Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crane Fashion

Northwest Portland is a great place to spot examples of cutting-edge crane fashion.  Carefully coordinating the crane's colors with the building colors produces a sophisticated, elegant look (above).  It's worth taking the time to find the best looking crane.  A mismatched, clashing crane would look sloppy, and may even create the impression that you only have one crane.

A bold contrasting crane color can also work (above).  Notice how the yellow logo on the blue body serves as an accent color to link the crane with the building, and the horizontal position of the crane keeps it from competing with the background.

Well, that's all for this look at crane fashion.  I'll be out looking for more examples to show you.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday photos

St. Johns Bridge

Today I went out to the St. Johns area, I wanted to look at the water level in the Willamette river, since we've had so much rain and flooding lately, and I thought I'd take some photos with the Fuji X10.  The photo above was my favorite of the day.


While I was at Cathedral Park under the St. Johns bridge, I noticed quite a few other photographers there taking photos of the bridge.  I guess it is a pretty common subject, in fact, I've seen a lot of photos that look like sort of like the one above.  This spot kind of jumps out as an obvious place to stop and take a picture, because it is right on the main path through the park.


I also saw a bright purple fire hydrant.  I wonder who picked this color.


Down at the river, the water level was high, and the water was very muddy.  It rained most of the time while I was walking around.  While I was right here I met two women who were out for a walk, and they asked me if I remember the flood back in 1996.  I did, and we talked about that for a while.


Then I went to the Chinese Garden.  They had decorated it with lanterns to get ready for their celebration of the Chinese New Year.


I also encountered some fish and some dragons.

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Even though it was rainy, it was fun to get out of the house and have some quiet time.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fanno Creek flooding

Fanno Creek flooding today at SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon.

The water swept across the road and appeared to be at least 6" deep in places.


The water went over the bridge here

The pedestrian bridge is level with the water


Oh, but that would have been a perfect parking place!