Spring in Portland
Experiencing a Spring in Portland has been incredible. I’ve lived on the East coast my entire life. Whether it was in New Jersey, New York, or Vermont, Spring was always my least favorite season. It either came too slowly or went too soon, not leaving much time to truly enjoy it. Especially in Vermont, the place I had called home for the past 6 years.
Vermont’s take on Spring was one of two ways. It was either Spring masquerading as Winter, meaning there was snow on the ground and temperatures hovered in the 30’s and 40’s (if not lower) or a muddy lukewarm mess. When trees finally began to bud and flowers showed themselves, it would be well into May. If you blinked, you missed Spring in Vermont.
Now in Portland, I hear locals talk about how this has been a horrendous Winter and a slow-moving Spring. But Adam and I are still so ecstatic from escaping another brutal Winter in Vermont, that we didn’t seem to mind. Spring here has been unlike any other I have experienced. The smell in the air is only comparable to the scent of Fruit Loops while the flowers all over the city bloom. People are smiling and actually getting to soak up some sun. And temperatures are climbing higher and higher almost every day.
We’ve feel so lucky to be here to be able to witness a West coast Spring, and now I’d like to share it with you. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you can enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Cherry Blossom Trees
Along the Tom Mccall Waterfront Park, there are rows and rows of Cherry Blossom trees. The trees were a gift in 1990 from the Japanese Grain Importers Association to recognize the Japanese Americans who were forced into interment camps during WWII. Although these trees bring a lot of joy to people in Portland, they serve as a grave reminder of our past and our present.
We enjoyed several days spent underneath the cherry blossoms, picnicking, taking photos, and people watching.
Flowers Found Among Portland
Spring isn’t over yet so check back to see this post updated with more gorgeous flower photos!