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Yesterday I got to pick where we hiked and I wanted to go visit this large rowdy community garden I pass on the bus all the time but have never been to before. There is a hike in our hill walk...


If you have read “The Overstory”, which I am still under the influence of, this picture I took last weekend on the misty trail will make sense to you on an intuitive level. It hazed up yesterd...


When I was a kid the first time I ever remember being alone was when I was walking to school. My brother and I were on a different schedule as he is 18 months older. I walked alone starting in ...


Holding onto Frida’s leash while gazing I tried to take a quick shot of this lovely leaded glass feature in the top of the gate to the back garden of a yard in north Portland. You can barely se...


This is one of the older trees in the park up on the next block. My guess is that it was there when the wrought iron baron’s mansion was there. The mansion that was briefly turned into the count...


I took this (not the best) shot Monday night on my way to class. It is of one of our bubbler water fountains. When I came upon it, there were actually three crows but one flew away at my stealth...


I looped around the big hill to the track after work yesterday to see what the new trees are. This is cool; the three are Jefferson elms. They are not native to the Western United States but are...


I looked at this tag a few weeks ago on one of three new trees in my local park and then thought I’ll remember that…but of course I didn’t. I got home and was thinking, a cherry? So I went back ...


Even with my Imperfect Produce box every two weeks, which is such a great deal, fresh tomatoes are an issue for me this time of year. I love them but the ones from the store and that are commerc...


It is being a particularly good year out there for wild Queen Anne’s lace. I have never seen it so abundant here before. I believe it has something to do with the composition of the soil. This ...


August 12, 2019

Heros All in Everyday Ramblings

This is a star magnolia in front of Mrs. Sherlock’s place. She planted it herself and for years she has been calling it a tulip tree. I was always saying…you mean a magnolia…in what I now unders...


This oak is really old, maybe from 1826 they think. The walnut to the right is old too and we think that maybe that is a blue spruce to the left. That is not Frida, but a new dog acquaintance w...


This is one of the street trees between where I live and where I work. I noticed it starting to split about a week ago. As of yesterday it had not come down. I did call and give a detailed descr...


One of the trees out back at sunrise this morning. The plan yesterday was to go over and do a reconnaissance hike in an area in North Portland that both of us had been to occasionally but never ...


August 03, 2019

Upbeat? in Everyday Ramblings

Wild sweet peas, Queen Anne’s lace, chicory and dried grasses are the hallmarks of the deep dog days of summer here. This is the vacant lot next door, which I am happy is still vacant. They have...


August 01, 2019

Hedge Clippers? in Everyday Ramblings

To get to the office I work in I walk down half a block, go down a public stairway with a bench on the landing (now with graffiti on it) walk one more block slightly up hill and I am there. Th...


No, I did not buy a dragon fruit but could not resist taking a picture of the beautiful display this morning at the grocery. We are having an interlude in the mid-summer heat wave and are having...


I was touched when I met Mrs. Sherlock at church on Sunday (we went to hear our now fully ordained former intern minister because she is young and woke and full of the fire of change and the ent...


Yesterday I went out and took proper pictures of “Grandfather Hickory” as the teachers at the fancy alternative private school call the heritage tree in the park in the next block. I was able to...


This was a front garden on our walk on Saturday morning. Gladiolas are so fleeting in their beauty and these were perfect. It is gray and windy here today and we may get a little rain later but...


Yesterday, this gorgeous vista is within walking distance from my place. We have explored the trails up above here, and further south but this is in between. Mrs. Sherlock had been down here on ...


Sorry, this isn’t my usual pretty picture but there is a kind of local hope and sadness built into it. I took it Wednesday midday when I was waiting for the bus so I could come home with my groc...


Yesterday was quiet. After inviting me over for lunch and a walk yesterday Mrs. Sherlock woke up too tired for any of it. I had already indicated just a walk was fine and I am glad I did because...


July 07, 2019

Changes... in Everyday Ramblings

This shot is from our beautiful Japanese Garden in July 2005. The Portland skyline has changed some since then and will be changing again as they are building a 35 story fancy hotel downtown in ...


Hydrangeas are the symbol that signifies the Fourth of July for me, this odd holiday that is not my favorite. But I can think about honoring the memory of my mother who was born a whopping 105 y...


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