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Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 3: The Beauty Never Ends! (+10 insets!)

Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 3: The Beauty Never Ends! (+10 insets!)
Trip Talk: History is the missing puzzle piece to "KNOWING" a place!

I must admit that I haven't made much time in my life for history since I graduated high school. I enjoy the subject but it's so…yesterday! Present day and future events have always grabbed my attention and left me saying to myself, "I'll look into the history of this later." Except that I never get around to it…and now I'm 55 years old and most of the history I learned as a student has drifted away over the years.

Lately I've come to realize how much I've neglected the past. More importantly though, I've been presented with compelling reasons to add history back into my life.

Here's a question for you: how do you get to know a place you've visited?
In other words, what do you do when you traveled somewhere, in order to walk away feeling totally satisfied that you got a true feeling of a place? This is something I've pondered since I began travelling as a 21-year-old and in the end, my answers never quite sit right.

The first idea I came up with was, "Take pictures!" Well, that's certainly a really big step but it's not the whole answer, is it?

"What about making videos?" Heck, I've never even tried that but I can tell that it's also just a facet and wouldn't be the whole answer.

"Get to know the locals!" That's a good one! Still, you'd have to talk to a lot of people to get a true feeling of a place.

"Write about your experiences there!" Definitely a strong choice and this really gives an immersive quality to the place you visited.

One of my favorites is, "Hike, cycle, walk all over the area…see as much of the area as possible!" Now that's a really awesome thought! And yet…it's still not quite enough, is it?

Maybe it could be, "Visit and experience all of the local attractions!" Well, we all know about the value of tourist traps and the need to carefully prise the promised quality of the experience from the money-grubbing garbage.

The fact is, to truly "KNOW" a place, one must employ many of these ideas to get the whole picture. And yet…even though I did this, I couldn't stop the annoying voice in my head which kept telling me I was missing an important angle.

When Steve and I began travelling in our first RV, we learned about state parks and I kept wondering about the names. Why weren't the names all about the location? Reading the origin suddenly added an element which hit home for me: HISTORY!

Gaining a true understanding of the background of a place--or even the reason behind a name--adds a crucial depth that can't be skipped. However, it's not enough to scan the information--something I've always been guilty of. By reading about, understanding, and then reflecting on that information as I'm appreciating a place has given me that complete sense of "knowing" it.

Joseph H. Stewart State Park's History in a few words:
Named for the leader of the pear industry in southern Oregon, this 910-acre park opened in 1978 after the Lost Creek Dam and Lake was built on the Rogue River. The land is leased from the Army Corps of Engineers and the campground has four loops which contain 151 campsites and 50 tent sites. The park also has a boat marina, store and boat moorage facilities. Annual overnight attendance is 64,787 and annual day-use attendance is 301,816.

Joseph H. Stewart moved to the Rogue Valley from Illinois in 1885 and began planting apples, prunes and almonds on his 160-acre farm. Within 5 years he was shipping his harvests all over the nation. In 1898 he and his son-in-law bought the land where the park sits and planted pear, apple and walnut trees there as well. Most of the trees are still alive--and now I want to visit the park again just so I can visit this man's heritage. (Here's their brochure with map if you're interested)

Today's Pictures:
My main picture today is another incredibly beautiful view of one of the park's stunning meadows. Really, all you can do is just stand there and sigh, it's so pretty!

Insets today include a trio of white mushrooms, festively colored blackberry leaves, another pretty view of the park, a pair of "yin-yang"-leaves with clover leaves, a pair of maple "shoes", an elegant stem of dried grass, a fanciful leaf caught on a pine branch, leaves on a stump, a mushroom I found at the base of the tree with the huge burl, and finally, an ancient mushroom family growing out of a stump (that picture wasn't as crisp as I wanted so I turned it into a creative image!).

Pam, wouldn't it be fun to wander around this park and visit some of the trees planted here by Mr. Stewart? I would love listening to your stories of some of your camping adventures and also…did you ever spend time on a farm? That would be fun to hear about too! Today it's very cold but sunny--how about you? I hope all is well in your world my dear! *BIG HUGS*!!!!

