My Portland sojourn is about to end, and while we saw so very much on our visit, there never is enuf time. We did the highlights, some of which we’d seen/done before but that we knew had a fine payoff and were worth repeating.
Among them was the Japanese Garden, which we will probably always visit when we come. (Just as we always visit the botanical garden when we travel to St. Louis.) The Japanese Garden is comprised of a series of vignettes, little settings of scene and serenity that surprise you when you come around a turn in the path. My sky scene above was such. I happened to look up at the clear blue sky (which is a treat in Portland, I’m told) and saw the contrast with the vivid green of the bamboo. (They tell me there is even a mountain east of the city, called Mt. Hood, that has allegedly been seen by human eyes, but the sky is generally overcast and obscures it. Even on the clear days here, I’ve had it pointed out to me, but in the haze it looks more like a cloud that a mountain.)
Below is a bonus photo: one of the many scenes you come upon at the Japanese Garden. Enjoy.