For April’s photo outing to Portland’s Japanese Garden,
I ended up going on May 1st, which technically is not April. Yet, if you take the 30 from April 30th (the last day of the month), and add the 1 from May 1st, you get 31. So, in a sense, you could
say that we went to the Japanese Garden on April 31st. That was close enough for my requisite April outing!
During my March visit I pretty much had the place to myself during the 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. members-only hours. Perhaps the time of year and the foggy weather that day had something to do with the lack of visitors. A month later, there were quite a few photographers competing for the best spots from which to take their shots.
I was a bit apprehensive about this outing. After all, I had spent nearly three hours taking pictures at the Garden only a month before, resulting in not one, but two albums of images — see Portland Japanese Garden, Mar. 2015
and Portland Japanese Garden, Stereo 2015.
So what more could there be to see?
As it turned out, quite a bit! The weather and lighting were different each time. Many plants were in bloom at the end of April which had not been at the end of March. And there was one or two which had been blooming in March, but now looked much more boring a month later. Even though Portland’s Japanese Garden is not that big, there were even some parts of it which I had not seen or explored the first time.
All in all, it was a very satisfying outing, and my apprehensions were misplaced. I did not feel forced into creativity
at all. I took a total of 122 photos during the two hours we were there. The best 42 are on display in this album — including two sequences and a rare (for me) vertical panorama.
For more pictures taken at the Garden, see the listing of all my Japanese Garden photo albums
and/or the conglomerate super-album Portland Japanese Garden (All Years).
For more information about each individual outing I made to the Garden, check out the list of related articles.