Sunday, May 10, 2009

Portland Road Trip #1

One nice day (ok, overcast but warm,) the three of us piled into the car, picked up Rachel's best friend Ashley on our way out of town, and hit the road.

Destination: West 23rd in Nob Hill, Portland, Oregon.
Okay, it was only about 45 minutes on the road, but it's still a road trip. A mini road trip.

We do go up there as often as possible, since I think we are all really city people at heart. Of course, I brought the camera so I can take a little bit of the city back home with me to Salem. I always find delight in seeing designs and patterns and color juxtapositions, and I wanted to share some of this with you.

While we were wandered around the neighborhood I spied this interesting grassy boulevard along a sidewalk. The legs belong to two silly girls named Rachel and Ashley.

DSCN0574, originally uploaded by Adventures of Pam & Frank.

Isn't that a cool artsy fartsy sidewalk? I like how the grass cuts in and out, punctuated by trees.

In the same spot, I turned and spied this lovely "back yard." The homeowner may lament that it's messy or needs more work but how nice would it be to sit at that little table and sip a morning coffee when the air is still cool?

DSCN0575, originally uploaded by Adventures of Pam & Frank.

This was shot early in the season, so the flowers have surely exploded into a million brilliant colors by now. Above the table you can see the bright green rhododendron leaves. Those evergreen shrubs blossom into huge ruffled flowers in the springtime. I bet it's stunning.

There is something about the color of terra cotta and green plants that seem so peaceful, and the plant and stone textures in this tidy little yard just add to the mood.

Mark this up as a possible dream home/neighborhood for me, ok?

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