Portland — East Bank Willamette
Wednesday 6 May 2015 — Category: Outings
downtown Portland, Oregon. It is a direct continuation of part three, Portland — West Bank Willamette.
The first article, A Country Bumpkin in the Big City, gives an overview of the outing. The second article, Downtown Portland’s Unnatural Beauty, provides some commentary on the first album of photos from that trip: Portland Downtown Spring 2015.
After crossing the Willamette River via the historic, one-of-a-kind Steel Bridge, I slowly made my way south on the Eastbank Esplanade.
Even though it was only about a mile from Steel Bridge to Hawthorne Bridge, it took me almost two hours, while I snapped just over 350 photos! I most definitely was a trigger-happy country bumpkin in the big city!
The reality is that there is SO much to see and photograph along this short, one-mile stretch of urban waterway. Especially since the City of Portland did such a great job creating the Eastbank Esplanade. Change position just a dozen yards and there is yet another great prospect to admire!
The view of the west-side skyline is awesome from the east bank! I captured the dazzling vista in my first three panorama photos of the year. Click on the photo to the right to see one of them.
As with the previous pictures from this outing, the many buildings of Portland’s city center are too numerous to list. However, I have marked most of them in a Google Earth file which you can download here. Hint: be sure to enable the 3D Buildings option. For more details about this Google Earth file, see my article A Portland Google Earth Companion.
From the total of 352 pictures I took along the Eastbank Esplanade, the best 49 are viewable in the new Portland Waterfront East 2015 album, including two sequences, one of which features an expressive dog slurping up water from an automated drinking fountain (click on the photo to the right).
One day I will have to return to the east bank in order to walk and photograph the remaining half-mile of the Esplanade, from Hawthorne Bridge upriver to just south of the new Tilikum Crossing. So astonishingly-much to see in Portland, so dismally-little time to experience it all!
Other articles about this outing: