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This Week in Portland - March 10 to March 17, 2012


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The Portland Shamrock Run is next weekend and that means Spring is just around the corner!   We all survived another Portland winter and can come out of hibernation.  I have been really excited about the spring flowering bulbs and trees, birds chirping outside my window early in the morning, and best of all-- it isn't pitch black dark outside when I come home from work!     Woo hoo!


Daylight Savings Time - Set your Clocks Ahead One Hour

As a reminder, Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00am.  Move your clocks ahead 1 hour in spring ("Spring forward, fall back").

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It may not have felt spring-like last weekend at the annual grand opening of the Portland Saturday Market, where Rachel Carlson snapped this series of images (thanks, Rachel!)  But, there are many warmer weather days, ahead!  Photo slideshow uploaded by Rachel Carlson:



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Photo Album Credit: Portland Saturday Market 2012, by Rachel Carlson



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We've been attracting some great new community and neighborhood organizations and businesses to our Portland Events calendar. This week I wanted to introduce you to a worthy cause: Neighborhood House and SW Hope.  What is it, you ask?

What is SW HOPE?  

Feed the Hungry -  Since 2006, each spring Southwest Portland Faith Organizations and Community Partners work together to meet the needs of hungry people in Southwest Portland.  In 2012, the need continues to be at the highest level we've ever experienced.

What is the need?
  • Oregon is currently #1 in the nation for child food insecurity.  Despite some economic improvements, too many of our neighbors are going hungry.

  • Neighborhood House operates the largest food pantry on Portland’s west side, currently providing emergency food boxes to approximately 500 families (or 1,200 individuals) each month, up from 270 before the recession hit.

  • Through our combined efforts, our goal is to collect 150,000 pounds of food, or the cash equivalent ($1= 5 lbs).  This will allow us to feed our hungry neighbors in SW Portland for 3 months (at current usage level).


Your donation matters! A financial contribution makes the biggest impact. Because of our partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, we are able to purchase food at deeply discounted prices, so that every $1 donated equals at least 5 lbs. of food.

This weekend is Families Against Hunger Weekend.  Read More and Donate, Here.


Secret Society Vintage Soul Music on Saturday

I am fortunate to live within walking distance of The Secret Society lounge on Russell Street, so when I read about their Second Saturdays vintage soul music event, I was excited to share it with you.  If you haven't visited Secret Society yet, it is definitely worth a visit.: vintage old ballroom and speakeasy lounge, housed in the cool space above Toro Bravo, next door to Wonder Ballroom.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Starting Saturday March 10 and every 2nd Saturday after that, the Secret Society Ballroom will be hosting a new DJ'd dance night, SOULCIETY! DJ Drew Groove and Guest DJ Katrina Martiani select Vintage Soul and Rhythm N Blues records for your dancing pleasure all night long! Dress up & get down!

Second Saturday Soul, DJ Drew Groove, and DJ Katrina Martiani
  • Show 9:00 PM,  21+
  • Door price - $4
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Powells Books Smallpresspalooza

From Powells.com: Powell's celebrates Small Press Month with the fifth annual Smallpressapalooza. At Powells City of Books on Burnside (1005 W Burnside). This four-hour-marathon reading features some of the best small press authors from Portland and beyond. Readers include:

* 6:00 Randy Blazak ( Mission of the Sacred Heart)
* 6:15 Ryan Chin (Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows)
* 6:30 Elly Blue (PDX by Bike, Bikenomics)
* 6:45 (break)

* 7:00 Adam Gnade (Heat and the Hot Earth)
* 7:15 Daniel Libman (Married But Looking)
* 7:30 Martha Grover (One More for the People)
* 7:45 (break)

* 8:00 Joseph Riippi (The Orange Suitcase, A Cloth House)
* 8:15 Anonymous (Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You're Not Making...)
* 8:30 Lisa Wells (Beast, Yeah. No. Totally.)
* 8:45 (break)

* 9:00 Sierra Nelson (I Take Back the Sponge Cake)
* 9:15 Diana Salier (Wikipedia Says It Will Pass)
* 9:30 Brian S. Ellis (Yesterday Won't Goodbye)
* 9:45 (the end)



Spring

Rob Creighton GarrisonBy Rob Creighton Garrison, PortlandNeighborhood.com Guest Writer

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain



I'm ready. Are you?

