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Persephone in Oregon is currently being published as a digital six-part fantasy/fiction/mythology/nature/photography Kindle Reader series scheduled to be completed on March 20, 2019. Each installment of the series forms a chapter in the book, also scheduled to be published in hardcover and full color on the same date. Each chapter in the book correlates to the four seasons of the year, with two added chapters for a New Moon and a Blue Moon.

The first four digital installments of Persphone in Oregon are now available on Amazon Kindle Readers for $5 each. Part V. Winter Solstice can be pre-ordered for only $3 until its December 21, 2018 release, when its price will also increase to $5.

Part I. Persephone in Oregon: New Moon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0798KJR2C

Part II. Persephone in Oregon: Summer Solstice https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079P654H4

Part III. Persephone in Oregon: Fall Equinox https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G39Q6NN

Part IV. Persephone in Oregon: Blue Moon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J21K7S7

Part V. Persephone in Oregon: Winter Solstice (December 21, 2018) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KS692MN

Part VI. Persephone in Oregon: Spring Equinox (March 20, 2019)

Cast of Characters



This is the story of Persephone, who arrives in Oregon from the sea, blue-haired and naked in the late afternoon of a New Moon. Here she finds an Eden-like country of great ferns and grasses, waterfalls, rivers, and giant forest trees -- but no flowers, no animals, no people.

This book of photographs follows Persephone through the seasons, as she travels across Oregon on Lunar and Solar time tables, visiting and staying in strange and mythical locations known to very few people ever, and rarely indicating any human presence to this time.

As with her Grecian namesake and forebear, Persephone first lives in a beautiful and peaceful nature, ultimately eats a forbidden fruit, becomes personally responsible for widespread misery and death, spends several months in Hell, and becomes obsessed with spring flowers and the seasons of the year. In common with her biblical counterpart, Eve, she also encounters a Talking Snake who gives her unsettling and life-changing information. 

This modern allegory is told in words and in fine-art photographs that stay true to both Greek and Chrtistian mythology and to the generally unknown beautiful and ethereal Oregon landscapes that illustrate this story of Persephone.

Each picture is intended to tell a story; each series of pictures (“pinax”) is also intended to tell a story; all of the pictures together (“pinakes”) tell an entirely different story. It depends on who is viewing the images, when and where, as to what the stories are.

Persephone’s story is told in text and in an illustrative series of digital fine art photographs created by the authors in a number of esoteric, mystical, and beautiful locations in Oregon. The photographs were taken over the course of an entire year, during all seasons, from the first day of summer 2015 to late spring 2016. 

A Nikon D-7000 digital camera, 50 mm Nikon lens, Bogen 3411 tripod, and natural light were used to capture all images. Several photos were slightly cropped with PhotoShop to remove a dust spot on the upper margin and all photos were (very) slightly re-sized to make their dimensions more uniform for display. No photos were adjusted for light, color, or focus, or altered or enhanced in any other manner. What you see is, so close as possible, exactly what the camera produced, albeit scaled down from their original 11-inch x 17-inch, 300 dpi (dots per inch) size.

Text and photographs by Bob Zybach and McKenzie Peters.

copyright 2018 NW Maps Co. and McKenzie Peters