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Unexpected Color Surprise

We never visited Oregon in October before we moved here.We were here in early September and late November and often in December. So It is an unexpected and delightful surprise to find glorious fall color in our neighborhood. Eastmoreland had an abundance of old and stately trees. Even the elms, which have been wiped out in much of the US, abound in our neighborhood. I think I love them most. The are very tall and the leaves are yellow. Yesterday afternoon, Mr C, Maggie and I took a walk in the late afternoon sunshine and got these photos.

Here are some of the elms:






Here are some other beautiful fall sites in the neighborhood.





These are a couple of shots of the Reed College Campus. I love how the sun is making the elms glow in the background.



Here are some shots of the landscaping, Phase 1.

This is the bluestone walkway. the rest of the walk will be done next year. You can see that my lime green Japanese Maples have gotten their fall color, too.




Tomorrow night, we are having our first non-family dinner party. Our church has a program called Sojourners. Groups of eight meet together for a year. Some go out to restaurants, but we have a group that likes to entertain at home. I am making the main course, and the rest of the meal will be brought by other members of the group. I’m making pork with figs in a balsamic vinegar sauce and polenta with roasted butternut squash.

7 Responses to “Unexpected Color Surprise”

  1. What beautiful yellows and a lovely neighborhood too!

  2. Judy says:

    Thanks for the lovely Autumn tour of your neighborhood. I did not realize that the Elms were spared in Portland! You are indeed lucky.
    Our Episcopal church, and many in this area, have “Foyers”, which is a group of 4 couples that meat once in each home (takes about 6 months realistically). It seems that we just get attached and then move on to another group. I like your idea better…I may suggest that we try it for a year and see how it goes.
    Your part of the meal sounds yummy!!

  3. Deborah says:

    So lovely! Have a wonderful dinner party. We are doing a church activity tonight too — Trunk or Treat. All the families parade around the parking lot for candy and fun!

  4. jenclair says:

    Mmmmm. The menu sounds delicious.

    Great autumn color. I do love fall and the wonder of trees in their final glory.

  5. DebR says:

    Beautiful photos, Gerrie! Thanks so much for sharing a journey through your neighborhood.

  6. Acey says:

    oh I have spent this windy storm weekend watching all the elm trees leave the tree next door. Was nice to see these pics as a quick refresher of why I was so sad to see them go.

    Can’t wait to see the plantings by mid-summer and next fall!

  7. Kathie says:

    We used to belong to a church-related dinner group like that. It was fun! Enjoy. Your part of the menu sounds like a winner.