November 18, 2003

Autumn in Portland


Light Rail Tracks


Old Town




Pioneer Square in the Rain


Driving at Night

Photos by Michael J. Totten

Posted by Michael J. Totten at November 18, 2003 12:46 AM

Michael, I absolutely must include Portland in my itinerary next time I visit your amazingly diverse country. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

Posted by: suzanne at November 18, 2003 02:42 AM

I grew up out on the northeast side (167th and Stark). I remember when Pioneer Square and the light rail were being made. Portland was an awesome city to grow up in. Big enough for a quasi-metropolitan flair, but small enough to learn your way around pretty thouroughly. I've lived in Connecticut for about 10 years now, and haven't been back west for that long. Thank you very much...great pictures (nostalgic sigh...)

Posted by: Rick at November 18, 2003 03:55 AM

Just when I think I'm finally getting comfortable living in San Jose...

Posted by: Christopher Luebcke at November 18, 2003 07:19 AM

Nice photos....I'd love to visit sometime!

Posted by: Mike Silverman at November 18, 2003 07:57 AM

Michael, those are beautiful pictures, especially the top pic. Portland looks wonderful!

Posted by: Matt Snyder at November 18, 2003 08:19 AM

More reminders of why I love my home state so damned much. I'll have to get out there to visit my brother and friends soon!

Posted by: Nathan at November 18, 2003 09:12 AM

This pictures make me ache for Portland. It reminds me of why I loved that city.

Posted by: Rich at November 18, 2003 10:29 AM

Nice pics. Thanks for showing people our fair town. I've been watching the (non-evergreen) foliage turn from my office. Leaves are nice to look at, but very hard to negotiate on crutches once they fall, let me tell you. When wet and pulverized, they form a perfect lubricant between my crutches and the street. I end up on my ass as a result.

Posted by: brett at November 18, 2003 11:27 AM

Nice pictures, Mike! I've been snapping photos, too, with my lomo ... When I get them devloped, I'll put them on my site. :) It makes me miss Iowa, though. Here, the hillsides are mostly green, despite the deciduous trees in the city. In Iowa, the entire landscape was set aflame with brilliant color. Sigh.

This has been a very beautiful autumn in Portland.

Posted by: karrie at November 18, 2003 03:54 PM


It sure is nice to have (ever)green around in December, though. Western Oregon must be the greenest place in the country (perhaps after Florida) on Christmas morning.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at November 18, 2003 04:08 PM

When I lived up there, the only mass transit was busing, and the Blazer home game would be on closed circuit at a theatre downtown. But autumn was a blessing....

Posted by: Steve Smith at November 18, 2003 04:25 PM

Being a native of New Orleans, autumn leaves and snow are not commonplace, but Portland has a certain beauty to it. I must visit sometiem after my military service ends. BTW, have you ever had a chance to visit New Orleans?

Posted by: Green Baron at November 19, 2003 06:09 PM


I actually find the evergreens oppressive in the winter ... So much green, all the time. I want more change ... but that's a reflection of where I grew up, I suppose.


Posted by: karrie at November 21, 2003 06:16 PM

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