On Portland's Bridges
Saturday 9 May 2015 — Category: Outings
As I mentioned in the first article in this series — A Country Bumpkin in the Big City — during my 5⅛-mile, 7-hour walk around downtown Portland last month, I took almost exactly 750 photos. It has taken me three weeks to process them all. And during that time I have gone on two more photo outings to Portland!
The first album of photos from April’s outing featured the sights downtown. The pictures in the second album were taken along the west bank of the Willamette River, while the images in the third album were taken on the east bank.
But what about the photos I took on bridges while crossing from one side of the river to the other? They were not taken on the west bank, nor on the east bank, but from the middle of the Willamette, while I was crossing two of Portland’s numerous bridges. Because they didn’t fit into any of the other albums, I have put them in their own special Portland On Bridges 2015 album.
Out of the 77 pictures I took on bridges, nine of the best were shot from the historic (built 1912), one-of-a-kind Steel Bridge, while the remaining thirteen in the album were taken from the historic, 105-year-old Hawthorne Bridge, a mile upriver.
Bridges make wonderful platforms for photography! They provide a unique point of view of the sights on each side of the river which you can’t get while standing on terra firma. In addition, many bridges are photogenic works of art in and of themselves.
Portland has twelve bridges spanning the Willamette within its city limits. Of course, not all of them can be crossed on foot, but most of them can. Seeing that I have taken pictures from only two of them, I still have plenty of opportunities to look forward to!
Other articles about this outing: