Sometimes the urge to go shoot photos is overwhelming. I’m itching to go do it. But the question becomes – of what? Sure I could go wander through the neighborhood and take photos like these (that I did of my tulips in my front yard):
And I might get one I find interesting, like this:
But then the question becomes – what else? I wandered around with Indigo wondering what to shoot – when we went by the concert hall -and I remembered something I thought about shooting a long time ago, but can’t recall if I did. The caps of the barriers because they look like this:
These are the size of a baseball – so thank goodness I had on my camera my macro lens.
This last one was funny because Indigo, when I wondered aloud why they chose a spider, proceeded to explain to me it was related to some African folk tales – then told me about them. Yay education system. Well done!
Then we wandered the area known as the South Park Blocks – and I was finding interesting shots of contrast:
Through the trees, you have the old church steeple which is framed by the brand new glass high rise. I like the contrast of nature against old against brand-new.
We say Abe:
Some interesting flowers:
Then another shot of the steeple through a tree – this tree with ferns growing on it. I love the Pacific NW for this reason – a mother tree, I think it’s called – a living tree that has babies, if you will – nursing other plants that grow in the forest, or, in this case, in the middle of the city.
Then we found the lady herself – Portlandia.
Sitting on her perch on a building in downtown Portland – she was created by an artist based on the city of Portland’s seal. She is 34ft 10inches tall, and would be 50ft tall if standing. She has a poem written for her – written by Portland resident Ronald Talney. It is this:
She kneels down
and from the quietness
We take that stillness
deep in the earth
becomes her city.
If she could speak
this is what
she would say:
Follow that breath.
Home is the journey we make.
This is how the world
knows where we are.
Seems so appropriate given Oregon’s motto is: Alis volat propriis which translates to “She Flies With Her Own Wings”.
While it is a random set of photos, I do love this city. And love the images I capture.