Summer Walks and Special Effects

Yesterday I went on a Ten Toe Walk led by Rich Cassidy as part of the PBOT SmartTrips program. The walk started at The Grotto, a serenely lovely spot in East Portland which, in addition to a chapel and grotto at the base of the cliff also has a very lovely park above the cliffs, you have to take an elevator to get to it but it's worth the $4 ticket. If you're coming in on the 205 from the airport you'll notice the giant cross on the cliff; that's the Grotto. 

The walk went from the Grotto along a path which borders I-205 and the east side of Rocky Butte and then headed up to the top of Rocky Butte Park which has been renovated in the 1990s by a private group. The construction of all the rock walls and ramparts was a WPA project. Lots of good views. Always good photo ops. 

I really liked the people silhouetted against the sky at the top of the steps in this photo and cropped in on them and enlarged them to get a sense of the moment the photo was taken. 

Very ... almost viking-like elements on these lights. They actually work now. 

Very ... almost viking-like elements on these lights. They actually work now. 





I like the composition of this photo and the way the lady in green is the focus. Also like the head peeking out below her skirt.

I like the composition of this photo and the way the lady in green is the focus. Also like the head peeking out below her skirt.

The original photo ... shows how much I enlarged it.

The original photo ... shows how much I enlarged it.