Blossoming on the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland

I used to live within walking distance of the South Portland Greenebelt in the 1990s and spent many days here staying ahead of my anxieties one step at a time. I was young, single, had a dream job that had been created just for me in the Old Port (with parking!) and a cute little house. Yet serenity then was still elusive. Walking here always helped me feel more calm and centered. It had been years since I was here last so I decided to revisit it today despite it being cool and cloudy.

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Reflections and how we both perceive and receive them is always changing.

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The clouds were kind enough to let rays of sunlight slide through.

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This wall of buoys has been here for decades.

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Not so for the graffiti.

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There were many flowering trees today with pretty buds to admire.

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I saw the woman above picking at something on the ground. I assumed she was foraging. “Fiddleheads?” I asked as I walked by. No. Butts! Turns out that this bench is her mother’s memorial. I offered to post this pic as a PSA to remind people to please pick up your butts from the ground when you picks yours up off of the memorial benches!

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Buoys, butts, buds and next, blossoms!

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They smell so wonderful!

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Can anyone identify these leaves?

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Is it just me, or does it look like these new leaves are flexing some muscle?

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I’m in such a different place now than when I first came here as that young insecure woman, mostly because I’m more myself. Today I will reflect on the meaning of “place.”

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6 thoughts on “Blossoming on the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland

  1. Such a beautiful walkway! Any path that goes along water is special to me. I could never live far from the ocean. As usual, your photos are stunning.

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    1. Thanks, DeeDee! I was tempted to stay in Vermont after grad school, but the ocean, despite the beauty of Lake Champlain, was a deal breaker!

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