the rock as a permanent marker, and was dedicated.

In 1989, the Children of the American Revolution was contacted and informed that the construction and widening of I-84 would make the site inaccessible for maintenance or visitation. Many interested people and the State Highway Department formed a plan to move the rock, with its plaque, to its present day location.”

old wagon wheelxIn this day of revisionist history writing, it is a good thing that there still exists a fleeting glimpse of history. The outing to the cemetery for photographs lead to finding William Wilkes grave and further enquiries lead to the little girl’s memorial marker and a glimpse at grief, loss and the Oregon Trail. Such a loss as they neared the end of the trail’s long journey. I can’t imagine.

o trailI guess I should include a map of the trail as many people that visit here aren’t familiar with the trail’s routes.

 
06
Nov
13

Nature: Disgusting Turkey Vultures……………

vulture Holmaren SwittersB

Wood Carving; Pioneertown, California

The Buzzard or Turkey Vulture…Necessary in Nature

 “It is unique among our vultures in that it finds carrion by smell as well as by sight. When threatened, it defends itself by vomiting powerful stomach acids.” Did I mention disgusting?

Photography-Nature-Art-Vulture-Buzzard-Wood Carving-Scavenger-Turkey Vulture




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