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!