During the few weeks of the annual Portland Rose Festival
there are dozens of interesting events
which take place all over the city.
For more than 80 years, ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard,
and Royal Canadian Navy
have visited Portland
as part of the Rose Festival celebrations. During the five days of Fleet Week,
these ships are open to the public for tours — however, I skipped that part.
In addition to boats at rest, there was quite a bit of action on the Willamette River
during my morning visit. I was fortunate enough to see four of the city’s historic lift bridges in action: Steel Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Morrison Bridge
and Hawthorne Bridge.
Ships and bridges were not the only things in motion. In two different locations — on Steel Bridge and along the Eastbank Esplanade
— a man with a large bubble-making apparatus and a bucket of soap was creating huge, incredible soap bubbles. So many amazing things for this country bumpkin in the big city
All told, I took 353 photos of ships, bridges and bubbles. The best 65 have been gathered into this album, including 14 black and white images, three color splash
pictures, and one panorama. An additional 61 shots are part of the nine photo sequences
I assembled, which help convey some of the motion I was capturing that morning on the river.