I embrace all weathers in all seasons, but like anyone else I look forward to the changes. I used to say I was a “cold-weather person”, but I've come to realize I wouldn't be quite as sanguine about wind chills and such if I had to face it every single day. (In younger and less-sociable days I declared myself an ideal candidate for a lonesome life at an arctic research facility, but I've found since that I don't like snow much at all, plus I saw John Carpenter's The Thing and decided cold + snow + flame-throwers didn't add up to as fun a time as I'd prefer.)

Just as I'm moved by the misty, eerie atmosphere of the cold months to venture out in my raincoat or oilskin to travel muddy trails and mossy sidewalks, I'm inspired by Portland's springs and summers to breathe deeply and turn my face to the sun. From my closet come my straw hats, from my dresser come my cargo shorts (note to self: research spray-tanning establishments). My bicycle feels the love as I haul it out to the sidewalk for a scrub and lube, not necessarily because it needs it but because it's a pleasant thing to do in the sunshine. Perspiration generated by a hike feels more honestly earned in warm weather as opposed to the sweat running under heavy layers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          People seem to sprout from the sidewalks like the tufts of grass through the cracks. Southeast Hawthorne, Belmont, Northwest 23rd, Northeast Alberta, even downtown Portland suddenly teems with pedestrians whose shopping gene switches have been tripped by blessing rays, or whom stride the streets just to be there, out and about, taking part. I know soon there'll be an outdoor seat at a café or pub beckoning my sun-lazed hindquarters to abide into the late afternoon and probably even the evening if I have sufficiently weighted pockets and a hole in my schedule. Beer outdoors is great beer, and the same goes for conversation; there always seems to be a thawing of bonhomie and the talk flows out of your neighbors as in no other season. Even when sitting on my own with a book, the surrounding susurrations (and often more strident declarations; this is Portland, where every citizen is entitled to hear a political opinion if not hold one) from fellow diners and imbibers impart a feeling of inclusion and participation.

Smiles come more readily, forgiveness of sins seem more plentiful. Or is it just me? When you're high, other people seem so too.

As I write this the forecast is for 61 degrees. I'll be on a walk or a ride later today. Spring now finally feels inevitable and I'm getting a jump on it. Those rainy days still to come? A tease, the last few veils dropping before winter leaves the stage. Give her a round of enthusiastic applause, but please, do turn your attentions to the next attraction.




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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner is Rachel Carlson, for uploading a whole series of Portland Saturday Market images from this past weekend's grand opening!


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Portland Saturday Market by Rachel Carlson

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Each week we select one photo to be featured as the Portland photo of the week winner.  Upload your Portland photos to the photo album for a chance to win.  Rachel will receive a gift certificate to a local Portland business just for sharing her photo!

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  This week's winner gets a gift certificate to Bare Bones Cafe.   Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

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Portland St. Patrick's Day Events

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Portland!  Our Portland St. Patricks Day Events page is a good place to find Portland Irish Pubs, Restaurants, and other places to celebrate St. Patricks in Portland. We will also update the Portland Events Calendar with St. Patrick's Events, but feel free to post your own Portland St. Paddy's events, too!

Here are just a handful of Portland St. Patrick's Day 2012 events:

Portand Shamrock Run 2012

Oregon Symphony Portland St. Patrick's Day Celebration

71st Annual St. Patricks Day Festival - All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon

Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

St. Patrick's Day at McMenamins Restaurants, Pubs, and Hotels

Kell's Annual St. Patricks Irish Festival

In honor of St. Patrick's Day in Portland, there are several Portland Irish Music celebrations. Crystal Ballroom Hosts "Under a Blood Red Sky, the U2 Tribute", with Ashleigh Flynn and River City Pipe Band. Saturday March 17th at Crystal Ballroom.

