Waking up to the world after a long illness.

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Blue Camas lines a trace of the old Oregon Trail, called here the Applegate Trail, where it crosses Finley National Wildlife Refuge

I have been sick for what seems like a really long time, and with the antibiotics finally kicking in, Peter and I went on a field trip up to Wildwood Falls, Rujada Camp, then over the ridge back down to Highway 58. This is a short digital story about what it’s like to emerge from such a long confinement.

PS Peter points out that what I called a buttercup is actually a yellow wood violet, which I knew–aargh!

Sandy Brown Jensen

I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).

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  • The Great Rabbit in the blood red full moon, the first one after the Spring Equinox, welcomes you back to the reborn biomass of this year. Soon there will be bunnies running around the greens like little children. Soon chickens will be laying more eggs in the forest of Kauai. Soon the hula dancers of Spring will lead us out into summer. Soon the Oregon trail will lead us to this year’s parties, and the down branches of the Ice storm will be gone, chipped up into paths through our garden. Gee, I can’t help writing purple camas prose. I’m glad you’re better, love.

  • My mother used to take me up to Moon Mountain and we would walk through the fields of wildflowers. She would show me each one and name it. As a boy at 12 even I saw the beauty. (A lot of 12 year old’s would not.) But I never could remember the names. You have reminded me of wonderful memories.

  • Sweet, refreshing and soul nourishing, so characteristic of a spring walk in the woods, especially following confinement…you just want to break free and dance and deeply breathe in the fragrant spring air and be kissed by the sun…there is a deep compulsion to hug everything in sight, the trees with their sweet pungent aroma of new leaves, the vivid green grasses and delicate flowers, everything (including that smiling bear with the beard)…get well quickly so you can continue to frolic with gay abandon…xoxo

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Sandy Brown Jensen

I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).

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