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Old 04-20-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Ok,

Have any of you Portland forum participants gotten out to see the Springs colors (eg - flowers, Cherry Blossoms, etc...) yet? With all this talk about being cranky, the economy, gangs, etc... I think it is time to take a look at the beauty of Portland as well. While I do not live in Portland 'yet' I have been enjoying the posts from my fellow nature lovers in that area.

It seems like Portland and the PNW is an excellent place for outdoor nature lovers. But the focus here has been so much on the other 'stuff' that we lose track of the beauty of a place and why people actually enjoy living there.

Here is a beautiful recent shot taken by PNW nature photographer Cezar Mart of the Wooden Shoe Farm, Woodburn, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Nature Photographer's forum is really one of my favorite places to go for inspiration. However there are a lot of helpful and friendly folks here who have given me great advice regarding housing, etc... in and around Portland. So I am not trying to bash anyone as we need to be realistic about the livability of a place. But it is good to talk about the good or best parts as well.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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Sorry, MtnSurfer, haven't you heard? All it does is rain day and night for nine months of the year here. It's always dark and gray, sheer hell on earth. There is no beauty here.

At least that's what the malcontents charge.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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It may just be that the folks who enjoy Portland the most are out actually enjoying it. But it is still good to hear from them on occasion to balance things out a bit here.

There is always something to complain about no matter where you live. So is your glass half empty or half full in Portland? If all one can think about is the negative then maybe it isn't the best place to live for that person. But c' mon you can't deny the beauty around you, even if there are clouds/rain.

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Old 04-20-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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We've got blossoms and blooming galore out my way! Even w/the crazy wild weather...it SNOWED!!! yesterday!! WTH!??! But today, my kids have been out playing in the yard, having a great old time! long sleeved shirts yes, but no jackets. And I have the prettiest little purple flowers blooming all over my yard! LOVE EM! My lilac has some beautiful blooms on it and they smell so darn good! The rose bushes are budding out like mad, i think its gonna be a fruitful spring!
Tiffany
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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time to be heading here too
Portland Parks & Recreation :: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

The west gorge is very pretty with a zillion shades of spring green

but I will join the Mal-contents... (as I sit INSIDE and watch the hail / rain / snow ruin my afternoon plans of mowing field, spraying fungicide on crops, cutting firewood).

I'm a prairie and Colorado Mtn kid and hate this weather with a passion, give me a tumbleweed rather than rubber boots (mine started leaking today anyway).

It's an individual thing & really depends on the person & their required activities, but I will practice my 'tolerance' and let each to his own. And allow a forum as a place to post their OPINIONS

I don't like working in the rain and mud, and have built several homes out here, as well as tended my berry and fruit farms. Recently been helping an 'underground excavator' so being "immersed" in mud everyday doesn't do much for me... maybe if I had an office / indoor job and something less than a farm to maintain (and a car that didn't leak...) the weather would be more digestible Imagine being able to do something 'recreational' on the few nice days, instead of hurrying to get your week's 'dry' projects done on the few days w/o rain...

I tend to think everyone has a relevant point, and if someone thinks rain / dark might be a problem (whether they have SAD or just plain 'prefer sun'), then they have the right to know / express... I don't have anything to hide, and PNW doesn't have the corner on the market for nice places to live...
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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I dont think MntSurfer was trying to keep anyone from expressing themselves, or their opinions, I believe he was just trying to get a positive thread here going, especially since there are several where people are able to post all about how unhappy they are here, or w/the weather....

Sigh...it really really would have been so very nice to have just one...a single one thread on here, where people could just come on and post about/read about some of the lovely things Portland, and Oregon in general, have to offer.
We didnt even get a single page w/o people jumping in on the negatives... Thats so disappointing.....sigh...
Thanks so much for trying though MntSurfer...it was a lovely try!

btw, I will say again, it was so nice here today...we spent a lot of time outside, as did some of our neighbors....and when coming out of the store today, the air was so clear and fresh...smelled so darn good, I had to take a minute to stand there and be so happy Im lucky enough to live here and enjoy it all as I do.
Tiffany
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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We've got blossoms and blooming galore out my way! Even w/the crazy wild weather...it SNOWED!!! yesterday!! WTH!??! But today, my kids have been out playing in the yard, having a great old time! long sleeved shirts yes, but no jackets. And I have the prettiest little purple flowers blooming all over my yard! LOVE EM! My lilac has some beautiful blooms on it and they smell so darn good! The rose bushes are budding out like mad, i think its gonna be a fruitful spring!
Tiffany
Tiffany, you should post some pictures if you have a digital camera! I would love to see your yard!
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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awww. i would if i could! However, Im quite hopeless w/the darn thing. I can take pics all day long, but when it comes down to downloading them or whatever....im lost...
HOWEVER............. I picked up a cheapo disposable camera...i took a bunch of pics along the coastline from Florence-SealRocks and was going to see if I sent it to anyone, if they wanted to take it down and get a disk and put the pics up, theyre welcome to em. I was going to finish out the roll on our way to Bend next week, IllinoisBoy had requested some pics of that area....
Im so excited as the weather warms up!! Oregon in bloom is a real gift from GOD!
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Thanks Tiffany,

I really appreciate hearing about your garden and the flowers that are blooming. And I really don't mind Jan sharing her frustration with the weather. She did start out with a great idea of a place to visit which I can add to my list of places to see.

We will be there in three weeks to check things out. So I'll make sure to take 'lots' of pictures and post the link to them here. And hopefully it will rain on us good so get a feel for the PNW.

I was just talking to my wife tonight about the stark contrast between this forum and the nature photography forum which I also participate in - one talking about the blooms of Spring and the other talking about all the gloom. I told her that if we move to the PNW there will be things we really love and other things which will probably be difficult to deal with at times. But that is really true of any place you live - just a different set of pros/cons. And if the pros outweigh the cons for you then you make it work.

Also I don't want to invalidate anyone's experience because it is theirs. But on the other hand it is also good to look outside and see what makes Portland and Oregon a great state to live in (but obvioulsy not a perfect place).
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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awww. i would if i could! However, Im quite hopeless w/the darn thing. I can take pics all day long, but when it comes down to downloading them or whatever....im lost...
HOWEVER............. I picked up a cheapo disposable camera...i took a bunch of pics along the coastline from Florence-SealRocks and was going to see if I sent it to anyone, if they wanted to take it down and get a disk and put the pics up, theyre welcome to em. I was going to finish out the roll on our way to Bend next week, IllinoisBoy had requested some pics of that area....
Im so excited as the weather warms up!! Oregon in bloom is a real gift from GOD!
REallY????

I am with IL boy, I want pictures!!! Maybe you can get some help from the local photo shop places out there. You simply must. It would be almost a crime to not share.

I personally love the springs where all the trees are in bloom and it smells heavenly. Where I went to college at Elmhurst College, the school was also an arboretum, so the walk ways were lined with flowering trees and everything! Oh, my heart aces for those days again!

I heard Enrico say you guys don't have as many decidious trees out there. I would assume they would be in the neighborhood, though right? I'm sure people plant plenty of them in their yard, or do they?
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