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May 2nd, 2008

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01:50 am - Petal fall and the knowing of home
teaotter and I have our own names for some unique Portland, pseudo-seasons, with the most important and lovely being petal-fall – when the cherry blossoms fall from the trees in such abundance as to create snow-like drifts on the nearby streets and sidewalks. The effect is magical and lovely and always speaks to me of early spring. This year, it was several weeks late and so it coincided with elm-fall, which is the related season when all of the many elm trees (which vanished from the rest of the US long ago) loose their small coin-like seeds in similarly if less impressive drifts.

When we went to the library this last Monday, I didn't have my camera with me, but we saw a long stretch of street and sidewalk completely covered to a depth of more than an inch with cherry blossoms. When we got back home, I got my camera and went back out – I didn't walk as far as the library, but I found much that was almost as amazing and lovely. Here is some of what I saw.

small drifts along a major street

a street thick with cherry blossoms

The same street from another angle

Another street with more cherry blossoms

In places the blossoms are more than an inch thick, like floral snow

More cherry blossoms

A block from our house are several large elm trees with drifts of golden green elm seeds

On Wednesday, I went to the Whole Foods two blocks from my house and when I was getting some food for dinner (braised cabbage and homemade chicken salad ) and some delicious, locally made dairy free coconut ice cream, I overheard two of the checkers talking about Beltaine rituals (and magical Beltaine gardening things) they were planning for later that day. Then, I walked home and saw someone sitting in a car reading a SF novel by Steve Perry that I've also read and enjoyed. Portland is home.
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
So pretty!

I love Portland.
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Go, go Portland!
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
I love naming Petal Fall as a season. It's always been one of my favorite times of the year.
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
squee. petal fall has not yet come but when it does, our street is awash....heh and our yards ;)
we already have apple petals all about our backyard...i also find it pretty, but folks who are all about not letting the grass die bitch and whine ;)
mmm spring!
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
wow :)
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

Ooo.. so pretty!

Date:May 3rd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)

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