Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A peaceful garden and a ground squirrel mooch

The peacefulness of the Japanese Garden in Portland soothed an overstimulated conference attendee (that's me). I love interacting with like-minded folks, but I'm also used to having a LOT more quiet time than occurs in back to back sessions (no matter how interesting). I know I have company here -- many garden writers and photographers are reflective and observant, and not necessarily 24/7 types. I spoke to several like-minded folks today. So visiting the Japanese Garden was an antidote to the conference experience in closed-in rooms and no windows.

These rose buds in the Portland Rose Garden near the Japanese Garden were my favorite image from a striking garden.

This fellow has his territory near the snack stand staked out. It involves coaxes tourists into feeding him/her.


  1. I can't believe you got a picture of that squirrel! He was something else. I'm totally blogging about him and linking to your picture.

  2. This squirrel was definitely an opportunist. I wish I'd taken a picture of all of the garden writers taking his picture.

    An older colleague walking by was rather fussy, saying 'why are you all paying attention to that squirrel instead of the plants'? Whatever! He was a mooch, to be sure.

    You never know when you might need a cute ground squirrel picture, after all.

  3. Dear LKW,

    I stumbled onto your blog this morning. It is an amazing feast for the eyes! I want to find out if you'd allow me to use the picture of the rose-bud (3 pink roses at different stages of blooming) on my newly created blog?
    Kind regards,
    Elizabeth Herr

  4. Elizabeth-
    Thanks for your nice comments about my blog. And, thanks for asking about the rose image - you're welcome to use it.

  5. Thank you so very much!!



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