McMenamins Kennedy School has Freak Mountain Ramblers and a host of other bands, all day next Saturday starting at 11am.

Check our Portland Live Music page to see more venues to find more music events in Portland.

Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.  

We select a handful of events off the calendar each week to feature here in the weekly blog.  If you would like to make sure your event appears in the blog, please visit our Advertising page for more information on a featured placement.


Brain Development 101

March 24, 2012 from 8am to 5pm – Aloha, Oregon  Is your child struggling With Hypersensitivity, ADD/ADHD, Learning Difficulties, Motor Skills, Autism/Asperger’s, Developmental Delay, Inappropriate Behavior, Poor Eye Contact, or Inattentiveness?  Attend the Brain Development 101 Seminar and learn the root cause of most learning problems, the importance of physical movement for brain organization, why a new approach may be most effective for your child, why "labels" may not be helpful for your child's progress, the critical role of nutrition in brain function and more. This seminar is taught by Donna Bateman, a Neurodevelopmental Specialist and mother of eight. Organized by www.parentswithpurpose.com Type:Seminar

Families Against Hunger Weekend

We're proud to announce a new initiative this year to support SW HOPE: Families Against Hunger Weekend, March 9-11.  Everyone is trying to economize these days, so this year, why not "Dine-IN to Help-Out"?

Here's how it works:

  1. Stay home for dinner (how easy is that?!)
  2. Talk with your kids about hunger and how your family can make a difference for those facing food insecurity.
  3. Donate online at www.swhope.org.
  4. Submit your stories about your weekend on our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/nhpdx 

Everyone who donates March 9-11 will be entered into a raffle for a great family fun package!  Organized by Neighborhood House

POWFest: Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival

March 9, 2012 to March 11, 2012"Hollywood Theatre" POWFest: Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival 2012 POWFest is March 8-11, 2012 at Portland's Historic  Hollywood Theatre! http://www.powfest.com/ Organized by POWFest | Type: powfest

Emerging: New Photography Acquisitions

March 10, 2012 at 10am to June 17, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Emerging, a selection of more than 50 works, celebrates the diversity and breadth of a set of 500 recent gifts and purchases. Included are images by such exceptional photographers as Adolphe Braun, B Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum, exhibit  

Tree-Mendous Second Saturday

March 10, 2012 from 10am to 10:30am – World Forestry Center Tree-Mendous Second Saturday March 10 - 10:30am - 3pm  Come join us on Saturday for a dirt and soil themed Tree-Mendous Second Saturday with a crafts,  activities, hikes, storytelling, and more!  Don Organized by | Type: children's, event  

Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade

March 10, 2012 from 12pm to 8pm – St. Agatha Catholic School Come join the fun at the Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade at St. Agatha Catholic School. Hundreds of people will kick-off the festival as they parade through the main streets o Organized by Amy Gilbertz Delegato | Type: st., patrick's, day, festival  

It's Showtime! Opening Reception

March 10, 2012 from 3pm to 4:30pm – Central Library, Collins Gallery Join us in exploring the most influential Jewish songwriters and their legacies. Enjoy your favorite Broadway musicals and light refreshments at the exhibition opening reception for “A Fine Romance: Organized by Multnomah County Library | Type: exhibition, opening, reception  

Rothko Chapel: A Conversation in Words and Music

March 10, 2012 from 7:30pm to 9pm – Portland Art Museum, Kridel Ballroom Experience the exhibit Mark Rothko through music inspired by the abstract expressionism of the artist and his contemporaries. This program features the landmark music composition, Rothko Chapel. The Organized by Portland Art Museum, Third Angle Music Ensemble | Type: performance  

Pour-em Pub Crawl

March 10, 2012 at 8pm to March 11, 2012 at 12:15am – Green Dragon Hop around pubs in the inner Southeast while making Mishloach Manot (gifts of food - mmmmm, Hamantaschen!) Portland’s own Chalk-let Candy Bus will help us get our sweet on! Wear a costume - there’s a Organized by Josh Lake | Type: holiday, celebration  

