We’re having a spectacular spring, and here are some images from walking around last weekend.
Built in 1910, the Hawthorne Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River in Portland — the oldest vertical-lift bridge in operation in the United States, and the oldest highway bridge in Portland.
This photo was taken from the offices of Travel Portland, Portland’s official agency for tourism.
The city’s official Christmas Tree brightens up Pioneer Courthouse Square on a rainy night.
Portland has cataloged and manages more than 1,200 pieces of public art. You’ll find it everywhere, including on the sides of buildings, along
streets and freeways, in parks, and greeting you near Downtown buildings. Although we are pretty sure this car isn’t one of Portland’s official pieces of public art, it nevertheless is very public art. We applaud the artist. The color is eye-popping. No doubt those sitting outside Sterling Coffee on 21st Avenue in the Alphabet District were enjoying it, up close and personal. Portland loves art and its artists.
Simon and Helen Director Park, located just two blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s City Center, is a photographer’s dream: from great people watching to the interplay of nature, highrises, and artistic structures. It’s the scene of music performances, picnics, chess matches, and kids-play in the water feature. This photo was taken across the street from the park. The yellow of the tree caught my eye. The trees framing the building, which houses Pendelton below, seems to melt into the sky.
As I was wondering around Downtown this week, I stopped for a cup of coffee at Starbucks across from Simon and Helen Director Park where I struck up a conversation with tourist Jacqui Gore. I believe she said she lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Jacqui was visiting a Portland friend during a business trip to the U.S. We got to talking about what she had seen during her visit and she shared a photo of two jazz musicians entertaining passersby on the walkway along Waterfront Park. It’s a beautiful photo that reflects our rich culture.