The Greening of Portland

28 Mar

We’ve had a lot of rain this Winter & Spring.

A local TV station posts daily rainfall updates and I like to see how much above “normal” we are. Today’s stats are as follows:

MARCH RAIN to Date: 7.01″ Departure from Normal: +3.75″

Rainfall since October 1st (water year): 41.25″ Departure from Normal: +15.33″

As I drive home over the Marquam Bridge, I look at one of the  Portland’s many other bridges, the Hawthorne Bridge. It has numbered markings on its tower foundations and I use these to help me monitor the height of the Willamette River. The markings are now under water.

One of the really funny aspects of the wet Pacific NW climate is how non-living things turn green with moss.

The asphalt in parking lots has taken on a greenish hue,

as have the back steps of my home.


These rocks in my garden are positively fuzzy.


But the best bit of out of place greenery is growing on my neighbor’s car.


9 Responses to “The Greening of Portland”

  1. Ramona March 28, 2017 at 6:45 am #

    Love this mossy glimpse of your world. We Seattleites are also mossier than usual this year.

  2. tbreitweiser March 28, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Love the area you live in! I was able to visit a couple years ago – very inspiring

  3. carriegelson March 28, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    Wow! Even in the car!

  4. arjeha March 28, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Didn’t expect that last picture. Made me smile. Hope you get some drying out days.

  5. elsie March 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    I love the fuzziness of moss, but then I don’t have it growing in unwanted places. I’ve never seen it growing on asphalt. The car plant is too funny! Great observations!

  6. terierrol March 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m jealous of all that green. We still have white snow!

    • Adrienne March 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

      Thanks for giving me a new perspective. I will take the mossy green over snow!

  7. isbergamanda March 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    I’m living in sunny and tropical Venezuela now, but I still miss those mossy grey PNW days from the time I spent growing up in Portland. The moss is usually pretty thin in most places by the time I get home in the summers.

    -Amanda at

  8. franmccrackin March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    My son went to college in OR and I loved the moss, then realized people had to buy products for the chore of removing it. Glad you are amused not stressed. You do live in a beautiful place. Good surprise ending.

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