BROKEN FLOWERS

March 11, 2012 from 7pm to 8pm – ZOOMTOPIA Agnieszka Laska Dancers photo © Chris Leck Saturday March 17 • 7:00 pm BROKEN FLOWERS — ALD’s newest work in progress, addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, devel Organized by Agnieszka Laska | Type: dance, performance  

The Parker Quartet

March 13, 2012 from 12pm to 1:30pm – Portland Art Museum, Schnitzer Sculpture Court On March 13, the award-winning Parker Quartet will perform at the Portland Art Museum. The Parker Quartet is widely regarded as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.  The Quartet won a G Organized by Portland Art Museum, Portland Friends of Chamber Music | Type: musical, performance  

Jackie Kashian "The Dork Forest"

March 14, 2012 at 8pm to March 17, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Wednesday 03/14 – 8PM $10 Thursday 03/15 – 8PM $15 Friday 03/16 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Saturday 03/17 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Jackie has been a national touring comic for over 15 years. She has her ow Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy  

Kell's Annual St. Patricks Irish Festival

March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012Kells ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S IRISH FESTIVALKells Irish Restaurant & Pub 112 SW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 March 15-18 2012 Children welcome on Saturday in the Front Tent from noon until 8pm and Organized by Kells | Type: portland st patricks day events

Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012"Thirsty Lion" Saint Patrick's 2012 Weekend Festival Fri Mar 16th - Sun Mar 18th Thirsty Lion is bringing Saint Patricks Weekend Festival back this year from Friday, March 16th through Sunday March 18th. With 23 be Organized by Thirsty Lion | Type: portland st patricks events

St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Oregon Symphony

March 17, 2012 to March 18, 2012"Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by the great Irish tenor John McDermott, and the vibrant dancing of Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. If you’re not Irish when the s Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: portland st. patricks day

71st Annual St. Patricks Day Festival - All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon

March 17, 2012 all day – "Ambridge Event Center" All-Ireland Cultural Society's73rd Anniversary71st Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration  Saturday, March 17, 2012 The Ambridge Event Center (AKA Rosary Hall)                                   376 NE Organized by All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon | Type: portland st patricks events

There are a ton more Portland events on the calendar, come check it out and feel free to post your own Events, too!


  March 2012 Portland Real Estate Market Report

Ross and Leah Seligman by Ross and Leah Seligman

 

March 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: Wow have things changed!


Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In February 2012, inventory has dropped with 1774 homes on the market.   In February 2012, 389 homes sold and 610 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Inventory is Down 35.2%

Closed Sales are Up 15.8%.

Pending sales are Up 36.2%. 

 

Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $142. In February 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $132.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Average Price/Square Foot has decreased 0.2%

Days on market and sold/list price %:


This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 80 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In February 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 5.9%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 3.4%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In February 2012, this figure was $281,000.


Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

The average price of a home listed has increased 5.7%.

The average price of a home sold has increased 5.6%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In February 2012, this figure was 4.6 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 4.6 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 80 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 4.6 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 24.6%.

About the report:

They are a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at: http://www.propertiesofportland.com.

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

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Open House this Sunday March 11 - Beautiful North Tabor Bungalow for Sale

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, March 11th, 1-3PM - Beautiful North Tabor Bungalow

5811 NE Flanders St Portland OR 97213

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

2204 SQ FT

See the listing at:  

http://www.propertiesofportland.com/12164883



See more photos, here.

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Best Portland Real Estate Deals of the Week

Each week, Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.  We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the price spectrum.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:   March 5th - March 12th

2208 NE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $1,450,000

See the full listing here

4315 NE 81ST AVE Portland, OR 97218 - Roseway - $252,500

See the full listing here


Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:  www.propertiesofportland.com



Member Blog - Maricara Natural Area

PDX Nature Net on PortlandNeighborhood.com by PDX Nature Nut

Hidden away in the Markham neighborhood of Southwest Portland, very near Tryon Creek State Natural Area, is a much smaller woodland called Maricara Natural Area.  Though it may be small (17 acres compared to Tryon Creek's nearly 7,000), it's certainly not lacking when it comes to beauty or providing that woodsy sense of seclusion that we nature-loving Portlandians crave.



