Memaloose Overlook Winter

Memaloose Overlook, Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon.

Oregon winter offers bland colors, especially when the vegetation appears “dead” or dormant. The gray overcast sky, snow, and dark evergreen green trees in the hazy distant meant for very little color. I went with black and white for this scene instead.

Happy Birthday Oregon, Interstate Bridge

Happy birthday to both Oregon and the Interstate Bridge!

Oregon turns 158 today. The state was admitted to the United States union on February 14, 1859.

The Interstate Bridge northbound span (near) turns 100 today. It originally opened on February 14, 1917 as a flat, single span to relieve ferry traffic congestion crossing the Columbia River. The southbound span and the “hump” was added in 1958.

Lordi Swoops Into Portland

Lordi, the Finnish metal band made their tour’s first ever U.S. stop since their founding in 1992 in Portland, Oregon, Friday night at the Hawthorne Theater. Mr. Lordi himself took to the stage fueled with raging metal and awesomeness, and stunning demonic costumes. This is by far one of the top notch heavy metal performers I have seen in a long time.

Dead Nexus, Morbid Fascination, Dead Animal Assembly Plant, and Toxic Zombie all performed the opening. Most bands typically open with one or two openers, however, Lordi opened with four. Dead animal Assembly Plant was personally my favorite for the best performance and songs out of the four openers.


Thanks, Obama

I truly say this about a President who I may not always truly agree with on political ideas, but a President who also treated the people with respect and led the nation with integrity, values, respect, dignity, and professionalism.  President Barack Obama made America look good. For that I respect him and I will miss him, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Second Lady Jill Biden.

I say this with sincerity for the last time: thanks, Obama! Thank you all.

(Image: President Obama’s motorcade in Portland, Oregon, on May 8, 2015. Photo: Bryan Dorr)

More Snow Dumps

Another round of snow fell in Milwaukie on January 10, 2017. At the time I photographed downtown Milwaukie (Oregon), six inches of snow had already covered the ground around 11:00 p.m.  The snow started falling around 6:00 p.m.

Nothing like the Dark Horse Comics “Aliens vs. Predators” characters staying warm and cozy in shelter.

It is a bummer that Wine:30 had already closed for the night. Otherwise, what a fine night to enjoy a glass of fine Tempranillo out on the parklet.

Here Comes the Ice

The wintry weather returned to the Portland area Saturday. Overnight, a system moving in from the south started bringing light rain to the area. With the colder pockets of air and ground surfaces, the rain turned to ice.

S.E. 32nd Ave. in Milwaukie was a sheet of ice, mainly on where the bare pavement was exposed. Around 9:00 a.m., it seems the icy surface was in a transition. The ice weakened and felt a little slushy. Yet, anything with a rubber contact will not have much luck gripping.

Not until around 11:00 a.m. the temperature outside finally broke above the freezing threshold at 33°F (1°C).  The National Weather Service office in Portland has issued a Ice Storm Warning for the region for today, set to expire around 10:00 p.m. tonight. NWS forecast calls for rain on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 40s, then possibly straying back into winter conditions later this week.

I enjoy the snow, but the ice not so much. I rather keep the ice in my drinks or on the rink.