Finding a non-rainy day in Oregon in February can be a challenge. Finding an actual sunny
day can be even more difficult. When I saw that there was the possibility of some early-morning sunshine on Valentine’s Day, I set my alarm for 4:45 and hoped for the best. By the time I arrived at the Garden at 8:00, the eastern sky was a shifting mix of clouds and clear blue.
Because this was my twelfth photo outing
to the Japanese Garden, and because I had had trouble finding inspiration
in the past, I was worried that I would not be motivated to take pictures, especially if the weather was overcast. To my surprise I discovered that the fact that it was my last visit was very inspiring. I found myself seeing the Garden through new photographic eyes.
It also helped that there were periods of direct sunlight, even though it was not constant. Early-morning sun dramatically affects the look of the Garden, which is pretty drab and boring when it is overcast. Therefore, I was very happy that I had some decent lighting for my grand finale.
Occasionally I found myself taking pictures I had shot before, but since this was my last visit to the Garden, I just had to take one more! I took some unique shots as well. Some of them were new angles on previously-photographed subjects. But a couple shots were of a subject I had never before encountered in the Garden: a cute, chubby Douglas squirrel.
I was able to get fairly close to him before he scampered away.
By 9:30 the sunshine was done and so was I. During my 90-minute stay I took a total of 86 photos. The best 37 are on display in this album. You can also see all
of my monthly photos in the conglomerate Portland Japanese Garden (All Years)