A city in two states. Crossing into Washington state.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I can now post directly from my phone. So I am hoping I can start putting some pictures up here again. We have passed the one year mark but now it will just be "Portland in pictures".
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Found this amazing delicious organic, local (and with vegan/vegetarian options) stall at the Portland Farmer's Market. Ah-Maze-Ing! Just look at all those veggies .... and the tortillas were being freshly made by hand on the other side of the stall. I could eat this every day! Verde Cocina's regular location is in the Portland Pearl District.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
With spring, a bit of sun and some slightly warmer weather comes the task of re-tilling the garden. Grocery stores, farmer's markets and nurseries around town are exploding with herbs and vegetable "starts" (small plants). Around here it is quite easy to find Organic plant. Here is an herb cart just begging to be planted and sampled!
I'm sorry that I have taken a leave of absence from this blog. I know many of you were following and I dropped the ball a bit. However, I am off the bench and going to get going again. Instead of trying to back track for all the days I missed, I will start with last weekend - when I really actively started taking photos again - and try to stay current. And, what better time to get back into it than with the arrival of Spring! So, bring on the photos!
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
We've had some unusually wonderful warm sunny weather this past week! Portlanders report it is quite unusual for this time of year, but none-the-less we all ran outside and basked in the glow of that beautiful ball of fire that we've seen so little of over the past months! This couple enjoys an afternoon on a hillside in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This Father-Daughter duo was entertaining a small crowd at the Portland Saturday Farmer's Market. Some musicians are hired to perform on the stages in the market, but most are like this pair who find a good spot and then make people smile as they pass.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
For the local "Food Carts Portland" website, click here.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
This crown: "The Little Prince" by Ilan Averbuch sits outside of the arena in the Rose Quarter. According to the Public Arts Search Website, "The Little Prince is a partially buried copper crown located at the south end of the arena in the Rose Quarter. It is a piece about imagination, desires and aspirations, conquests and struggles. It is the job of the viewer to create the story that goes along with the crown. Is it a victory and position of honor waiting to be claimed, or is there another story? Only the viewer can say. Ilan's inspiration for this piece was the "Little Prince" by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, in particular, the first chapter where he talks about his drawing of a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant being misunderstood as a hat."
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Most of my photos focus on scenes on the streets of Portland. But, it's important to remember that PORTland was named as such for a reason. Ships pass under the draw bridges of the Willamette river daily and for miles along the river, the industrial side of the water trade can be seen. This appears to be some sort of loading mill for grain.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This giant steam engine is permanently parked outside of the World Forestry Center in Washington Park. You can walk into the conductor's room in the engine. The size is impressive!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I am not sure who these ladies are - an anime club, perhaps. They were out and about, but took a moment to get a shot of all of their shoes together. In Portland, this sight just simply isn't strange!
Friday, January 25, 2013
This Foucault Pendulum hangs from the ceiling of the Oregon Convention Center. The pendulum swings and rotates related to the angle and spin of the earth. It takes approximately 32 hours to make an entire 360 degree journey. Amazingly enough, according to Seattle Astronomy news, this is the World's Largest Foucault Pendulum (which I didn't know until I researched for this post). How very cool!!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
This is the Max (Portland Rail Line) stop in Washington Park near the zoo. I really love this stop because there are all sorts of interesting scientific facts carved into the walls. Waiting for the train is actually fun here! This shows a random, but interesting timeline and the glass tube holds stone from the Portland Hills (which were carved through to make the underground part of the rail line). The stone stretches the length of the subway station and has depths and age of the rock as it progresses.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement in the United States. His most famous speech was his "I Have A Dream" speech. This statue, "The Dream" is by Michael Florin Dente. It sits on MLK Blvd in front of the Oregon Convention Center. It was dedicated on August 28, 1998, thirty-five years to the day of Dr.King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
To watch a video of the speech in 1963, see below:
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Portland's own Willy Wonka! :) We spend a couple hours today at the Chocolate Fest at the Oregon Convention Center. This is the Pacific Northwest's premiere Chocolate festival. A large hall in the Convention center was filled with stalls like this one with chocolates, truffles, chocolate granola, chocolate wine, vegan chocolate, single source chocolate, candy bars, organic chocolate and much more. You name it - it was there. Many of the companies were local. Most had samples. (mmmm!) I particularly loved this stall - and the owner. He had samples of his base chocolate (which was "everything free" ... gluten, dairy etc .... well, "everything" except for taste - it was delicious!) and then truffles of all sorts!
We heard a lecture on ECOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHOCOLATE TREE with Dr. Gary Hartshorn, President and CEO World Forestry Center, which was very interesting. And were interested to stay to hear the talk on preparing Mole sauce, but had eaten ourselves into a chocolate coma by that point.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Chinatown is in the NW part of downtown, in the old town, bordering the river. This is the grand entrance gate located on W Burnside Road. The traditional male and female lions stand guard (female on left - with her foot on a pup and male on rt with his foot on a ball.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Most of downtown Portland is "Pay to Park". After finding a parking spot, you put money (or credit card) into a payment machine and receive a small ticket to place in the curb-side window. The ticket lists the date and the time at which your parking expires. You do not have to stay in the same parking spot for the entirety of that time - as long as your time has not expired, you can park anywhere (street parking) downtown. Most curb-side parking has a limit as to how many hours you can stay parked in that one area ranging from 15 minutes to 5 hours. Parking used to be free on Sundays, but as you can see here, you now must pay from 1pm-5pm. City life....
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Another (half) beautiful day today. This new year is proving simply wonderful !! Ankeny Square (pictured here) is one part of Ankeny Plaza, which "was once the heart of Portland's entertainment and commerce. The first true public space in the Skidmore-Old Town District, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built on vacated Vine St. and Block 35 on the site of the Bank of British Columbia"(Portland Parks and Recreation website). This is one part of the area where the weekend crafts market is held in the summer and fall months.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Portland "Rose Garden" is actually not a garden at all - as I found when I went to check it out. It is an impressive arena that houses Portland's basketball team, the Trailblazers, as well as many large concerts that come through the city.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This is no ordinary drinking fountain. There are 52 of these special, 4-bowl drinking fountains found in the downtown Portland area. They are Benson Bubblers - named after an entrepreneur in the early 1900s who donated money to the city to set up drinking fountains to keep workers from getting so intoxicated (as going for a beer was the only way to quench one's thirst at that time)
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Even on the streets of downtown, there are plenty of opportunities to recycle. This trash can stands next to a "regular" trashcan. With compartments for paper, plastic and glass, there is not much need for the other can!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
VooDoo doughnuts is a landmark in Portland. This is no ordinary doughnut shop - with outrageous names for each, they have doughnuts filled with maple and topped with bacon, doughnuts covered in fruitloops, vegan doughnuts and doughnuts int he shape of voodoo dolls (of course!) complete with a pretzel "pin" in the heart. Check out their menu HERE. Talk about sugar rush!!! When I took this photo, the shop was closed, but typically, there is a line about a block long just to get in the door!