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Pearl Harbor Day at Portland’s Japanese Garden
Monday 9 January 2017   —   Category: Outings
During Oregon’s nine-month rainy sea­son it can be a challenge to find a dry, sunny day for a photo outing. So when the weather forecast was two-​thumbs-​up for December 7, 2016, I was out the door bright and early as usual. In order to arrive by 8:00 AM for the members-​only opening of Portland’s Japanese Garden, I need to leave home in Albany by 6:00 because of the morning rush-​hour traffic.

When I had finally made it to the over­look on the Garden’s east side, I was greeted by sunrise-​dyed clouds hanging low over the skyscrapers of downtown.

Turning my attention to the garden itself, I discovered a winter wonderland of ice-​encrusted fountains and frosty leaves. By walking around the Garden numerous times during my stay, I found fleeting patches of sunlight and shadows which were a delight to photograph.

Although I had not intentionally planned to do so, it was fitting that I visited a Jap­a­nese Garden on the 75th anniversary of the in­fa­mous Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. Af­ter so many tragic deaths on both sides of that pointless conflict, it brought sat­is­fac­tion to be an American enjoying an Oregon Jap­a­nese Garden in peace, safety and friend­ship.

With this being my tenth monthly photo out­ing to the Garden, you would think that it might be difficult for me to find pho­to­graph­ic inspiration, especially since I had trouble with that during past visits. But the com­bi­na­tion of wintry conditions and the heavenly early-​morning sunlight were actually very inspiring.

During the 75 minutes I was snapping the shutter, I took a total of 62 photos. The best 26 are now available for your en­joy­ment in the new Portland Japanese Garden, Dec. 2016 album. You can also see all of my monthly photos in the con­glom­er­ate Port­land Japanese Garden (All Years) super-album.
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