Sunday, October 30, 2011

All my relations

Okay, I confess: I'm not one of those Oregonians who loves the rain. I'm always sorry to see the lovely summer chased away by the descent of the dark damp days.

You gotta pet it, right? How could you resist?
But...this time of year, the lichens and mosses are once again all plumped and beautiful, and they make such absolutely pettable pelts on the trees. 

And here on the western side of the Cascades, those mosses and lichens grow on anything that doesn't keep moving--tree branches and trunks, stumps, and rocks, and the trail side itself. 

You'd best keep moving if you don't want to end up like this.

Dude, that wig isn't fooling anyone.

But in the end, I really can't complain too much. As people who live here are fond of pointing out, it's the rain that keeps the Pacific Northwest so green. 

Besides, repeatedly reassuring ourselves of that helps to relieve the tedium of the downpours.


  1. I've never minded the rain too much, except when it continues on past July TWO YEARS in a row. I also love the heat. In the tropics, where we lived for four years we got rain AND heat. Heaven. I truly dislike the cold, however--which for me is anything below 70.

  2. NOOOO!!! Gimmme sunshine.  More sunshine.  It may have been Jack Nicholson (when shooting The Shining) who said, Being in the Northwest is like wrapping a wet blanket around you, stepping into a fridge, and closing the door.  Amen least if you live in the valley.

  3. I am utterly and completely comforted by drizzle and excited by rain. All my cells jump up and holler. I have no explanation for this, but it sure comes in handy around here.

  4. Carolyn on Haida GwaiiOctober 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    I love the moss and lichens and the Pacific Northwest but sometimes there is just a little too much of the liquid sunshine!  Lovely photos.  Thanks for sharing.

  5. Come February, I will be ready to run away for some sunshine - even to the stinkin'desert.  but right now, I love the coziness of being inside and dry,  and the cool, seductive kiss of the fine drizzle.  And at least it's not snow!

  6. Oh so beautiful, the mosses---spectacular, really---they look like mutations of the meager mosses in our corner---but I fear I could not tolerate so much rain---it's why I live in the sunny south, where very few days go by without at least one good sunny block of time---in all seasons.  But then, except for our particular  left winged community and circle of friends,  I think I like your general population better :-)--did I really say that in a public venue?

  7. Your tidbits are most helpful. Thanks! BTW, I let a friend read Kidnapping the Lorax. She absolutely loved it as I knew she would. 

  8. I remember those thick mossy limbs lying here and there as I hiked through the woods.  That was then; now I wonder if they squish when you put your hand on them.

  9. I've lived in the desert for so long...I love visiting green, cool places but love the heat. Too bad we can't have green and drought/heat all together!