One day, on the spur of the moment, I had the desire to take a walk along the Willamette River
in downtown Albany,
about three miles from my home in the southwest corner of town. Perhaps the somewhat-uncommon break in Oregon’s nine-month rainy season
had something to do with it. After a ten-minute drive I parked at Monteith Riverpark,
at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia
rivers (pronounced: cal-uh-POOH-yuh).
Along the south bank of the Willamette (it flows basically west to east through Albany) is the 1.15-mile Dave Clark
Riverfront Path, which has its western terminus at the Calapooia River in Monteith Riverpark. Just because the rain had paused didn’t necessarily mean that it was sunny. During the first half of my walk the sun was stuck behind a cloud bank. When I reached the eastern end of the Path, on NE Front Avenue between Sherman and Oak streets, I turned around to head back to my truck.
Soon afterwards the sun rose above the clouds. Its glorious golden rays totally transformed the drab scenery into a magical landscape. As I was walking down the Path, I noticed my shadow on the trunk of a tree some yards off the Path. It was at this point that I was very glad that I had my pocket camera
with me as usual. The more I progressed down the Path, the more photogenic scenes I encountered as the sun continued to shine. I also kept noticing my shadow being projected by the sunlight onto trees along the Path. Not every occurrence was photo-worthy, but I did end up with four nice, artistic shadow-selfie-tree images.
Out of the 19 photos I took during my short walk, 13 of the best are on display in this album. I am very happy that I followed my heart and went on this impromptu walk, which I never imagined would turn into a serendipitous
photo outing. For details and photos from my previous outings to Albany’s waterfront, see the following articles: