A Portland Photowalk
Saturday March 30 was one of those freakishly hot days that sometimes appear in Portland in early spring: clear blue sky and a high temperature in the upper 80s. So I took my camera downtown to capture the cherry blossoms in bloom, and ended up spending several hours on a very pleasant photowalk. Here are some highlights.
Cherry blossoms in Waterfront Park, Portland.
The cherry blossoms were lovely and smelled so good. It's particularly magical when a breeze comes up and the blossoms fall like light snow. I don't think any of my photos captured their beauty properly, which is a little disappointing, but it was fun to try.
Portlandia statue at the Portland Building
Some fun with black-and-white: the Portland sign at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
View across the Park Blocks to the Mark Building (1925), now part of the Portland Art Museum.
After a couple of hours in the hot sun I was ready for a break and cold drink. As I happened to be near the historic Ladd Carriage House, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to check out the new Raven & Rose restaurant.
The Ladd Carriage House was built in 1883 and was thoroughly restored before opening as the Raven and Rose restaurant in January 2013.
Main dining area
The menu includes a nice overview of the building's history.
Wood oven, made from bricks salvaged from the building's chimney.
A delicious product of the oven: artisan flatbread with local hazelnuts, apples, bacon, gruyere and leafy greens.
Seeing my camera and interest, the friendly staff made sure I went upstairs to see The Rookery, a bar and lounge area which was very cool.
I ended my walk back where I started, in Waterfront Park. As it was nearing sunset, the light was much better this time around.
Steel Bridge (1912) and cherry blossoms from Waterfront Park.