Portland, Oregon – The Colors of Autumn

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No matter how you look at it, Portland is a beautiful city.  Its distinct four seasons change her look dramatically from month to month, sometimes draping her in a swath of floral bouquets and, at other times, splashing her with rich, warm color that can rival any New England landscape.

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No matter what the changes are, they are dramatic…..breathtaking, in fact, even after the leaves have fallen and the barren trees stretch their naked branches up to touch the weeping winter sky.

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Not quite ready to say good bye, the last of the summer crocus peeks through the soil in a fanfare of color and charm.

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The creamy white mushrooms hidden among the piñon pine needles calm the soul and lend an air of quiet solitude among the array of festive color.

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…and next spring’s roses grow their protective armor in preparation for their own showcase that will occur after the winter thaw.

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This is autumn in Portland, where my favorite pumpkins grow and thrive in the organic garden, bringing smiles to children’s faces and love within my heart.  Living here is truly living, and it makes me feel so glad to be awake and alive. I feel fulfilled, and have intent and purpose…a reason to get up every morning and face the new day with happiness and joy.

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Even the old feral cats that hide themselves among the bushes, know they are loved.  They are cared for in this city, where people set out dishes of food for them and offer them shelter when the cold winds sweep through after the autumn gives way to the winter months.

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The birds flock here as well, welcomed by the abundances of houses from which to choose….but beware of the cats!

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There is always someplace safe to nest and get in out of the cold.

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The little squirrels keep a watchful eye out for fallen chestnuts or popcorn from passers by.

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Portland is a beautiful city.  I think I might stay here for awhile.  It is a place for family and friends.  It is a place for art and culture, for good food and good times.  Portland  is a place for love and nature.  It is a good place to be, no matter what the time of year.

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I love Portland.

Happy birthday, Sarah.

36 years ago today, I gave birth to my daughter, Sarah, (shown here with HER daughter, Ingrid, a couple of years ago).  Sarah’s birth was special….We did the Leboyer method of childbirth, in which she was placed in 98.6 degree water as soon as she was born.  The lights were low, and the atmosphere was very beautiful and calm.  It was one of the most moving and beautiful experiences of my life.

I am proud of Sarah beyond belief.  She is  “good people”, productive, intelligent and strong.  She is an independent and happy individual with an awareness of the world around her, and a determination to make it a better place.  I am so very proud.

Happy birthday, darling daughter.  I love you with my whole heart.  ~Ma

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Day #13 – FAST

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #13 – FAST

© Stacy Alexander – 2013