A Concentrated Ramble in Downtown Portland
Friday 18 December 2015 — Category: Outings
Seeing that this is my 500th article on this Web site, it is a perfect occasion to finally return to writing about my photo outings to Portland, Oregon. Since August 1st, I have posted 38 articles about cooking and food, but only one article about Portland!
During the few months of sunny weather in Oregon over the summer, I was so busy taking pictures in Portland and in my kitchen that I didn’t have time to sort through them, process the best ones, gather them into albums, and write articles about my photographic adventures. But now that Oregon’s nine-month rainy season has set in, I have slowly but surely been working my way through this backlog, focusing mostly on the cooking pictures because it takes less time.
Now that I’m nearly caught up with my backlog of culinary photography, I can finally devote more time and energy to processing and presenting pictures of my beloved Portland. Today’s article highlights an outing I made to downtown Portland way back on July 8 — more than five months ago! It is disgraceful to be so far behind, but that’s the way it works out sometimes.
As is my habit, I left home quite early so that I would have time to drive an hour or so to the outskirts of Portland, take public transportation to my ultimate destination downtown, and be ready to take pictures shortly after sunrise. On this outing my first photo was around 6:30. Once again, the country bumpkin found himself in the big city!
After depositing my truck at the Sunset Transit Center parking lot, I took a MAX train to the Yamhill District station. Debarking there, my plan for that morning was basically to follow SW 1st Ave south to SW Harrison St, go west one block, and then head back north up 2nd Ave.
Along the way I encountered a number of man-made creations that were worthy of numerous shots from numerous angles, including the World Trade Center complex, The Dreamer sculpture in Pettygrove Park, the KOIN Center skyscraper, the Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, and more.
When I arrived at the fascinating Green – Wyatt Federal Building, I got sidetracked from my 2nd Ave path and made it as far west as SW 4th Ave to the controversial Portland Building and its impressive Portlandia sculpture.
Eventually I wandered back to a MAX station at SW Morrison St and SW 3rd Ave. After a one-and-a-third-mile, two-and-a-half-hour ramble in this small, twenty-block section of downtown Portland it was only 9:00 AM, but it was already time to move on to the other Portland errands I had scheduled for that day.
In addition to the area I covered, I had originally planned to walk (generally) north on 2nd Ave all the way to NW Glisan St at the Steel Bridge, and then south down 1st Ave back to the MAX line at SW Morrison St.
However, the 20 southern blocks I explored were so filled with photogenic scenes that my pace slowed to a crawl. Because of my other commitments that day, I simply ran out of time. Hopefully I can explore the northern half of my planned route next summer — I’ve already marked the same July 8th on my 2016 calendar!
During this concentrated 150-minute outing I took a total of 183 photos. A whopping 104 of them were deemed worthy of inclusion in the new Portland Downtown Summer 2015 album, which is a fitting companion to the 81 pictures in the earlier Portland Downtown Spring 2015 album. The 24 monochrome images in this new collection can also be found in the Portland in Black and White 2015 album.
And this is only the beginning! Over the coming dreary months of winter I still have a good dozen albums of photos to process and present, which I took in Portland last summer and autumn. Stay tuned!
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