A street view of Park Avenue West

“The top floor is $3 million, the middle $2 million, and the bottom, $1 million,” said the man selling Street Roots cater-corner1Wow! So many alternative spellings and pronunciations. Choose the one you like. To be honest, I grew up calling this kitty corner. from the grand entrance of Portland’s new Park Avenue West building.2I like downtown Portland — the people, the energy, and the buildings. But I’m not comfortable taking pictures of people I don’t know. I guess that means I’m not a street photographer. Buildings are another matter. I like their lines, the textures and reflections on their surfaces, and the geometric shapes they form. “I don’t know what I’d do with a million-dollar studio.”

I had to agree.

My day in D.C.

Today I spent a quick day in D.C., touring a few places as part of the GAiN Conference.

We went to the National Geographic Museum and watched Jerusalem3D.1And I took a selfie with the pope in the gift shop. ;-) Then we went to the Newseum.2I learned that I can’t look through Pulitzer Prize-winning photos. So many are heart-rending…

We drove through by the Jefferson Memorial and stopped at the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial.

The bridge to PDX

About a week ago, Suzi and I dropped Melissa off at the airport. Normally, I park on the fourth floor of short term parking because that is the skybridge floor. As I got off the ramp, I noticed the sign said one parking space was available. What?! There was a car ahead of me, too.

I dropped Suzi and Melissa off at the skybridge and looked for the ramp to go up another couple of floors. Parking above the skybridge, I saw a different view than I normally see.

Mmm… I like it! :-)

Human Reef

For my fifth day in a week of nature photography, I chose a picture of the downtown Portland waterfront. You might think this isn’t nature. If so, I have a few points:

  1. Humans are not outside of nature. We are as much a part of nature as any other species. Would you consider an anthill or a tropical reef to be nature? Portland is a human reef.
  2. Our activities impact the habitat of others, but we are not the only species that does this. And we can be smart enough1 to minimize our impact.1I have hope.
  3. Living in more dense groups decreases the total landmass needed for human dwellings, industry, and infrastructure. This helps preserve more of what many would call nature.
  4. Yes, I’m being contrarian. I thought you’d have noticed this by now. ;-)