Election Day at Portland’s Japanese Garden
Wednesday 4 January 2017 — Category: Outings
When I went to the Japanese Garden on 11 October 2016, the leaves on the trees were still mostly green, although a few trees had turned to their autumn colors. So when I made my next visit on Election Day, 8 November 2016, I was expecting to see many more trees with flaming leaves.
Instead, to my great disappointment, many of the trees had already lost most of their leaves. During the four weeks between outings, I had missed their autumn glory. Now, only the bare branches of winter remained. Bummer!
However, there were plenty of colored leaves on the ground. And in the water! When standing by the pond with the large waterfall, I noticed that the leaves were moving in a current created by the force of the waterfall. I got the idea to take a long-exposure photo to try to capture the movement of the floating leaves.
I am particularly happy with the fifteen-second exposure shown to the right. Be sure to click on it to see the detail of the larger version.
I was also excited to stumble upon, in an out-of-the-way corner of the Garden, a patch of mushrooms, with the early-morning sun beautifully illuminating them. I crouched down and brought the camera down low so I could capture them in all their fungi glory.
For both the October and November outings, a clear sky and the light of the newly-risen sun made all the difference between interesting and drab photos. It’s just not the same when the weather is overcast or foggy, as has often been the case during previous visits.
On this November visit I took 111 pictures. The best 26 are now available for viewing in the new Portland Japanese Garden, Nov. 2016 album. You can also see all of my monthly photos in the conglomerate Portland Japanese Garden (All Years) super-album.