One of the reasons I’ve been missing from blogging for a while was a trip to Portland, Oregon for a photography workshop. One of our assignments was to photograph some iconic spots in the city.
Jennifer, one of the participants I became friends with, had her camera bag stolen when we went out night shooting. As serendipity will have it, a lovely gentleman named Bob, who was sitting next to me at the workshop, lived in the area and offered to drive her to the camera store to replace it. I went along for the ride.
After purchasing the new bag and filters, Bob took us to some of his favorite spots to take some photographs. Our first stop was St. Johns Bridge in Cathedral Park. As soon as I saw the arches supporting the bridge I was in heaven as whenever I go back to England I visit as many Gothic cathedrals as I can.
Do you like Jelly Bears, I asked Bob? Somebody had lost a whole bag on the ground. Let me tell you, if those were my bears I would have picked them up and eaten them. It’s called having a strong immune system!
Dandelions are a childhood memory from England that I don’t see too often in Los Angeles.
This shot was crying out for black and white so I went for it. I like the foggy hillside in the background.
According to Wikipedia, the park contains several walking trails, picnic benches, as well as a floating dock that extends onto the Willamette River. It also is home to a small outdoor stage, where the city has held an annual summer jazz festival since 1980.
The St. Johns Bridge connects the neighborhood to the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland across the Willamette. (Pronounced Will-A-mette, accent on the hard A.)
St. Johns Bridge has two 408 ft (124 m) tall Gothic towers, a 1,207 ft (368 m) center span and a total length of 2,067 ft (630 m).
Again borrowing from Wikipedia, designed by internationally renowned engineer David B. Steinman (1886–1960) and Holton D. Robinson, of New York, the St. Johns was the longest suspension-type bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time of construction. It is the only major highway suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and one of only three major highway suspension bridges in Oregon.
Cathedral Park is supposedly haunted as in the summer of 1949, 15-year-old high school student Thelma Taylor was abducted and held by her captor, Morris Leland, under the east side of the bridge (which was undeveloped at the time, now the location of Cathedral Park), and was eventually murdered there.
Maybe it has to do with the weather but I heard of more hauntings in Portland than I have ever encountered. I was looking forward to meeting a ghost but no luck there.
Some more photos for your enjoyment. Click on a photo for the slideshow.
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