Pretty Trash

Pretty Trash

 

Pretty Trash – I’m fairly certain I took this on Morrison St in downtown Portland – December 2017

A Bowl of Water

Some people hate it, but I love HDR.  I love the crunchy, intensiveness of it.  I love that there is so much detail.

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There is more than one way to do something.

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Benson Bubbler

I found myself out and about in downtown Portland early today.  I was multitasking – playing Ingress and taking photographs.  Yes, I have had a drink from them despite the pigeons also being users of these unique fountains.  The water is just fine.  They get cleaned twice a month.

benson bubbler in Portland

 

If you want to know more of the history of these fountains check out these links.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/352768

http://www.uniquely-portland-oregon.com/benson-bubblers.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson_Bubbler

Tiger, Tiger

If you know me, you know that I am very much opposed to animals being forced to perform for us.  I am against circuses and I’m not so keen on zoos.

Tiger at Oregon Zoo

However, back in 2008 I did go to the Oregon Zoo.  It was then I was able to photograph this beauty.  It is a shame that animals such as this are kept in captivity while the wild tigers are being pushed to extinction.

The Big Cat Rescue in Florida works to keep out of horrible situations that the sometimes find themselves in.   Big cats should not be pets, or in canned hunts, or in petting zoos.  They are not for us to exploit.

A Measure of Darkness

In Portland, Oregon, like any major city, there is a big homeless problem.  Most of the year you can find many hopeless souls gathered near the Saturday Market.  I took this a few years ago.  I hope better things have happened to them since. Click on the image to expand it.

Portland homeless near Saturday Market

 

“Seven out of ten Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless” – Pras Michel

“Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.” – Jerzy Kosinski

A Pretty Bug

Butterfly at the Oregon Zoo

In 2007 I had a membership to the Oregon Zoo.  One of the exhibits is the butterfly house.  I can only very seldom get good shots of a butterfly in the wild.  The butterfly house enabled me to see a lot of beautiful specimens up close and personal.  Go on a cool day in the late summer.  They tend to move slower.

Duck, Duck….

This is from the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon.  I made a version of this with very saturated colors.  This version appeals to me more.  These ducks are very commonplace.  You know what color they are.

Over the Willamette

In Portland, Oregon there are many ways to cross the Willamette River.  One of the cities nicknames is Bridgetown.  There are something like 10 bridges that cross the river in the PDX area.  I think that the prettiest and most architecturally interesting bridge is The St John’s Bridge.  According to Wikipedia It is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and the furthest north on the Willamette River.  It was opened June 13, 1931.

St John's Bridge in Portland