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Happy Bench Monday
Loeb State Park
Harrise Beach State Park

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Happy Bench Monday from Loeb State Park (+6 insets)

Happy Bench Monday from Loeb State Park (+6 insets)
(+6 insets) (Please scroll down to "Today's Image" for photo info)

Notes From the Road: Exciting Times are Afoot! We Got Our First Vaccine Shot!
The other morning Steve rushed into my room exclaiming, "I have some very important news!!" Holding his phone in front of me I read the headline: "Vaccine Now Available to All Oregon Residents Beginning April First." OMG! OMG OMG!!

Steve and I immediately went to the registration site and were excited to learn that there was a vaccination event happening in three days, just an 8-minute's drive from Harris Beach State Park to Brookings! Furthermore, we were able to get appointments one after the other and in the late morning too. Huzzah!

For the next couple of days we couldn't stop talking about our upcoming shots. Since vaccine research was first announced, I've kept tabs on developments but didn't fixate on them. Why work myself I into a lather every day? I watched the expanding distribution that began in December last year, and looked forward to the day we would finally qualify to get our first shots. In the end though, it was Steve who discovered we were eligible for our first shot!

We arrived at the hospital early that day, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was a good thing because the paperwork took a while but soon we were sent back to a clinic room. We pulled our sleeves up and before we knew it, Steve and I were the very happy recipients of the Moderna version of the vaccine--as luck would have it, that was our preferred type!

As I sit typing, it's the day after and I'm happy to report that neither of us have had any side effects whatsoever. I don't consider tenderness at the shot site a side-effect since that's a given whenever I get shots. I didn't sleep on my left side because the muscle is sore but that's normal. Steve only feels tenderness if he touches the spot where the needle went in. We don't expect any ill effects and feel great. We wonder if being on a keto lifestyle might have anything to do with lack of issues, though we do know that we've been extraordinarily healthy since we began this low-carb lifestyle years ago.

We have appointments to return in a month, which will mean a four-hour drive each way to get from the campground we'll be at. We'd like to find somewhere closer but if we can't manage, we'll happily make the drive. The drive down and back up the rugged Oregon coast would be lovely so it's not something we'll worry about either way. :)

I hope that folks are getting their vaccines too. In the end, even vaccinated there is a possibility of infection so we'll always need to be careful but what a relief it will be to have such great protection. (This post was originally written about April 10, 2021)

Today's Picture
Steve and I had such a great time on our hike to Loeb State Park! The trail was just the type we like, with plenty of elevation gain and loss, interesting curves in the trail, lots of variation in areas we walked through, including a lovely canopy of deciduous forest and traveling next to a river and various streams. I also loved the plants and flowers along the way. It really was such a pretty walk!

At one point we found this old bench, made from logs, overtaken by moss and rotting away into nothing. I couldn't resist capturing this old relic and though it's not the greatest picture, I love the uniqueness of this hand-hewn place to sit, where one can look out at the pretty forest beyond and think about the good fortune of being there.

Today's Insets
The first picture would be perfect for Happy Fence Friday and shows an awe-struck view up a mossy-covered, boulder-strewn stream with a footbridge at the top and trees above. Steve and I couldn't get enough of this amazing spot and this is also my favorite picture of today's group!

Other insets include the following:
Logs beset by moss and shelf fungus, accented by dappled sunshine
Another little stream waterfall
A stream bed filled with boulders and accented by interesting branches to enjoy
A lovely Wood Sorrel blossom sitting in its sea of leaves--any wonder why this is also called "False Clover"?! :)
A vertical panorama featuring a dappled trail and the wonderful habitat we walked through

Thank You For Stopping By!
I've always have a great time romping about to see what each of you is up to. Such a wonderful way to get a fabulous world tour that includes photography of every sort, and many interesting things to read and think about. Hope you all have a lovely week ahead! :)

Explored on 11/15/21; highest placement #1.

grobi358, Ulrich John, Holger Hagen, Marie-claire Gallet and 53 other people have particularly liked this photo

