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The Oregon Coast Project

The Oregon Coast is a very special place to me. I was born on the east coast, and shortly before my brother was born my family moved to Lincoln City, where I lived until I was 4 or 5. All of my formative memories are from times on the coast, from riding my tricycle on the beach just a block from our house, to being caught in a sneaker wave and my dad sprinting into the ocean to come save me from being washed away. Every time I revisit these places I’m filled with a weird feeling of nostalgia and sadness - not because the memories I have are sad, but because this place probably won’t be around for much longer - at least not the way we’ve come to know it. 

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Viking Weapons I to IV Digital Art, Leeds Armouries, 12.3.17. A visit to the weapons and warfare museum, Leeds Armouries in Yorkshire, inspired me to create these evocative digital pieces. Photos of Viking swords and axes, from the 10th century BCE and 12th century BCE were the source materials. Hope you like them!


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPwilderness

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

Get outside! The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that celebrate our wild world — through landscapes, animal images and surprising moments in nature. Here’s how to get started:

  • Find a perspective that best captures a sense of place — whether the grand view from atop a mountain or looking up at towering trees from deep within a lush forest.
  • Photograph during the golden hour — early in the morning or right before sunset — to add a magiclike quality to your images. You’ll find that a landscape transforms depending on the time of day that you shoot.
  • If you’re making video, record ambient sound. Think lapping ocean waves, the sound of crunching footsteps on a hike or crickets buzzing at night.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPwilderness hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.


Painted outdoor furniture, string lights and colorful accessories set the stage for a summer get together. 

If you paint outdoor chairs or tables, be sure to pick the right type of paint. Rustoleum 2X spray paint is a great choice, as is Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior (be sure not to use interior paint). A semi-gloss sheen makes painted furniture easier to clean.

Let’s talk decks and balconies for a minute. They’re such a great home feature, perfect for entertaining or relaxing on the weekend, but in older houses, the wood can get nicked, the stain can wear off and the whole thing can look depressing. As long as the deck is structurally sound, you can revamp it with something better than paint: Rustoleum Restore 4x It’s four times thicker than paint and will fill in chips and cracks, making a dilapidated deck fresh enough for bare feet again. There are a bunch of colors and it really brings new life to an older space.