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The calm before the BLOOM.....let's do this thing called SPRING hey!!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park - photo taken March "2013"

I should preface by saying that YES, I snapped these photos in "2013"...alas, I hang my head in shame as I've had writer's block this ENTIRE week (I blame the nice weather, AHEM) hence being desperate about something to write about. Instead I will lament on the potentiality of possibly missing full peak foliage bloom as I will be in a different state towards the end of the month...woe is me. I'm fairly certain that all of you will not disappoint and will be able to capture many Spring blossoms for all of us to enjoy. Don't forget to share your photos with us in the photo section for your chance to win a gift card to a local business.

All that aside, I will simply give you a 'short list' of options in which to capture and enjoy all that springtime in Portland has to offer. After all it is the precursor to our long-awaited super awesome SUMMER that is just right around the corner...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park - photo taken March "2013"

For example...the photos above I was VERY LUCKY to capture last year in March from atop the bridge at Tom McCall Waterfront Park ....between Burnside Bridge and Steel Bridge. And this was only on a 'drive-by' day. I did not not capture any from the grounds of the park HOWEVER I can assure you that you will have plenty of options and angles to do that.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Location: Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison St & NW Glisan St

Historical Information:

"The idea for this park came at the turn of the century when the 1903 Olmsted Report pointed out the need not only for parks within the city, but for a greenway scheme for the riverbanks in order to ensure their preservation for future generations. The 1912 Bennett Plan again showed a need for more parks and river greenways, but instead of reorienting itself to the river, the city's focus was pulled further inland. In the late 1920s, the seawall was built along the Willamette's west bank for the protection of downtown from the annual floods. The seawall not only cut off the water from the people, but the people from the water as well. The construction of Harbor Drive along the west bank in the 1940s continued the trend of isolating the public from the river."

*Info compilation via PortlandOregon.gov*

Tom McCall Waterfront Park - photo taken March "2013"

Other super cool places to check out for spring BLOOMAGE ("rachelism"):

Across from Tom McCall Waterfront Front:

Eastbank Esplanade - where you'll see the blossoms from a distance.

Location: SE Water Ave & Hawthorne Blvd

"Naturally" - The Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

SE 28th Ave & Woodstock Blvd

AND if you need the blossoms to carry you into "April", check out:

Hoyt Arboretum 

4000 SW Fairview Blvd

where you'll find blossoming MAGNOLIA trees and other amazing foliage.

They even have a trail named Magnolia Trail dedicated to this luscious Trillium plant that is indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. Big thanks to a new friend 'TB' for the early tip. I've added it to my list!

In closing, DO NOT FORGET:

Share your photos with us in the photo section for your chance to win a gift card to a local business.

Good luck and Happy Spring!

Best wishes for a great weekend ahead.

Cheers, Rachel

...notes from a nomad.

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