portland places : My Downtown Bus Stop


My downtown bus stop has a glass covering, like an observatory on the passing seasons. In spring, I crane my neck to watch the cherry blossoms. In summer, I stare up into a canopy of the greenest green I've ever seen.

But, in winter .... oh winter, we aren't friends, are we? I've always found it a bit ircksome to hear people - of a certain California variety - talk about how much they love the rain. I roll my eyes at every similar status update from San Diego. Perhaps it's the curse of curly hair, but I'm less than impressed with sprinkling.

Today, I stood below the swirling patters, pooling on the sheet of glass. And, I finally understood the romance of the rain. It's not in the drips, or the drizzling wet, but being safe on the other side.

[ on film with minolta srt-201. full frames on flickr. ]

11 comments:

  1. Rain has never looked so good, Sam! I totally am one to roll my eyes when people say they love "rain." Sure, I loved rain too when I lived in desert. It rained once every three months and it was a day to stay inside read a book and sip on tea. Not so in Portland. It just means wet feet and crap hair. :) I do admit I love the green so it's a trade off I guess.

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  2. communikate : you totally get it! It's hard to appreciate something that's ever present. But this dry winter has given me a little bit of an attitude adjustment.

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  3. These are such beautiful pictures. You really do make rain look romantic...even if I love it a lot less since moving from California...

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  4. perfect pictures paired with perfect words.

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  5. ooo i love the leaves! and I definitely judge the places I've lived or visited by how the climate affected my hair. the PNW is proooobably out forever, though beautiful :)

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  6. rain can feel romantic and comforting can't it... given you're indoors and warm and dry and the hair is frizz free (my poor curls are not appreciated). it's summer here but the rains are still upon us.... - love the images!

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  8. Anna : I've always wanted to move to Georgia, but I've worried about the same thing. (super embarrassing to admit ... but really, bad hair days are the worst!)

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  9. You know, in all my longing to move to Portland, I never even considered my horribly frizzy hair. I still think it would be worth it, though.

    Gorgeous post as usual :)

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  10. I love these images, but especially with your last line of text. I have to admit that I sometimes do say "I love the rain," or "I love the snow," but as you so lovely put it, what I actually love is staying inside, protected from those elements.

    ps. sorry for the bogus reply above! my computer was behaving strangely :)

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  11. absolutely beautiful images and I like the idea of being safe on the other side..

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