I enjoy the fact that, unlike nature photography, urban photography requires a focus on sharp angles and geometric shapes.
To sharpen this aspect of my photography, I parked on the east side of the Willamette River and began walking north.
Soon the Hawthorne Bridge was reached where the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade begins. The Esplanade extends 1 1/2 miles and includes a floating walkway, the longest one of its kind in the United States.
At the Steel Bridge, the north end of the Esplanade, there is a walkway under the Bridge only 30 feet above the Willamette River.
Upon reaching the west bank of the River, I turned north eventually doing a fun loop through the Pearl District before returning to the River. The Pearl is always interesting. It’s a reclamation of an old industrial district with a combination of bike lanes, light rail, condos, apartments, one-way streets, little parking availability, upscale eating establishments, breweries and art galleries.
Returning to the River, I waked along the west side waterfront area until reaching the Hawthorne Bridge.
I finished the loop enjoying the urban views along the way. All in all, it was a pleasant four-mile outing.