Portland proud

How Oregon does urban.

Portland is a photographer’s paradise,» says horticulture photographer Janet Loughrey (loughreyphoto.com), who calls the city home. «It offers many green spaces, as well as a fun mix of traditional and quirky neighborhoods.» The mild climate keeps the city green year-round, and September lures with dry days and fewer tourists.

For lofty city views with Mount Hood in the distance, Portland- based pro Bruce Forster (www. bruceforsterphotography. com) recommends late-afternoon views from the Pittock Mansion, situated 1,000 feet above the city. For views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and evening city views, he suggests the Portland Aerial Tram (gobytram.com).

For skyline views with the Willamette River in the foreground, Loughrey suggests strolling the Eastbank Esplanade. But, she says, for Portland’s true flavor, explore outside of downtown. The close-lying Hawthorne, Alberta, and Mississippi neighborhoods attract more alternative-minded people with colorful backdrops and interesting culinary options.

As Loughrey hinted, Portland is also heaven for flower lovers. The Portland Japanese Garden (japanesegarden. com), says Loughrey, is often described as «the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.» Photography is best on overcast days—shoot early or late on sunny days to avoid contrast issues.

Also of note: the Inter¬national Rose Test Garden (rosegardenstore. org) in Washington Park, and Forest Park, northwest of downtown, with 5,100 acres, it’s the largest forested city park in the country.

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