BENCH PRESSED…

It is difficult to fathom that summer is quickly but quietly eroding into another season. “What happened to all those sun-filled days?” will soon be a question asked by all  true-blue Portlandians who long for sun weather, but also wet weather…and then continually complain about both.  No matter. My Reader is polishing the wellies (including my Yellows), digging out the brollies and unburdening the rain jackets from the darkest recesses of the wardrobe.

First, however, we get to watch and participate in the grandeur of the annual colour show of leaves and celebrate their appearance.  Eventually,  on all surfaces…

Chapman Square Park Bench
Bench Pressed with Morning Dew
Bench Pressed Dew Two
Benched…
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53 thoughts on “BENCH PRESSED…

    1. And…here I was thinking about your style…and how much I enjoy how you string your words together. It’s amazes me…syntax…and all that. Like faces…we share common traits but are all so unique in construction. Same as writing styles, no? Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  1. Ah, golden fall leaves. Tears of the sun. Not aspen. Looks more like … ginko? (I wouldn’t know a ginko if it fell on me.) The leaves are turning in Denver. Have been for a while, but now I can call it “fall” instead of “drought.”

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    1. Way too kind, J. No match (not that I’m trying) for your own artistic captures. Thank you for the comment. It is always good to hear your voice and always a pleasure to be taken along for a visual “walk” down fence-lined paths…on your side of the world….

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  2. Love the title to this post and the pictures and colours are amazing. Thought I’d wonder over and say hello from a mutual friend’s blog. Your WP name caught my eye. Being an Aussie, we’re heading into Spring and Summer but then again we have always been a little upside down! Looking forward to reading you.

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  3. Hi – lovely post with nice piccies.
    Re my private blog, trying to invite you, but wordpress is not recognising that you exist. Are you on some ethereal plane?
    Seem real enough to me.
    I will try again using the address of this comment space and see what happens.

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    1. I thought I was real, or I think I’m real, or I used to be real, or I’d like to be real if I’m not really real.

      Was going to comment on your post “Thought for the Day” and gave up….I’m flummoxed over the US stance on gun control…and why we (all of “us” really) can’t come to grips with reality. Who destroyed common sense? Apologies. I’m done.

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      1. I’ve done it! I was being stupid – not unusual – but have finally put in the requisite handle and had it recognised, so you should get the invitation, though I’m not sure how it will arrive.
        I hope it is in a cream embossed envelope with gold writing and a small pink bow.
        Pleeeeeeeeeeease tell me if you hate it.

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        1. The gold plated tray with the cream embossed envelope, held by that handsome old man with graying hair at the temples, tall and not stooped, and with the semi-flat stomach (I’ve got to be realistic)…may be waiting in my mail box as we speak….I’ll go check!

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      2. And by the way, common sense disappeared some years ago. It went with responsibility and the ability to say ‘no’ to children.

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            1. Is it “Clean Death”? Your “other” blog? I started reading earlier…it came up in your gravatar…is that the one. It has One….Two….at the top of the banner? If not…I haven’t received anything yet and that handsome semi-old man is waiting for his tip…..

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                1. OIY!!!! I THINK WE’VE GOT IT!!!!!!! Clicked on the lipstick link and it offered a “request” from me…to you…to enter the golden gates with the silver plated key….not to be confused with the silver plated plate holding the cream coloured envelope. Thanks, Pat. See you soon!!!!!

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  4. Jots,
    These are magnificent pictures. You make Fall welcoming, which for a Canadian, says a great deal…
    Le Clown

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  5. Great photos. I’m all for colorful leaves–I love fall.

    I just read an article on how Portland is so conducive to bicyclists. Do you ride your bike a lot? I believe the article was in USA Today.

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    1. Portland is conducive to a lot of things: bikes, food, weirdos, bikes, tats/piercings, food, bikes, food, organic food…and organic bikes. Yes, I have a bike…a mountain bike and I ride it not as often as I should. We have the Bridge Pedal every year…12 bridges over 27 miles…25,000 bikers, foodies, weirdos. Did it… What a hoot!! Then we have the Naked Bike Ride…this year 10,000 naked bikers, foodies, weirdos…mostly organic, you think? Hoots AND Hooters!!! Downtown Portland. Please note: I didn’t do the Naked Bike Ride…I live downtown. Naked? In my own neighbourhood? Geez Louise…that would be ugly.

      You have Colorado Aspens. Colourful Colorado Aspens. My favourite…..

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      1. Are there Colorado Aspens in Ohio? 😉

        I’ve heard of the Naked Bike Ride. Didn’t know it was in Portland. Brave, brave people. And yes, weird.

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          1. I’ve never lived in Colorado. I do have a sister there, though. I was raised in North Dakota, moved to Iowa, and now am in Ohio. I’m really moving up in the world (or down, I guess…)

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            1. Kidding, Carrie….I thought you lived in CO…and was joshing about you moving to Ohio. Which now begs the question to be asked: are there trees in Ohio? now that you live there and not Colorado….snort!

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              1. Surprisingly, we have lots of lovely trees in Ohio. I’m actually close to a state park, and I love nothing more than to drive or walk through it in the fall. Really beautiful colors.

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  6. Very pretty.
    I used to love Autumn when I lived in Colorado and all the leaves were changing.
    It’s not quite as dramatic when it happens her in Australia.
    *sigh*
    Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Laura

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          1. Count me in!
            Is that 5p your time or mine?
            I think I might be a fair bit ahead of you in the time zones. 🙂
            If I’m late, start without me. 🙂
            Cheers,
            Laura

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    1. Just beginning here, El G. The Northwest doesn’t compare to the plethora (don’t you just love that word?) of colour in your side of the world..but we do our best.

      Falling leaves…changing of the guard…so to speak.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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