Out of all the photos I have taken
on my eight outings at the Japanese Garden,
I have to say that I think the photos from October 2016 are perhaps the best. I felt like I was in a photographic flow, totally unlike the time I was desperately seeking inspiration,
or the other time I had a very disappointing evening outing.
As I strolled through the Garden that mid-October morning, I would come across the newly-risen sun illuminating, like a spotlight, a particular tree, a certain leaf, while the surroundings were still shrouded in shadows. In other places, the sunlight would cast interesting shadows on a wall or on the ground. Such sights were a delight to my photographer’s eye.
From the overlook at the eastern edge of the Garden there was a stunning view, through the woven bamboo Moonlight Arch
by Shigeo Kawashima,
over downtown Portland
to the 11,249-foot Mount Hood,
Oregon’s highest peak, about 50 miles away.
Out of the 155 pictures I took during the two hours I wandered the Garden paths, you can find the best 47 in this album. The nearly 250 pictures (so far) from all of my monthly albums have been gathered together into the conglomerate Portland Japanese Garden (All Years)