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When a Cricket is not a Cricket: Cicadas in Oregon

As posted on the Nature of Portland blog:

I love the sound of crickets in the evening.  They always remind me of summers where I grew up in North Carolina.  It seems like we had more crickets there, and where my grandparents lived in the mid-west, than we do here in western Oregon (or should I say HEAR in western Oregon?). I don't know if that's true, but it…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on July 27, 2013 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

River Otters, Sea Otters, and Otter 501

It seems I've been circling some sort of strange otter nexus, lately.…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on June 14, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Afternoon on the Esplanade

It's Rose Festival time in Portland. 

 Last week, I decided to go down to the East Bank Esplanade to watch the ships come in for Fleet Week.  It was a beautiful afternoon, and in between ships I was able to do a…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on June 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Spring Blooms at Camassia Natural Area: Part I

Common Camas lily and Rosy…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on May 8, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments

Spring? What Spring?

Snow on…
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Added by PDX Nature Nut on March 1, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Busy, Busy Beavers (and Frog)

I've posted before, about Minthorn Springs Wetland in Milwaukie.  It's a great little wetland habitat, surprisingly close to commercial, light industrial, and residential development along the Milwaukie Expressway (HWY 224, connecting I-205 and HWY 99E).…
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Added by PDX Nature Nut on February 29, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Portland's Native Plants Spring to Life

Portland's Native Plants Spring to Life

Remember all that sun we had recently?  Wasn't that amazing?  I wonder if we'll feel that kind of warmth on our shoulders again before, I don't know... June?  I sure hope so, because I've got a bad case of Spring Fever!



This past weekend, I tried to soak up as many of those precious rays as I could.  So while millions were watching Superbowl XLVI, I was out puttering…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on February 9, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Graham Oaks Nature Park: Restoring Oak Woodlands in Wilsonville



Just outside the city limits of Wilsonville (the southernmost suburb of Portland) and only one and a half miles from busy Interstate 5, you can find 250 acres of beautiful open space to explore in relative solitude.  Graham Oaks…
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Added by PDX Nature Nut on February 2, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Portland's Mill Ends Park: World's Smallest

A fairly well-known bit of Portland trivia, is that Portland's Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States.  A lesser-known fact is that Portland is also home to the world's smallest park - according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

Mill Ends Park is located in downtown Portland, right in the middle of Naito…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 18, 2011 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Spring Blooms at Crystal Springs

One of my early posts on this blog was a complete profile of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.  I visited the garden two days ago, in the evening, and thought I'd share a few pictures from my walk.  Most of the Rhododendrons have not quite bloomed.  A few have, and I'm sure a lot of the others will be bursting into bloom very soon.  But there are lots of other…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 14, 2011 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Red-flowering Currant: an Early-Blooming Oregon Native

Whether you're creating an all-native landscape or just looking to add some early interest to your yard, the Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) is one good choice.  It's a drought-tolerant NW native, and the abundant red to pink flowers that each shrub produces are a good source of nectar for many native pollinating insects (such as Mason bees).  The…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 11, 2011 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Portland's Urban Growth Boundary: Battle Lines Being Drawn

When it comes to government and planning in the Portland metro area, there's possibly nothing as controversial as the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).  Some Portland residents don't like the idea of increased density that the UGB encourages.  Farmers naturally want to preserve nearby farmland, and anytime there's a proposed modification or expansion of the UGB, the fur is sure to fly.

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 7, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Portland's Waterfront: Cherry Blossoms

Signs of Spring are popping up - and open - everywhere!  From Trilliums at Tryon Creek, to the Red flowering currants in my yard, things are starting to come alive.

 

Just a quick post to encourage everyone to go see the beautiful cherry blossoms right now along Portland's waterfront (between the…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 7, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Why Blog About Nature in Portland?

As you would plainly see, from the nifty Outdoor Blogger Network badge - if you were on the home page of my blog called the Nature of Portland - I am a member of the Outdoor Blogger Network (OBN).  The OBN is a great way for outdoor bloggers, outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, and would-be outdoor blog readers to connect and discuss the things…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on April 6, 2011 at 8:57pm — No Comments

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Oregon Sinfonietta Performs Mahler Symphony No. 4 in Free Concert at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church

November 4, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
The award-winning Oregon Sinfonietta, now in its 46th season and conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, is a full symphony orchestra of 75+ members that draws together community musicians from the greater Portland metro area. The Sinfonietta performs four free concerts per season. On Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm, the orchestra presents Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 4. in G Major. Joining the orchestra for this…See More
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Holiday Wine Sale: 12 for $12 at Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar

September 28, 2018 at 12pm to September 30, 2018 at 6pm
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Artistic Portland introduces “Art After Dark” at First Thursday Gallery Art Walk in October 2018 at Artistic Portland

October 4, 2018 from 2pm to 9pm
Artistic Portland, a downtown co-operative gallery of 40 local artists, will open its doors for “Art After Dark,” from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, on October 4, 2018.  The evening of music, wine, food and art will give the public a chance to meet many of the artists behind the creative work at the gallery. Husband and wife duo The Sweet Peas will play from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and everyone is welcome to the free event. This summer Artistic Portland celebrated its five-year anniversary at 318 SW Taylor Street,…See More
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Sophisticated Beads Holiday Jewelry Show at Monarch Hotel & Conference Center

November 17, 2018 from 10am to 5pm
Homemade refreshments, holiday beverages, prizes and stress free shopping all in one location!Our designs are handcrafted with a vibrant assortment of semi-precious stones accented with Austrian Swarovski crystals, pearls and sterling silver. We design with unique gemstones to create wonderful women’s jewelry that can be worn for a special occasion or every day.Beads On a Mission are two of our jewelry lines that include bracelets in which 10% of the proceeds go to five cancer foundations and…See More
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Artistic Portland Celebrates the Gorgeous Gorge at First Thursday Art Walk on September 6, 2018 at Artistic Portland

September 6, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm
The Art Co-operative will honor the gorgeous Columbia Gorge at the First Thursday Art Walk between 4-6 p.m. on September 6, 2018.  The 50-foot frontage windows will artfully play on the mighty Columbia River that helped formed the region.  Many of the 40 member artists will be present to talk about their latest works and will again encourage visitors to express their own creativity for free by painting a ceramic bisque-fired bowl.  The very popular Community Bowl Project is sponsored by…See More
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Oregon State Fair at Oregon State Fair

August 24, 2018 to September 3, 2018
The Oregon State Fair is back for its 153rd year, with 10 days of traditional family fun! Favorite attractions are back — street performers, horse competitions, games, carnival rides, and music. Enjoy more modern offerings such as dog-agility shows and even robots. The Fair is the perfect grand finale to the summer!See More
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