Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Sun's Comin' Up

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What a blessing it is to live in Portland. If it weren't for this glorious weather, the fantastic mass transportation system, and the fact that the Willamette carved a valley eons ago, I would not be venturing out some mornings on my way to work, walking 1.22 miles from our apartment to a bus stop at 3rd and Couch. It's all downhill on Everett, and I get to take photographs along the way--good for my knees and my psyche. I'm in awe of what life affords me right now.

This sight caused me to stop in my tracks. I am particularly proud that the camera captured it as I saw it. The sidewalk runs beside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, at NW Everett and 19th. I have to wonder at how long it's been there and how it's been able to warp so beautifully with the growth of the tree roots. The milky-upright shape to the right is a bus stop shelter--if I were running late in my walk, I could catch a bus there and go to my connecting stop at 3rd and Couch. By the way, Couch is pronounced cooch, as in the sound lovebirds make, "Coo, coo," not as in, "Please sit down beside me, here on the couch." Well, I suppose those people on the couch could be lovebirds.

17 comments:

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Wasn't Portland, OR voted as one of the top three cities to live in in US?

Love the photo and caption.

Lynette said...

I'm not sure about the answer to your question, Ming, but I did find a list of "recent accolades and feature articles" when I Googled "portland oregon liveable city," and clicked on http://www.travelportland.com/media/portland_in_news.html.

Then I remembered that a teen-ager-hood friend who now lives in Bellingham, WA, told me she'd recently read a great article about Portland in the AARP magazine. Googled again, and found that the Rose City has been named by AARP as one of the top five cities to retire in, to, whatever. Here's a link to a local blot that mentions that, http://www.pdxmojo.com.

Thanks so much for enjoying my Sunday post!

Steve Buser said...

Has a fairy tale quality to it -- the way the sidewalks bend and play with the shadows. Good eye.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Lynette said...

Thanks, Steve. It's so interesting to find out what others see in my photos.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Lynette - I am not the poster for LA Daily Photo. I just helped them set up the account and template so they can post the photos.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi lynette,

I have been enjoying my first visit to your blog. Your photography is great. This picture is outstanding. You posted asking about ABC Wednesday at my blog and I wanted to tell you that we are going through the alphabet in order. This week (Sept 12) is the letter 'H'. If you decide to join let me know and I will post your link on the blogroll. You can follow the discussion and also post your link here:
Calling All Photographers @ Blog Catalog

Lynette said...

Thanks, Ming, for straightening me out about that. I'm pretty happy for you, in that it appears that you don't have to live in two places and/or fly cross-country often.

DFP, Mrs. Nesbitt just offered before you to put me on the blogroll. Thanks for the link to the discussion.

jelvistar said...

Great shot, those are the moments that its great to be carrying the camera around. Thanks for stopping by my daily photo.

Port Angeles Daily Photo

Lynette said...

I agree with you about carrying your camera around. I hardly ever leave the apartment without mine, my extra battery and another memory card. I don't feel goofy about any of that, either. I feel lucky.

jb said...

This shot just drips "mood"
Great work.

Kate said...

It's an unusual photo because of the light and dark tones. Nice job!

salian said...

Wow.. those rolling shadows look so cool. It's like out of an illustration in one of my old children's books.

Lynette said...

JB--thanks! I love that "drips" thing. The mood, too!

Kate, I appreciate your insight into the photograph. I took a couple of others that morning, and I hope to post them soon.

Salian, I'm glad you like the shadows. They're what stopped me in my tracks.

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

A very beautiful photo of a lovely place. Yes, it's absolutely great when the camera captures the view just as our eyes see it.

Victoria said...

What amazing lighting!

Denton said...

This is a great photo ... Your photo caused me to "stop in my tracks".

Lynette said...

Victoria and Denton, thank you for telling me your impressions of this photo.