I fell in love with Oregon during my first visit back in 2006.
That visit allowed us to explore the beautiful Willamette Valley from Eugene in central Oregon north to Washington’s Puget Sound.
Abundant rainfall and mild temperatures make this a nearly perfect region for growing gargantuan, gorgeous plants of all types.
Farms and orchards here are prolific. Vivid flowers bloom through a long season late into autumn.
Fields, forests, and vineyards form a patchwork of green across the hills and valleys.
And nearly all of the trees are “furry.”
It was an early spring visit, a few years later, which highlighted Oregon’s “furry trees.”
Hardwood branches grow cloaked in several varieties of moss and fern.
High humidity and frequent rain showers encourages lush moss to grow along trunk and branches.
(Actually, lush Oregon moss grows on wood, stone, brick, concrete… buildings… One dare not sit still outside for too long, if you get my meaning….)
Some trees grow dressed in several different sorts of mosses, lichens, and also have walking ferns growing along their horizontal branches.
It is an unusually beautiful sight!
This summer’s heat and drought has taken a toll on the usually lush and green landscape. Nearly the entire state, even along the coast, has experienced a drought over the last year.
However, I still found some “furry trees” in the lovingly tended gardens at the aquarium in Newport.
Now that I’m back home in Virginia, rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest. It is raining there today, as it is here, along much of the Atlantic coast.
The Earth is renewed with this welcome moisture.
I hope the ferns and mosses are soaking up this rain and will bounce back, green and vibrant, lush and beautiful; all thoughts of drought washed away in the autumn rain.
My own garden is responding to today’s rain, and I expect the “furry trees” of Oregon are loving it as well!
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014