The International Rose Test Garden
is just a stone’s throw from the Japanese Garden
— both located in Washington Park
— and only a couple of miles from downtown Portland.
Established in 1917, it contains over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties.
With all of that abundance, there must be a lot to photograph! While that is certainly the case, it is also true that after you look at a dozen different roses, they all start to look the same. Because I wasn’t trying to make a rose catalog, I had to keep my photographic eye out for unique shapes, colors, composition, and lighting. The overcast sky made this last criterion more challenging.
One thing is for sure: 7,000 rose bushes take up quite a bit of room! As I slowly wandered up and down the rows and rows of blossoming plants, admiring the incredible variety of color, I was continually on the lookout for photo-worthy sights.
During my one-hour stop to smell the roses, I took just over 60 photos. The best 34 can be viewed in this album. In light of the amazing colors of these roses it should come as no surprise that all of the photos are in color, despite my love for black and white images.
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