It’s spring in South Beach, Oregon

It’s spring in South Beach, Oregon, when everything is even greener than usual. This year, we’ve had intense rain, followed by weeks of sun, and now our days alternate between sun and showers, so everything is in bloom. The Scotch Broom, bane to many allergy sufferers, turns our paths bright yellow. Salmonberries, thimbleberries and blackberries are beginning to fruit, and the robins, present year-round, are getting drunk on the juice. On our daily walks, Annie and I are enjoying mostly dry days when we can take our time to enjoy all that mother nature has to offer without getting our feet wet. For me, it’s flowers. March’s white trilliums are purple now, the rhododendrons are blooming in all shades of pink, purple, and red, and wild daisies dot the paths with white. For Annie, it’s a buffet of sweet green leaves, sword ferns, and deer droppings to smell and roll in. It’s getting harder to stay inside at the computer. Time to get outside and take a walk. 

Annie will stop at nothing to get a close look at something that smells interesting on our walks. This was a good one.
The salmonberries, cousin to the blackberry, are fruiting.
Across a ravine filled with blackberries, Scotch Broom, spruce, pines and alders, we can see the Newport Airport.

Author: Sue Fagalde Lick

writer/musician California native, Oregon resident Author of Freelancing for Newspapers, Shoes Full of Sand, Azorean Dreams, Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage, and Up Beaver Creek. Most recently, I have published two poetry chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Confessions of a Distracted Catholic. I have published hundreds of articles, plus essays, fiction and poetry. I'm also pretty good at singing and playing guitar and piano.

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