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Photography: A little research yields interesting finds……

On a recent hike along Reed Lake (Portland, Oregon), I had occasion to walk up out of the ‘Canyon’ onto Reed College campus. I took a quick shot of a building and moved on across the Blue Bridge to the other side of the lake. Today, I was looking at the image and decided to use it here and a little research was in order (style, name, etc.) Well, as a result, I learned a few interesting things.

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Eloit Hall at Reed College. Designed by A.E. Dooley in 1920. Gothic-Tudor style.

I learned that A.E. Dooley was a varied and prolific architect/designer in Oregon. He died at a young age of 53 (1928) of Bright’s Disease (Acute Kidney Stones). I also learned that Dooley was the architect behind two varied buildings I have fond memories of as a very young boy.

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Forestry Building-Portland, Oregon-Lewis & Clark Expo, 1905

As a very little guy, there are pictures of me standing in front of this large log structure in 1951. We lived a few blocks away from this building and I can recall walking about inside in later years as a young boy. It burned to the ground years later from workman’s carelessness.

Multnomah_Falls_Lodge_1_800HIn the old days, as well as today, one always took out-of-town guests for a drive up the ‘Gorge’ (Columbia River Gorge). In the day, it was up the Scenic Highway, a narrow winding country road. The freeway (Interstate 84) was built later and then there was a quicker way East to the ‘Fall’s’ exit. Multnomah Falls and the Lodge were always a must see stop. Years later the Falls froze and an ice flow developed to such an extent that the left side of the Lodge was crushed necessitating reconstruction. This photo from 1925, shows the Lodge from my younger years (no not the cars).

So A.E. Dooley was quite the diverse designer until his untimely death…I guess they are often ‘untimely’. A little jaunt, a reflexive snap and followup research yielded a nice discovery today.


A Hike: Historic Apple Tree, A Great Project

I decided to explore the headwaters of a small stream that provides habitat to waterfowl and some fish. Crystal Springs ultimately flows into the Willamette River (via Johnson Creek), but not until it flows through Reed Gulch. It is a special, fragile place wedged between residences and Reed College. Today, I noticed a very small plaque and a wired off fragile looking planting.

photography-nature-trees-apple-history-swittersbI took some photos and when I got home I decided to research The Old Apple Tree Project and made a very pleasant discovery of some history. The Old Apple Tree Project flows from a grant provided by Awesome Portland ($1000.) 

The project entailed taking twelve cuttings from what is believed to be the oldest apple tree in the Pacific NW (1826…..a great story here) and grafting them to form 12 plantings around the Portland/Vancouver area to perpetuate the original tree’s genetics.

Apple seeds from London, via a lady who saved the seeds from a baked apple pie served at a farewell dinner for a soldier; she tucked them into that soldier’s vest pocket and asked him to plant them when he arrived around the world. The seeds were indeed planted by Dr. McLoughlin (Hudson Bay Company) on behalf of the soldier near a stockade on what is now Vancouver, Washington. 170 years later the tree had survived many mishaps, but the above project will carry on the tree’s heritage.

I enjoyed finding this small planting in a not so visible spot today. It even looks to be near what was is an old orchard of some sort. 


Reed Canyon & Fish? (Inner City Discovery)

My 93 y/o aunt lives adjacent to Reed Canyon and the headwaters of Crystal Springs. I never paid  much attention. So, recently I was driving her to an appointment and what did I see but an obvious habitat improvement project. But, why there? I did a little query and what do you know, a fish habitat story worth following: The Reed Canyon Restoration Project

“Between 1973 and 1993, four population inventories found 16 species of fish from eight different families in Reed Lake. These included: Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (juveniles and adults); Steelhead and/or Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (juveniles and adults); Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki (juveniles and adults)…”

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Crystal Springs from Reed Canyon (Habitat Improvement) SwittersB

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It will be interesting to followup on this project over time to see if a safe passage way can be established/maintained.

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