Friday, April 23, 2010

the north oregon rock monster

There is something quite special about Oregon forests- the trees are tall, there is moss everywhere, miles of green stretching above and below, magic in the fresh air and a wonderful silence everywhere. Often it feels that you are not alone and there are moments when you think something could be watching you from the bushes and often... something is watching.

The best part of Oregon forests- particularly those that are located north and found near the coast- are creatures that are native to this area called the North Oregon Rock Monster. They are found near water, off of mountain trails, in trees and in little green pockets of moss and undergrowth. Legend is that they come from the depths of the ocean but after centuries of living beneath the chill of coastal waters, they migrated to land for a change of scenery.

While rock monsters are colorful, they are small and quite elusive- often emerging from the brush after your back is turned. They are known to toy with hikers on the trail, popping up in trees and hiding in the most obvious places but never being spotted.

Today my dad and I set out to track some rock monsters that were sighted in our area. After hours of searching, we came upon a pod of monsters that we followed deep into the forest and we were able to get some rare shots of this family in their environment.

please note- the forest was not damaged in creating this post and the rock monsters were packed up and taken home :)


  1. you are too cute!! :D

  2. Amazing that you and your Dad were able to take these rare and wonderful photos of these elusive little critters!! I always knew they existed...just never was quick enough to see one for myself. Love it!!

  3. Love these so much!

    You never cease to inspire me.

  4. whyducks2:59 AM

    What a wonderful walk! Did you leave them behind for others to find, or did they find their way home with you?

  5. peggy4:48 AM

    So cute, I would love to see people's faces as they come upon those adorable creatures. Great job once again Alisa.

  6. Those are so awesome! Too bad they live up in the northern forest. I'll have to see if there just happens to be any in the southern part of Oregon. Maybe I'll get lucky and spot one.

  7. A smaller species to the sasquatch but they still live in the forest! Did you leave them for others to discover or were they captured? :)

  8. I always believed that fairies lived in forests like is nice to know they have some friends to keep them company. :)

  9. how cute. I wish I was lucky enough to stumble upon these on a hike! I think I might have to spread some of these throughout the trails nearby. Soon Rock Monsters will be migrant creatures, no longer found in only one state!

  10. totally gorgeous scenery and wonderfully inspirational!

  11. So delightful! What a lovely family of monsters!

  12. so funny!

    we love painting rock around here and in fact, i just finished setting up on the deck for the bebe mermaids to come paint rocks with me this morning!

    i love your blog, alisa! fun art, great tutorials & photography and a lovely sense of humor!

    happy sunday!

  13. There are a bunch of little kids in my area who are fascinated by the large cricket in my front garden....these "monsters" would make a welcome addition....any ideas what kind of materials are used?

  14. I just think the rock monsters are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  15. Your rock monsters are wonderful. I have spent many a day in the Oregon forests and beaches as I was born and raised in Canby and my parents retired to Lincoln City. Have fun in my most favorite part of the U.S.

  16. they are very cute and it sounds like you had fun w/ your pop!

    thanks for packing them up and taking them home. i really don't like hiking and finding places where ppl have done things they think "improve" on nature. leaving behind things they think are cute, carving into trees, stacking rocks to make cairns, etc. leave nature as you found it so that others may enjoy it!

  17. You are so silly Alisa Burke!

  18. love love love the rock monsters! i wonder if any live around this part of the country. TFS!!!

  19. I recently thought of starting a crafters geocache... These would be great for that!

  20. Those rocks are just too cute. How fun would it be to really come upon them in the woods?! We're going to make a set for our Grammies backyard forest.

  21. How did I miss this post! I absolutely love this!

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