Saturday, April 11, 2015

Southwest Portland in April

A Walk in the Rain

A view over NW and SW Portland, with Freemont Bridge.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Northern Pearl District in Portland, Oregon

Not everything in the Pearl district has been revitalized yet.  I really like some of these interesting, beat up old buildings that are still hanging around from the Warehousing/Industrial era.

Under the Fremont Bridge


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Portland Hummingbirds

One of the intriguing things I've noticed since moving to Portland (from Ontario, Canada where winter can be very harsh), is the number of Hummingbirds I see in this area. I see them year round and on a regular basis. Sure, seeing them in the Summer is not such a surprise, but in the middle of Winter? and what the hell are they eating? Hummingbirds live on flower nectar and sucrose. I do see people putting out feeders, but there are only so many feeders around, and there doesn't appear to be a ton of flowers available when it gets colder during October thru January. 

Male Anna's Hummingbird -
(taken on March 1st at NW 17th Ave. and Everett St.
Portland, Oregon.)
So I did a bit of investigation and found some interesting things:  There are several species of Hummingbirds in the Pacific Northwest region, close to ten actually. Of those, the Anna's Humming bird (shown above) is one of the non-migratory Hummingbirds that live here and stay here year-round. They didn't really inhabit the Pacific Northwest region until 1940 or so. Before that they were primarily in California, where flowers were more abundant year round. So what changed? Why did they move north? In the 1870's the Blue Gum Eucalyptus tree was introduced in California, where it flourished. A native of Australia, It was brought in primarily to provide shade, lumber and wood for railroad ties. with its ability grow quickly, especially in hot, dry climates, areas that were once treeless plains - now were occupied by flowering shrubs. These Eucalyptus trees eventually moved northward through the San Francisco Bay area and eventually up into Southern Oregon. With the Blue Gum Eucalyptus' hardiness and ability to flower during winter months, the Hummingbirds simply followed the nectar.  

Hummingbirds in the Oregon and Portland area do however rely heavily on the many feeders that people put out in their yards etc., and have adapted to living on that as well as the mix of flower nectar from many shrubs and plants that have been introduced to the Pacific Northwest over the last century, plants that flower during winter months like: Winter Jasmine, Viburnum, SweetBox, Witch Hazel, Oregon Grape and Heather. Because of this, it has provided an environment that has allowed the Anna's Hummingbird, and many others, to populate the area and continue to live comfortably in the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Portland on the last day of February

It was a beautiful day in Portland today, and a great opportunity to take some shots:

Crab Apple Blossoms in the Pearl District 
Downtown Portland

Magnolia Blossoms in China Town

I love Palm Trees!

Plaque on the old Police Headquarters building.

 S.W. 1st Ave. and Ankeney Street, near the Portland Saturday Market.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday February 22nd

Some recent images taken in Downtown Portland, Goose Hollow and the Pearl District.

The Brasserie Montmartre in downtown Portland, one of my favourite places to visit for a drink and some live Jazz Music.

Magnificent Magnolia Blossoms in February! Pic taken in Goose Hollow.

Jazz club in the Pearl District.