47 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
D'une beauté exceptionnelle ce magnifique banc..Les Pips sont vraiment fascinantes et ravissantes a la fois..Merci pour ce superbe partage fabuleux.
Bonne et agréable semaine.
3 weeks ago.
Superbes ********
3 weeks ago.
cammino club
The bench is now hardly recognisable, it has become part of nature. And you show wonderful pictures of a (still?) untouched area, sometimes almost like a primeval forest.
3 weeks ago.
 Dave C
Dave C club
Lovely series of photo's.
3 weeks ago.
Christa1004 club
The most original bench of the week, it became part of the forest... The PiPs are fascinating, each one of them. HBM Janet.
3 weeks ago.
Xata club
HBM Janet, forest devouring the bench, reintegrating it to Nature...
3 weeks ago.
 Mariagrazia Gaggero
Mariagrazia Gaggero club
3 weeks ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
....zuerst mal danke für deine nette Geschichte bei meiner Aufnahme liebe Janet,was richtiges zum Schmunzeln:))

.......wow,deine Naturaufnahmen sind wieder richtig klasse liebe Janet,aus deinen schönen Aufnahmen kommt diese Freude zur Natur richtig raus,gefällen mir immer deine Ansichten,die Natur ist einfach schön:))

........wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
3 weeks ago.
 Stephan Fey
Stephan Fey club
An outstanding capture, Janet! The pips are gorgeous! Have a nice evening!
3 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
That'a real basic bench !!
Well seen and captured.
3 weeks ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass diees Bank nicht nur von Menschen besetzt wird....Waldgeister oder Feen könnte ich mir gut vorstellen dort, wo Du unterwegs warst Janet!
Herrlich...ich wünsch Dir eine gute und gesunde Wochen und natürlich HBM!
3 weeks ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Nicht bequem, diese Bank, Janet, aber schön – und die Pip's wieder eins schöner als das andere – und eine tolle Geschichte!
3 weeks ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
that's what I call a close-to-nature bench ;-))))
maybe sitting could be wet.....
and beautifful insets, btw.
3 weeks ago.
micritter club
They are all very beautiful, Wonderful light, gorgeous colors, and beautifully sharp. Superb quality and beautifully composed. My only wish would be if you'd show the "insets" larger
3 weeks ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
j'adore votre photo mon amie ***************belle soirée Janet
3 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
I love the textures in old timber especially when covered in lichen as in your main image, the pips are an absorbing mix and shows well the diversity of the area, HBM Janet,
3 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Another wonderful set of images, old wood takes on another life as it decays and gets covered in moss. I had the booster jab last week 2 Astra Zeneca and a Pfizer I had side effects from the first one they didn't last very long
3 weeks ago.
trester88 club
An dieser Bank ist alles BIO. Sie wurde wohl selten benutzt. Das grüne Moos lässt sie fast verschwinden.
Und wieder eine wunderbare Serie, Janet!
HBM und einen guten Start in die Woche!
3 weeks ago.
 Kimmo Ollikainen
Kimmo Ollikainen club
I've had my two shots, waiting for the third (my age!). I use a mask, whenever I go to groceries or travel by bus or metro. This is not covering yourself, but the others, too.

The moss is one element in our nature I like. The pure green, and the way light and shadows play with it. Gosh!
3 weeks ago.
HappySnapper club
HBM particularly like the first inset with that bridge spanning the falling stream, nice series of shots.
3 weeks ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Amazingly interesting shots again!! It's always a treat to see what you have posted, Janet. I would love to have been with you on that walk....but you would have left me so far behind. I used to just love such places. Now it's what I can reach by car, so your adventures in nature are so welcome!!
3 weeks ago.
MaggsMep club
Lovely series Janet.

Don't want to burst your vaccine bubble but my daughter is recovering from Covid right now and she'd had 2 doses, she was very poorly. I wouldn't advise anyone to go without a mask in closed areas or crowded places.
3 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful series! Stay well!

