Thursday, March 17, 2011

Get Your Green On With Metro's GreenScene

 Happy St. Patrick's Day, nature lovers!

As a fellow fan of nature, green just may be one of your favorite colors.  To celebrate the day, and the coming of Spring in general, this post begins with a tribute to the verdant color, through a selection of photos from the Nature of Portland photo group on Flickr.  Then, stay tuned after the photos for some information about a great resource from Metro, which can help you live greener and play greener.

When it comes to the endless shades of green, the Portland Metro Area can certainly hold its own against the Emerald Isle. Need convincing?  Just look at these photos taken by members of the Nature of Portland photo group.

Drops on the Green 1 of 2 | orb9220

Curly Green | Matthew and Tracie

Trillium | Ben Amstutz

Green Finger's in the Light of Portland Chinese Garden | orb9220

garage spider | incanus

Laying on the Green | orb9220
Verdant Path | Matthew and Tracie
That's a whole lotta' green!

If you're interested in tips for living green, finding nature-related activities, or certifying your backyard as habitat, check out Metro's Spring GreenScene.  The site provides a ton of great ideas to get you out and about, enjoying the Nature of Portland this Spring.  There's a calendar of events (I've already picked out a volunteer opportunity with Friends of Trees this Saturday), and you can download a walking guide to Hillsboro's Rock Creek Trail, where you can view lots of native trees, shrubs and flowers.  Sounds like a nice place for a nature walk - has anyone ever been there?

Be safe, be green - and I'll leave you with an old Irish blessing...

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.


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