Going downhill at Mt. Tabor

Wednesday means Mt. Tabor. Unfortunately, longboarding is just not the same thing without Jamison. Little buddy!

I did some runs from the bottom third or so. It’s the most efficient considering run length vs. return walking. And it does eliminate the risk of all but one blind corner, a good thing when skating alone.

The views are spectacular! My photography and the time of day don’t do it justice.

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-corner1 from the grand entrance of Portland’s new Park Avenue West building.2 “I don’t know what I’d do with a million dollar studio.”

I had to agree.


  1. Wow! So many alternative spellings and pronunciations. Choose the one you like. To be honest, I grew up calling this kitty corner. 
  2. I 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. 

PDX to LAX

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to take pictures out of an airplane’s window, so I made up for it. These are just a few of the shots.

Much of the flight, clouds blanketed the landscape. And I forgot to wear a dark shirt to minimize reflections. And I forgot that sitting near behind the wing on a 737 results in jet wash blurring the view downwards.

I has been a while since I’ve flown. :-)

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 ant hill 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.
  3. Living in more dense groups decreases the total land mass 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. ;-)

  1. I have hope. 

Portland Photo Walk

Ashley’s buying a camera seemed like a good excuse to roam downtown Portland. We wandered around Tanner Springs Park, Jamison Square, Pioneer Courthouse Square (where we caught an impromptu concert by Without Apology), Director Park, and The Fields Neighborhood Park. Then we walked the Eastbank Esplanade from the Vera Katz sculpture to north of Burnside and back.

Portland is beautiful! :-)

Marquam Bridge

I claimed it was possible to take a pretty picture of the Marquam Bridge. I think I might have cheated…1 ;-)

Many pictures of the Marquam that you see online are taken from upper floor of the VA hospital, OHSU, or the Portland aerial tram. That could be fun.


  1. I’m not sure this one is much better. 

The Fireside Marquee

We dropped by NW 23rd, celebrating Ashley’s recent birthday with desserts at Papa Haydn. Waiting for a table for seven, we wandered a while and I snapped some shots. Fireside’s marquee, with its neon accents and witty epigram, won the evening.1


  1. Rethinking, I would award the win to the hazelnut huckleberry cheesecake I enjoyed for dessert. Mmm… :-)