Thursday, November 15, 2007

He's back, framed more beautifully than ever.

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It's not clear to me why I'm so taken with this elk statue. Could it be the strength the statue depicts? The sweep of the antlers? I just don't know, but I certainly have enjoyed taking photos of it. I took these on Oct. 30, and now two weeks later, almost all of the leaves have fallen to the ground. I hope it snows this winter, just enough to decorate the elk, not enough to paralyze the city since snow is not the norm here. I would love to see that!

In the first photo, you can see one TriMet bus at the corner of SW Main and 4th. In the second photo, you can see four buses on SW 3rd Avenue. Downtown Portland's mass transist system makes multiple stops on these two streets that run north (4th) and south (3rd). It's what's known as the temporary bus mall--the backbone that connects many bus lines so that folks can get from anywhere to anywhere in the metropolitan area, including Washington state. The original bus mall on 5th and 6th is being remodeled to add light rail from Portland State University in the south all the way to Union Station in the north. The construction work began last January, and as far as I can tell the temporary mall is working very well. The remodel is projected to be finished in January 2009. There will be a construction moratorium in downtown starting next Friday, through New Year's (I think) so that people can come shop and enjoy holiday activities downtown without the hassle of heavy equipment, barricades, etc. Does that sort of thing happen in your city?

14 comments:

Zsolt said...

this statue is really beautiful!!!

dot said...

He Does look beautiful in front of all those pretty yellow leaves.

Jim said...

Thats a big rack. You can really see how large it is from the picture from the back. Neat.

• Eliane • said...

Ah, the poster boy of your blog! I especially like the first pi where he looks so much in his element. And fall is his season! It's game season too, yum, but let's not say it too loud in front of him - that would be a bit inappropriate.

smilnsigh said...

Oh yes, this Elk is a magnificent statue and just "begs" to be photographed. I love it. It could be a recurring entry yes? The Elk in all seasons...

I took a lovely {to me} close up shot of a statue in our park, in the snow. I called it Lady In The Snow. It still makes me smile. Maybe I'll put it up today! :-)

Mari-Nanci

Andrea said...

Great statue. I chose a statue today too but mine is so small compared to yours. Great picture.

Olivier said...

il est encore plus beau avec les couleurs de l'automne autour de lui. c'est vraiment une belle sculpture


It is even more beautiful with the colors of autumn around him. It is really a beautiful sculpture

Felicia said...

I can see how you are drawn to this statue. So strong, elegant, and lifelike.

WendyB said...

He looks so beautiful against the yellow leafy background.

Annie said...

He looks quite majestic, like a lord. And I think you're quite right about how nicely the framing sets him off.

Thiên said...

Very beautifully captured Lynette. He does look very strong and regal.

Lilli & Nevada said...

The racks on him really make him stand out.
Yes a little bit of snow for you there would be nice, but not much the freezing rain is what you really don't want there.
I know we are not getting the snow here in Bend like they hoped we would have by now.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I like it too -- like you, I'm not sure why.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Very beautiful. Another great shot of the statue.