Explored on 11/22/19; highest placement #10.

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32 comments - The latest ones
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
i love the beautiful side light , nice colours in the forest and beautiful sky
in PIP amazing shaopes and colours¡¡ youre master Janet
20 months ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Wonderful scenery Janet.
20 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Beautiful photos and excellent advice, Janet. I am sure we are all guilty of taking a quick look at a place, taking a few photos, and never learning about its history and the people who make it what it is.
20 months ago.
 Pam J
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20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent captures!

Admired in:
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Splendid captures , Janet.
I agree: in a new place everybody should get into closer and closer touch with its history, culture and people!
All the best-Bea
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful landscape - Have a nice weekend Janet.
20 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
A great set again!
20 months ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Superbe!!! Bonan semajnfinon Janet:)))
20 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That's wonderful, Janet ! Wish you a very nice day !
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful landscape image; the second PiP is my favourite.
Have a nice weekend Janet.
20 months ago.
Insert 6 ist fantastic, Janet!
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
un superbe espace, et reportage !!
20 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Vu et admiré au www.ipernity.com/group/262970
"Nature et Nous"
20 months ago.
Excellentes **********
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
very very documented.

Happy weekend!
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I love your two landscape images Janet - the main image and the 3rd inset - both are stunning, especially in the gorgeous sunshine and I particularly like the cloud formations in both.

In the PiPs, your leaf images - insets 2,4,7 &8 - deserve a special mention as do the fungi images in insets 1 & 9. which are really beautiful.

In a nutshell, I love them all.............if I had to pick a fave it would be the image in inset 3.

I enjoyed reading your musings about getting to know a place and I think you've hit the nail on the head - history is very important indeed and the older I get the more I believe it. So much to explore.........so little time to do it :-))
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Another sensational series Janet,

Thank you for posting in the group
20 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A beautiful view with nice clouds and autumn colour Janet!
20 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work Janet. I love all your series, beautiful photography.
◦•●◉✿ Have a great weekend✿◉●•◦
20 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Beautiful landscape Janet. Superb series, I especially like the maple seeds - lovely light on the "wings".
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
autant de photos superbes !!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
cammino club
Great landscape shot. The second inset from the left is fantastic!
20 months ago.
trester88 club
Großartige Landschaft und wunderschöne Detailaufnahmen, Janet!
Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Herbstwochenende!
20 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I like the clouds here a lot!
wonderful scenery

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
20 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Como acostumbras hiciste un trabajo concienzudo que es una delicia leer esa historia sugestiva a cuenta de las peras, manzanas y demás frutales. ¡Qué bueno que existan personas así!
Un gran abrazo con el deseo de que tengáis un feliz fin de semana.
20 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Beautiful inserts, Janet, and a lovely view!
20 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Remarquables toutes les photos ! bravo ****************** amitiés, Josiane
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I am so sorry that I missed this blog, sweetie. It's such a gorgeous place here, I can really understand why you love going there.

Wow Janet, what beautiful pictures. The view of the park is amazing and yes I think you do need to study the history of a place to understand why it was there, why people chose to move there, I also read the brochure you mentioned - it states that there were some places which dated back to the 1880's! Is this considered old? My home here was built in 1810, and it isn't considered very old really. A friend of mine lives in a lovely old house about 50 miles south of London and it was built in 1440!!! Now THAT IS old!!!! Her window frames etc are all stone, she has panelling along her hallway - (upstairs and downstairs!) she has to have permission from her local council if she wants to change anything - there are rules about keeping the property in the style it was built in. Very costly if something goes wrong!!!

I do love your PiP's they are so beautiful - this year there seems to be a glut of mushrooms, maybe because it's been damp for a lot of it - well over here it has been!!!!
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
20 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Lijkt me dat de herfstkleuren bij jouw iets minder zijn dan bij ons-maar het landschap is TOP met heerlijke dieptewerking en dan de pip nr 1,,een muschroom ik nog nooit eerder zag--en 5 en 7 er ook mogen zijn -geweldige fotografie Janet !!
20 months ago.

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