During these warm sunny days of this seemingly never-ending summer, I find myself searching for shade, lovely shade. There isn’t much to be found in my own back yard due to lack of inspiration and decisiveness for a garden plan until very recently. I’m envious of those SE Portland neighborhoods shaded by mature elms in Ladd’s Addition and Eastmoreland.
One of my favorite Portland drives at any time of year is on SE McLoughlin Boulevard. But summer is the best time — when the canopy of trees almost touch in the middle over head offering brief cool respite from the long days of bright sunshine. Here’s the view north from the east edge of Westmoreland Park.
And south toward the Tacoma Street off ramp:
There’s a lot more light coming through than in past years. Trees have been removed along the east side where the light rail is being expanded. Bybee Boulevard overpass is partially closed during construction.
I’ve always called out “tree tunnel!” to my children in the car with me as we drive under the leafy passage. Together we then silently acknowledge the unique feeling of traveling through a space created by the organic architecture of verdant growth.