A Portland Photowalk

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Holly Hayes

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 Portland

Waterfront Park with Cherry Blossoms

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

Portland Sign

Some fun with black-and-white: the Portland sign at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Mark Building Across the Park

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.

View from East with Evening Sun Rays

View from Southeast

The Ladd Carriage House was built in 1883 and was thoroughly restored before opening as the Raven and Rose restaurant in January 2013.

Raven & Rose Interior

Main dining area

Raven & Rose Interior

The menu includes a nice overview of the building's history.

Raven & Rose: Wood Oven

Wood oven, made from bricks salvaged from the building's chimney.

Raven & Rose: Artisan Flatbread

A delicious product of the oven: artisan flatbread with local hazelnuts, apples, bacon, gruyere and leafy greens.

Raven & Rose Interior: The Rookery

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.

A Good Day for Posing
I wasn't the only photographer taking advantage of the light and the blossoms!

Steel Bridge and Cherry Blossoms

Steel Bridge (1912) and cherry blossoms from Waterfront Park.

Steel Bridge with Cherry Blossoms

Same again.