Ross Island, Portland, OR
Squirrel Graffiti in Ladd's Addition, Portland, OR
Cherry Blossoms on the Waterfront, Portland, OR
Boy & Bean (that link plays music) at Atlantis Lounge/Mississippi Pizza Pub in Portland, OR
Rose Festival CityFair on the Waterfront, Portland, OR
Starfish at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR
Pickathon Music Festival, Pendarvis Farm near Portland, OR
Vaux's Swifts at Chapman Elementary School, Portland, OR
Migrating Cranes fly over as we walk up to the Pittock Mansion, Portland, OR
Miniature Room at the Art Institute, decorated for Christmas, Chicago, IL
Snowy Owl in Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL (more on this in a future post!)
I can't complain too much about the last year. It's been filled with nature, live music, lots of great walks and a couple of great visits with my family in Chicago at the end end of the year. Last year one of my resolutions (though I try not to make those typically) was to walk 500 miles. I stopped counting several months into the year when we reached something like 300 miles, and we kept on walking a lot so I'm sure I accomplished my goal. This year we climbed up to Washington Park without much effort, which I'm sure was not the case when we first moved here. The only similar goal we have for this year is to keep it up and to finally make it over to Forest Park (somehow we haven't been yet) and spend lots of time hiking through it.
More pictures from my year are in the 2011 Highlights set on flickr, which I'm still working on wrapping up...once I get the last pictures uploaded from my Chicago visit, I should be close. Then it's on to filling up a new 2012 set! I have a feeling it's going to be a very good year.