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There is not a lot of parking available around the park.  The natural area is really tucked into the neighborhood, and there is no parking lot.  So I would encourage you to hike, bike, or use TriMet (Click here to Open TripPlanner).  Route 43 will get you within a half mile of the park's western edge.

Maricara Natural Area consists of mostly second-growth Douglas fir and Big Leaf Maple woodlands. The forest surrounds a wooded wetland area which is the headwaters for a small stream that flows into Arnold Creek, then on to Tryon Creek and the Willamette River.  The elevation between any two points in the park only differs by about 100 feet, so no steep hikes here.


The Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) was just beginning to sprout its lance-shaped leaves when I visited.  I thought it was interesting that the leaves were sprouting before the flower racemes.  In my yard, which gets full sun, the the flower racemes come into full bloom before you see this much leaf.  I wonder if it has to do with the amount of sun received.

I love the ferns growing in the moss on this tree.

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

When I spotted this little brown bird making its way up the trunk of a Douglas Fir, I thought it was some type of nuthatch, even though I knew that nuthatches usually travel head-first down the tree.  I couldn't see the curved beak until I got home and enlarged the photo.  Nuthatches have straight, stout, pointed bills.  This bird, as it turns out, is a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana).  They use their long, sturdy tails for support as they move spirally up tree trunks, probing for insects and spiders.  (The tail of a nuthatch is shorter - they don't use them for support because their heads are usually facing down the trunk.)

Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) enjoying Douglas fir seeds

As I was walking quietly along, I heard the distinct sound of nibbling.  I scanned the trees and saw this Douglas Squirrel having lunch.  It had almost worked its way through a Douglas fir cone, like a big piece of corn on the cob.


I thought the corona of fungus around this log was interesting.


The photo above shows one of the wooded wetland areas.  More of a "dampland" really.  I'm sure it's wetter at times - this hasn't been one of our rainiest periods recently - but this is not the kind of wetland with lots of open water to attract ducks and geese.  A very understated wetland, for the woodland creatures to enjoy.


On the south side of the park, coming up from the bridge across the creek, the ground was just covered with the young plants pictured above.  I could be wrong, but I think this is Western (or Pacific) Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), one of our native wildflowers.  It's hard for me to tell when they're so young, but if I'm right, this will be a beautiful spot to visit in a couple weeks or so.


Lots of Oregon Grape.  I believe this is the shorter variety, Dull Oregon Grape (Mahonia nervosa), as opposed to Tall Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), which is Oregon's State Flower.  There's also Creeping Oregon grape (Mahonia repens), but it's leaves are not as sharply toothed.


The Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) pictured above seems to be growing out of an old stump.  I thought maybe it was a rotted old Douglas fir stump that played host to a Big Leaf Maple seedling.  On closer inspection, the bark on the "stump" appears to be Big Leaf Maple as well.  Definitely not conifer bark.  I believe it's some kind of burl on the tree - it doesn't really appear to be a stump at all.


This is the upper portion of that same Big Leaf Maple- showing off its luxurious coat of moss and fern greenery.


Lots of bird houses around the park.  I noticed a "PSU" marking on a couple.  Some Portland State University study or project?


This picture looks very primeval.  Those logs have been there a while.

So that's my visit to Maricara Natural Area.  The park is a real jewel, and I recommend you check it out soon!  If you do, let me know if those "Bleeding Hearts" are in bloom.

For more info on Maricara Natural Area, visit the park's Intertwine page, and the Portland Parks & Recreation page, where you can download a trail and contour map, as well as a planning document which tells all about the park's species, condition, and planning for improvements (some of which have been completed).


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