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Portland Japanese Garden, Feb. 2017 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 39 Album Created: 1 Feb 2017 Last Updated: 5 May 2018
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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) super-album.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Valen­tine’s Day at Port­land’s Japan­ese Gar­den.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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