Posts Tagged ‘Portland Oregon

17
Jun
17

Oregon State Flower: Oregon Grape

Naturally occuring in a wetland along the Columbia River Slough near Portland, Oregon. The plant has bright yellow flowers in the Spring.

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23
Nov
13

Technology & Mapping: Awesome Imagery!

Portland Map Age HomesThis is a cool site that is somewhat interactive. It shows various cities around the world. I include my home town, Portland, Oregon (USA). The top map shows homes older than 1880 and up to present construction. The next pic is my neighborhood. Using this interactive site requires you know something about your city overlay as the roads are not labeled. 

Home Area PortlandI came by this at Map Lab and then to Lab Rat Revenge

“When Justin Palmer stumbled across a dataset that included the year nearly every building in the Portland metro area was built, he was curious how old the buildings on his block are. Instead of just searching the data for his neighbors’ addresses, he made the beautiful map above.”

“He posted the map on his website, and it soon caught the eye of other mapmakers. Just a few days later, Thomas Rhiel published a similar map of Brooklyn, spurred by New York City’s release of a huge dataset known as PLUTO. Pretty soon, more maps began popping up. Soon there was a map of all of New York City, one of Reykjavik, Iceland, and one of Ljubljana, Slovenia, each with its own amazing colors, patterns and stories.”

Learn Along With Us How to Make a Map of Building Ages

“These maps make more than just pretty pictures. Palmer learned from his map that Portland’s oldest building identifiable by name was built in 1851. Only 942 structures are left from the 1890s while 75,434 built in the 1990s are still standing. Palmer graphed the steep and steady decline of new buildings since 2005.”

It is a little confusing to negotiate at first but interesting to explore. Give it a try…especially you well traveled folks.

23
Nov
13

Photography: Fall’s Spectrum

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13
Nov
13

Photography: Spanning the Willamette River

I went down to the South end of town yesterday to take a look at the light rail bridge under construction. I took a few more photographs of the Marquam Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge. The Willamette River runs through the Portland, Oregon/Metro area. It is spanned by twelve bridges (Oregon City to North Portland.

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The Portland-Milwaukie (PMLR) Bridge under construction. Ross Island Br. in distance. (Nov. 2013)

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PMLR Bridge Signage

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The old Hawthorne Bridge with a center span lift capacity.

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Marquam Bridge…Double Decker span (SwittersB)

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Marquam Bridge (SwittersB)

The PMLR Bridge construction site is lit up at night. I want to explore walking out on to the Ross Island Bridge, at night, and see if I can capture a decent shot. I would try the Marquam Bridge, but there is no pedestrian passage so if you are on foot up there you are usually a jumper.

11
Sep
13

Photography: Solitude & Poor Recall

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Deep In The Quiet Wood (James Weldon Johnson)

“Are you bowed down in heart? Do you but hear the clashing discords and the din of life? Then come away, come to the peaceful wood, Here bathe your soul in silence. Listen!”

Some of you follow along enough to know I have that fascination with older cemeteries. They are old by Oregon standards. Pioneer parcels that have interesting graves from my perspective. Recently, I have been trying to find a very small graveyard that I recall visiting in the mid 80′s. Even then, it was overgrown and forgotten. No fence, no signs. There was a low wrought iron fence around one grave. Few headstones. Someone had been digging up a grave to steal the contents. The disappearance of a cemetery is highly unique in this area. Here, in this image, I found a parcel of land that seems the same size and look, as I recall it, and I surveyed the area for any signs of graves without success.The search will continue, but probably more via records.

 

08
Sep
13

Photography: Old Sign & No Seating

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A very vintage sign with a neon touch, from long ago, at the Forest Park Burgers site on NW Skyline. Shut down for decades, the sign shows that wear that adds to its charm of old. Once a destination to escape the confines of Portland, the spot has long been closed down and forgotten, overshadowed by all the trendy eateries of Portland. The picnic tables are being over come by the ivy that unfortunately invaded Forest Park long ago from nearby gardeners that introduced the vegetation.

The don’t pee here admonition was nailed to the wall in a somewhat remote spot where someone might sneak to for immediate relief. 

I noticed the neon burger sign has been photographed by quite a few others, so I am glad my eye saw the potential. I was in the area searching for an old cemetery, which I have yet to find. Still looking.

12
Nov
12

Cemetery History & The Forgottens

Interesting History of Chinese & ‘Insane Asylum’ Unmarked Graves

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Not a very exciting photo, this SW corner on the Lone Fir Cemetery. A hundred and some years ago, deceased Chinese residents were boated across the Willamette River and then carted up to this spot and buried in unmarked graves. Some records, few records were kept. Also, a nearby mental hospital disposed of some deceased ‘insane’ at this spot in unmarked graves. Years later, knowingly or unknowingly (seriously?) a two story building was built by Multnomah County atop this entire space. Some ten years ago, it was torn down. There was a rush to remove the remains before grave robbers raided the remains. At that time, I recall positioning security officers at this site over night to protect the graves. Now a garden like monument is in the offering to ‘honor’ the notorious spot/plots.




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