Armchair photo tours: Jumbo the Elephant Memorial in St. Thomas, Ontario

Photos by Cheryl Landes Jumbo, a 12-foot-tall African elephant weighing seven tons, was captured in Africa and brought to the London Zoological Gardens. In 1882, P.T. Barnum bought Jumbo from the zoo, and he became the biggest star of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. At 9:30 p.m. on September 15, 1885, Jumbo's trainer, Matthew Scott, … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Jumbo the Elephant Memorial in St. Thomas, Ontario

Armchair photo tours: The Arboretum at the University of Guelph

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Arboretum is a 400-acre green space adjacent to the main University of Guelph (pronounced "Gwelf"*) campus with gardens, woods, wetlands, and meadows. Nature trails wind through these habitats for exploration and enjoyment.   When I visited The Arboretum, the lilacs were in full bloom. The fragrance filled the air.   … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Arboretum at the University of Guelph

Armchair photo tours: Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon, is the largest dahlia grower in the country. From early August through late September, 40 acres of fields are in bloom at this farm 24 miles south of Portland. Each row contains a different color and variety of dahlia. From a distance, the fields resemble … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk in the summer. The arboretum, located near Acton Center 38 miles northwest of Boston, was established in 1986. Five years later,  a community organization called The Friends of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Bush's Pasture Park is a 100-acre public park and botanical garden near downtown Salem, Oregon. It's the site of the Bush House Museum, the home of Asahel Bush's family from 1878 until 1953. The Italianate house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The City of Salem … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Junction City Scandinavian Festival

Photos by Cheryl Landes On the second weekend in August, Junction City, in Oregon's southern Willamette Valley, celebrates its Scandinavian heritage with four days packed with mouth-watering traditional foods, performances by international dance troupes, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. And there are plenty of opportunities to join the dancers onstage. There's also a life-sized Dalecarlian (Dala) … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Junction City Scandinavian Festival

Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Rock O' the Range Bridge is the only covered bridge east of the Oregon Cascades. It was built in 1963, when William Bowen needed an access road across Swalley Canal, north of Bend, to the property he was developing. He decided that the bridge crossing the canal should be covered. Bowen … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: The world’s tallest barber pole in Forest Grove, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes In 1973, San Antonio, Texas, claimed the world's tallest barber pole at 40 feet. But when Chuck Olson saw it during a barbershop music convention, he knew he could make a bigger one in Oregon. After all, Oregon is famous for its tall trees. The timing was perfect, because a group … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The world’s tallest barber pole in Forest Grove, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Rogerson Clematis Gardens in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Rogerson Clematis Gardens has the most extensive collection of clematis of any other public garden in North America. Nineteen hundred clematis representing more than 850 species grow in this garden behind the historic farmhouse and the greenhouses at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Brewster Rogerson started the collection in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rogerson Clematis Gardens in Lake Oswego, Oregon