Admired in: www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
3 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Meer een Mos fauteille Janet --en wat een geweldige landschappen in jou pips WOOW HBM Janet
3 weeks ago.
Dinesh club
.... I couldn't resist capturing this old relic and though it's not the greatest picture, " ~ this is what you wrote above.....

I believe one should capture images which one likes, photography should be to capture which one likes -- I suppose, getting comments are welcome but secondary, and being hit at the star (like) should be left to Spacebook. :o))

By the way I like this image very much and HBM
3 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


3 weeks ago. Edited 3 weeks ago.
PascalL club
belle série, bravo
3 weeks ago.
Annemarie club

wonderful find
3 weeks ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Plus vrai que nature... une trouvaille exceptionnelle Janet !++++++++
Bonne journée.
3 weeks ago.
Erika+Manfred club
A "natural bench", great pic.
Your series reminds me of our tours through the NP's in Canada
3 weeks ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Nature in its grace and splendour….and quietly re establishing its dominion.
Lovely to immerse oneself, Janet. Keep well.
3 weeks ago.
vero club
un série extraordinaire, des photos merveilleuses, des paysages de toute beauté, de vrais trésors, d'une grande splendeur Janet belle journée bisous
3 weeks ago.
 Patrick Brandy
Patrick Brandy club
La nature est belle superbe lumière sur cette magnifique photo bonne journée
3 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very LOVELY bench !!!
superb series !!!
3 weeks ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Thanks for your amazing shots!
3 weeks ago.
niraK68 club
great views in the forest
3 weeks ago.
 HH-volker 2
HH-volker 2 club
Interesting find and nice picture, too!
3 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A belated HBM Janet. I missed this one yesterday :-) Better late than never though as the photo is superb. I like the way nature is taking over the bench and making it even more beautiful. I like the light too and the vignette works perfectly.

Superb PiPa as usual. I like them all very much. Special mentions to PiP No1........I like those rocks in the foreground and the lovely little bridge, but especially the overarching trees.

PiP No3..........the beautiful waterfull and PiP No5.........the gorgeous little flower in a sea of green. The detail is awesome.

An interesting narrative too. Good to hear you have your vaccinations sorted, but as Maggie says, don't get complacent.........and stay safe. You must be due a booster jab soon.
3 weeks ago.
uwschu club
Was für eine schöne Serie, diesmal glaube ich, bei Dir einen Urwald zu sehen, die vielen Farne und Moose
3 weeks ago.
Heide club
Die Bank ist wieder ein Stück des Waldes geworden...
Wundervolle Bilder von einem schönen gesunden Wald.
3 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What fantastic array of pictures, sweetie. I am so pleased you had a great time there - if I were more mobile, I think I'd have really enjoyed walking through those woods.

I'm so happy to hear that you both have had your vaccinations, I'm waiting for my booster, which is recommended when it's more than 6 months since your last one. I keep getting letters from the Health Service telling me that I must go and get the booster, I've rung up so many times, but it's taking time to get them to come round and do it. I don't go out and people who come to my house have all had their vaccines too. Anyway we tend to stay about 6 feet apart from each other, so no worries.

I love reading about your adventures - carry on sweetie.
3 weeks ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Absolutely gorgeous!
3 weeks ago.
FarbFormFreude club
a bench for People who don't mind a dirty back
a Wonderful view
2 weeks ago.
Rafael club
Muy bien ilustrado ese bello lugar! ***
2 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
A beautiful series of images, Janet. It must have been a lovely place to visit. I tried picking out a favourite PiP, but gave up after changing my mind several times! A rather belated HBM, I hope you're having a great week.
2 weeks ago.
 Gary Benson (grbenson3 on flickr)
Gary Benson (grbenso… club
A wonderful series of images Janet. The one with the bridge is my fav.
2 weeks ago.
polytropos club
Find the bench! ;-)
HBM and have a nice week!
2 weeks ago.

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