Inspiration:: stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity.
This definition of inspiration perfectly describes what I feel when I see something interesting which stimulates my mind into a creative thinking process. Quite often it’s something I see which could be adapted for the design of urban wildlife habitat. At the time I saw this fascinating structure several years ago, it only inspired me to take photos, but revisiting the photos recently inspired me to a greater extent. This was located at Edgefield, a McMenamins property near Portland, Oregon. McMenamins is a Pacific Northwest institution. They buy old, often historic buildings and properties, and transform them into extremely popular pubs and hotels. Edgefield used to be the county poor farm but now offers a pub, restaurant, theater, hotel and par-3 course. They also brew beer, make wine and whiskey, have resident artists, a farm, vineyard and extensive landscaped grounds. Visiting a McMenamins is always inspiring because they employ a team of artists for all of their locations who paint, tile and decorate everything from doorknobs, walls, lamps and pipes.