Birdbath Decay

If you stand still long enough in Portland you will take on a green patina.  Moss is everywhere.  I love it.

birdbath covered in green moss

Nick’s on Hawthorne

Nick’s is on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon.  I love a good sign.  Portland is filled with wonderful signage, and this one is a favorite.  I just love the font on “Coney Island”.

Nick's on Hawthorne St

The Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge in Portland Oregon

 

In January of 2007 I was walking on the Esplanade in Portland Oregon.  I took this photo of the Steel Bridge with a 3 mp cell phone.  I liked the image but it was dull and flat.  If you must know, the Steel Bridge is a through truss, double lift bridge across the Willamette River.  It was built in 1912.  The image below will show you why I needed to “shop” this image.

The Steel Bridge before editing

 

Little Dee

My friend has a ridiculously photogenic daughter.  How could I not photograph her?  She is just too adorable. I took this at the Saturday Market in Portland. Click on the image for full size

Dee at the Saturday Market in Portland

A New Lincoln Continental

There are places in Portland where you can buy photos.  I’m not talking about art.  I’m talking about dusty file cabinets full of random images.  There are people’s family photos for sale.   I was in one of these places and found this gem.  My friend Michael S. identified the car for me.  He says it is a 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.  He says you can see the shape of the hood ornament and  the octagon shape of the hubcap, combined with the lack of spokes on the cap.  Mike, you’re good.  Thanks.

New Car image after restoration

I have no clue who these people are or where this image was taken.  (…and Mike if you can identify the people, you would be amazing) That is what makes it so much fun.  The car is very likely in a junk heap somewhere, but this image preserves this moment.  Our big haired lady is obviously very happy to have her new Continental.

The image was full of fuzz.  The photo was certainly printed before the time of canned air.  So whatever dust was on the negative at the time was also printed. Through the miracle of Photoshop I was able to bring this photo back.  Click on the images for full size.

New Car image before restoration

Tassels

tassels

 

The word “tassel” comes from the Latin “tassau”, which refers to a clasp (as for the neck of a garment).  I love elaborate tassels.  These beauties are at the Pittock Mansion.  It was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919.   http://pittockmansion.org/