Hearts in Nature

There’s nothing like finding hearts in nature to make me smile. I just love finding natural heart! I have a board dedicated to hearts on Pinterest. Some of the natural, some of them not. I love them all. Check it out here: Hearts  Here’s a photo collection of nature’s hearts for you to enjoy. Half of them mine, half of them not. Because, it’s not everyday you find all natural hearts when wandering outdoors! And some of them are created by man, but out in the great outdoors, so I think they still count.

 

Lichen heart

Lichen heart

 

Yellow leaf heart

Yellow leaf heart

 

Natural stone heart

Natural stone heart

 

Heart on the beach

Heart on the beach

 

Rainbow heart

Rainbow heart

 

Spread love

Spread love

A search for soursop and Mt Tabor reservoir

After a scare with breast cancer a couple of weeks ago where I ended up needing to go get a biopsy – only to sit worrying or trying not to worry until the Dr. called and said the results were negative – I found myself down in Portland at Fubon Marketplace trying to find a place where I could buy soursop fruit. Apparently the soursop fruit has an active ingredient that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. So I figured why not try and find the fruit and incorporate it into my diet as a preventative measure? Sadly, I have yet to find it. And I’m sure if I went back to Papua New Guinea, where I grew up as a missionary kid, I could find it quite easily as I remember eating soursop fruit while there. But, alas, it is hard to find in the States…

So, after driving all the way down to this Asian Marketplace which I was hoping would have my miracle cure for cancer, I headed over to Mt Tabor reservoir in Portland on a rare warm, sunny winter day. I’ve been wanting to go take pictures of all the medieval looking architecture on the buildings around there. They look like they belong on ancient castle grounds. The only thing missing is an ancient castle to go with the outlying buildings. They drained the upper reservoir and it is no longer used as a water source for Portland. The lower reservoir still has water in it, which made for some wonderful photo opportunities with water and reflections. Ah, bliss! However, they were doing construction on one side of the lower reservoir, so some of my photos looking in that direction ended up with the bright blue honeybucket in the background. I turned some of those into black & white or sepia toned photos so the construction area wouldn’t stand out so much, and have not chosen to put them on my blog. You can find them on my Instagram. Ha. I may have to go back some day when the construction is done just to get better photos looking toward the construction zone. Here are a few of my photos from that day:

 

Guard house at Mt. Tabor Reservoir

Guard house at Mt. Tabor Reservoir

 

Crenellations

Crenellations

 

Going down

Going down

 

Through the trees

Through the trees

 

Reflection

Reflection

 

Looking up

Looking up