Exploring the Westside of Portland – I


Most of my photography takes place while hiking in wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest. I also enjoy outings in urban areas from time to time.

On a nice, sunny weekend day in mid-February, I did a pleasant 14-mile loop hike from Portland Heights. The goal was to take photos capturing the essence of Portland in the wintertime.

After passing through the Portland State University campus, I stopped at the Farmers’ Market. Fresh carrots, kale, goat cheese, seafood, lamb, organic peanut butter – – – it was enough to make anyone hungry.

I continued downward to the Willamette River to seemingly another world. What a cosmopolitan mix – – – runners, bicyclists, skateboarders, moms with strollers, homeless camps on land and water, cherry blossoms, tattoos, piercings, many colorful languages being spoken and, just to remind me that I was still in the Pacific Northwest, there were a few salmon fishermen on the Willamette River.

After crossing the Willamette River, I turned north on the Esplanade which extends 1 1/2 miles and includes a floating walkway, the longest one of its kind in the United States.

Crossing the River again on a walkway underneath the Steel Bridge, I headed north along the River and did a long loop through the Pearl District.

The second one-half of my photographic journey will be in the next blog post.

Portland Farmer's Market

Portland Farmers’ Market

One of many flights of public stairs in Southwest Portland

One of many flights of public stairs in Southwest Portland

Good smelling food at the Farmers' Market

Good smelling food at the Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

Entering the Espanade

Entering the Esplanade

Homeless youths and Pit Bulls, a common sight in Downtown Portland

Homeless youths and Pit Bulls, a common sight in Downtown Portland

Waterfront

Waterfront

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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Riverfront

Riverfront

Homeless encampment

Homeless encampment

Morrison Bridge

Hawthorne Bridge

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

 

 

 

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