My wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Portland Oregon area last November (2012). During our trip , we had a chance to visit the Portland Japanese Garden, and the adjacent International Rose Test Gardens. Because my trip was business related, we were constrained to visit in November, which was not during the best time of year for this area. Fortunately, we were still able to enjoy the gardens. I came away with more images than I thought I would. Of all the images I took, this is my favorite, and will definitely be gracing a wall at home as a 20 x 30 canvas print.
This image is of the bridge crossing the Upper Pond. This is one of those shots that immediately jumps out at you and you just have to stop to shoot. Although we were there in the middle of the week, there were still plenty of people walking around, so I had to wait, and eventually come back, to get this shot. Incidentally, For a really cool virtual tour of this pond as seen from the bridge, have a look at this.
As I walked through the gardens I came upon a guy sprawled across the asphalt walkway, trying to get a shot of some steps leading into another section. His wife immediately began apologizing for him , to which I responded, “don’t worry about it, because when you leave, I’m gonna do the exact same thing”, which I did, and came away with this one……
I even came away with a few video clips. Here is one I took of one of the many ponds. It’s not great, but it is my first. I’m finding that video is something I’m really enjoying, especially as a means to chronicle my photo walks. It does take a significant amount of time to process though, and the learning curve is rather steep, but it’s something I’m committed to, and hope to share more of in the future.
As I write this I’m still processing a lot of the images, but there are some already posted to my gallery site, which can be accessed by clicking here.