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Rose City Surprise

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 June 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Portland, Oregon calls itself The Rose City. The Portland Rose Garden - perched upon a hillside to the west of downtown has a world wide reputation for its beauty. Many of the city's smaller parks also sport roses - and there are private rose gardens everywhere you turn - even in the most modest of neighborhoods.

Yet nothing prepared me for the surprise that my niece, Sarah, revealed in this charming little area she's just moved into. A large area of small, wood framed homes north of the Willamette River. After lunch (described in yesterday's post) - we drove about a dozen blocks to where she introduced me to the North Portland Peninsula Rose Garden. A formal garden amidst a working class neighborhood. This is a masterpiece of horticulture that could be considered world class in its own right. I was dazzled. A diamond set in brass. Nicely polished brass.

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Fantastic image Stephen, and a great composition - I like your placement of the fountain to the right hand side - the sky, as usual, is fantastic!

14 Jun 2010 5:08am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Beautiful smile !

14 Jun 2010 6:22am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Nice composition Stephen! Is she going to jump? :)

14 Jun 2010 11:48am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great angle you used here. I also may have make a mental note to quote you on "A diamond set in brass".

14 Jun 2010 1:14pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States


14 Jun 2010 3:33pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb smiling portrait and a very beautiful composition ! Many things to see in this picture !

14 Jun 2010 4:06pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A well put together frame with a good lead in.

14 Jun 2010 6:23pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Looks like you found a real gem!!!

14 Jun 2010 10:20pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I would be thrown out, as I leave the walkways and climb into the beds to discover discover about the rose. best...jerry

15 Jun 2010 4:03am

@ordinaryimages: Hi, Jerry - I suspect you are wrong. First - I saw no one there to throw out you or anyone else - and in the individualistic spirit of the Northwest - unless you were doing something to hurt the plants (you wouldn't) - I believe no one would question your detours to investigation. Joyous (if somewhat cloudy) light...