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.