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new bow, and its color was the color of the blossoms of camarine. Lola says she wants a white silk dress. She says her life will be complete when she does have on a white silk dress


faon lily

Opal may mean the lovely lily of the valley flower.


fir tree

Fir trees grow in the Pacific Northwest, where Opal and her family live. Fir trees can live to be 1000 years old and grow 300 or more feet tall. They are highly valued for their strong, smooth wood. The mill that Opal visits cut fir trees to make into lumber to build houses with. Opal says that these fir trees speak to her - she calls them "the talking fir trees".

photo: an old tree stump oldgrowth.jpg photo: talking fir trees opaltree.jpg photo: sky view of Layng Road and the talking fir trees sky-lang-n.jpg  


flower-bell=(some kind of flower)

Paragraph 475: Example 

flowers bloom yellow

Opal may be writing about the lovely buttercup flower.


hazel switches

Hazel switches are made from the branches of the Witch Hazel bush. Branches of hazel bushes were often used as switches to spank children with. Witch hazel was used by the Indians for its medical qualities.



Opal may mean the lovely lily of the valley flower that is very common in Oregon.


lily plant

These lilies of the valley may be the flower Opal is writing about.



A nasturtium is a climbing, edible flower. They are colored orange or red and are often used in salads.


wild flowers

Wildflowers grow in fields and on hills. Opal loved to gather wild flowers from the fields and forest.



Willows are trees that like to grow near water. A willow can live for hundreds of years and become very tall. The branch of a willow tree is very soft and easy to bend without breaking. Willow branches make good fishing poles. Willows are important for creeks and streams because they hold the water in the land during hot dry seasons. The Calapooya Indians used to make their lodges and homes from willow tree branches.


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