Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday Serenity - June 11, 2016

I haven't felt too serene lately and thus haven't posted on my "serenity" series. Life has just been too busy! When I made a trip up to Portland, OR for my nephew's wedding in mid-May, and then went the next day to my former home in the mountains (where my son now lives), I realized how much I had been missing GREEN! I've been blue because I miss the greens of nature.

And I mean I like green all around me! Yes, I have a green lawn (finally) and some plants with green leaves, but I grew up with lush greens of every hue, everywhere, all the time, year-round. And I miss it living here in the dry climate of central Oregon.

West of the mountains, there is lush, wet, dewy grasses, moss hanging from the tree limbs, shades of bright and shades of dark, and in between. I feel most serene when I'm surrounded by those greens, and I guess I'm feeling a touch homesick for my "home" west of the mountains, where green lives.

And the needles of the pine trees, 
freshly washed
to a deep rich green.....
shimmered with droplets
that blinked...
like clear crystals.
~Billie Letts, Shoot the Moon~

And I recall those Johnny Rivers lyrics:

"And I sing:
Green green, it's green they say
On the far side of the hill.
Green green, I'm going away
To where the grass is greener still."

Can you hear the music?

I'm most serene when I'm surrounded by green. I'm homesick, but I'm sure it will pass.

Is it green where you live? 

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  1. Gorgeous photos! I can see why you would be homesick for it.

    1. Oh yes! green versus brown... hum... which one do I like bes? :-) but there ARE things I also like about living in a drier climate too. Marilyn

  2. I didn't realize there was a difference between central or western Oregon. I can understand why you would miss it.

    1. Oh yes.. quite a big difference! There is a Cascade Range of mountains that runs from the Columbia River south throughout Oregon (it also runs north up into Washington too) and on the west side, it is all lush and green and a ton of rain.. and to the east of the mountains, it is DRY DRY DRY. Rainfall about 10" per year, compared to up to 100" per year on the west side. If you look at my Feb. 20, 2016 Saturday Serenity post, you will see all around Lake Billy Chinook is is brown and no trees. There ARE some areas of central Oregon that are at a higher elevation so there are more trees, but also more snow! I'll have to post some Madras and central Oregon photos! Marilyn


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