The Urban Vibe of Portland – I


One of the benefits of photography is being able to capture a snapshot in time. Because urban environments change significantly over the years, photographs from the past bring the changes into relief.

On a cool, cloudy and drizzly weekend day in mid-February, I did a pleasant 12-mile loop hike from home. 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, hot tamales, dungeness crab, lamb, gold beets – – – it was enough to make anyone hungry.

I continued downward to the Willamette River to seemingly another world. What a cosmopolitan mix – – – runners, a few bicyclists, moms with strollers, homeless camps on land and water, tattoos, piercings and more.

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 to the Pearl District.

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

Esplanade

Esplanade

Homeless camp near PSU

Homeless camp near PSU

Celery roots at the Farmers' Market

Celery roots at the Farmers’ Market

Public stairs in SW Portland

Public stairs in SW Portland

Steel Bridge

Light-rail train on the Steel Bridge

Cars park near the middle of the street

Parking lane is near the middle of the street (not too many rental bikes in use)

Homeless camp near the river

Homeless camp near the river

Construction cranes are a common sight

Construction cranes are a common sight (a very high and muddy Willamette River)

An old Isuzu becoming part of the landscape

An old Isuzu becoming part of the landscape

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market on a cool and drizzly day

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Still a few scenes remaining of the City that Works

A few scenes remain of the City that Works

Homeless camp near the Esplanade

Homeless camp near the Esplanade

Waterfront

Waterfront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. John – I have changed my e-mail address to:  tasidley@gmail.com Would you update your records so I can continue to receive your great posts ! Thanks,Tom

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