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Autumn Beauty at Portland’s Japanese Garden
Sunday 1 January 2017   —   Category: Outings
In September 2016 I resumed my month­ly Japanese Garden photo outings after a 12-​month hiatus. Because I had gone in the evening that month, I came away with only seven photos to share. By con­trast, my early-​morning October visit re­sult­ed in forty-seven worthy photos out of the 155 taken during the two hours I wandered the Garden paths.

Out of all the photos I have taken on my eight outings at the Japanese Garden, I have to say that I think the photos from October are perhaps the best. I felt like I was in a photographic flow, totally un­like the time I was desperately seeking inspiration, or the other time I had a very disappointing eve­ning outing.

As I strolled through the Garden that mid-​October morning, I would come across the newly-​risen sun il­lu­mi­nat­ing, like a spotlight, a particular tree, a cer­tain leaf, while the sur­round­ings were still shrouded in shad­ows. In other plac­es, the sunlight would cast in­ter­est­ing shad­ows on a wall or on the ground. Such sights were a delight to my pho­togra­pher’s eye.

From the overlook at the eastern edge of the Garden there was a stunning view, through the woven bamboo Moonlight Arch by Shigeo Kawashima, over down­town Portland to the 11,249-​foot Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest peak, about 50 miles away.

You can find my best photos from that day in the new Portland Japanese Gar­den, Oct. 2016. The nearly 250 pictures (so far) from all of my monthly visits have been gathered together into the con­glom­er­ate Portland Japanese Garden (All Years) super-album.

Eight outings down, four to go until my twelve-month Japanese Garden photo project, unexpectedly spread out over a two-​year period, is complete. It seems so long ago that I started in March 2015!
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