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Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Since moving to Portland less than a year ago, I’m still in awe of the nearly constant presence of water. It falls from the sky, though not nearly as much as I expected, and it pools up in small ponds around town, and some wetlands a bit farther out. But water’s real presence can mostly be found in the rivers. As an inner Southeast Portland dweller, that mostly means the Willamette, and occasionally the Columbia. …

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Portland: Living the Rock Star Dream

Portland: Living the Rock Star Dream

As you can imagine, Portland is living up to my expectations. My initial observations: The biking here is amazing; it’s like critical mass every day! We got lost coming over the Hawthorne Bridge. We were with a bunch of cyclists, but got stuck at a light on SE Hawthorne and 11th. The others were gone, completely out of sight. Yes, you know where they went, but we didn’t as newbies. They went straight into the …

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Moving to Portland: Initial Impressions

Moving to Portland: Initial Impressions

After years of planning and much delayed gratification, we finally took the step of moving to Portland, Oregon this month. The timing was somewhat dictated by circumstances. The lease at our Superior, Colorado apartment was ending, I had just lost my job, and the summer heat of metro Denver was on our minds after last year’s sweltering, smoky summer. Plus, the thought of  crossing six mountainous states in a moving van any time when their …

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‘City Birds’ Explores Nature in an Urban Environment

I just put together this short film that is an exploration of place and the beauty of nature found even in an urban environment. All footage comes from Cherry Creek in downtown Denver, near the confluence with the South Platte River, an area rich in history. It was once the seasonal camp for up to 1,500 native people led by Chief Little Raven, and it was also where Denver was founded. Today this part of …

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William Lamson’s Place- and Time-Based Art

Last night I had the pleasure to find an unexpected film-based work at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. William Lamson’s Action for the Delaware is as captivating as it is difficult to characterize. Lamson himself, and the Delaware River, are both subjects in this work. In essence, the artist attempts (and succeeds) in giving the illusion that he’s standing on the surface of the river. But rather than leave it at that, which is …

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Remembering Denver’s Beats

Remembering Denver’s Beats

Neal Cassady would have been 85 years old today, and some people in Denver remembered. We happened into the Mercury Cafe looking for vegetarian dinner before the Denver’s RiNo first friday art walk on Feb. 3, just as a celebration of Cassady was going on upstairs in the ballroom. After dinner we headed up for readings and music inspired by Cassady, and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people remembered a figure who …

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Short Film ‘Pond’ Looks at Life Close to Home

I love to explore places, especially near my own home. Being new to Colorado, this give me lots of opportunities to see places with a fresh perspective. This pond right outside my front door sits in an open space in Superior, Colorado, that follows the course of a creek and is a fusion of natural and built elements used to filter runoff of pollutants and provide wildlife habitat. The area is thick with all manner …

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Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

One of the West’s classic hikes, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim is an epic walk that takes you through the heart of one of the most geologically interesting areas on Earth. At 22 miles (35.4 km) long and with 10,310 ft (3142 m) of elevation change and often hot temperatures, this is a tough hike for most people. It is usually recommended to break it up over the course of two or three days, using the designated …

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Pictures from the 45th Parallel

Pictures from the 45th Parallel

In the neighborhood of the 45th Parallel, it stays light out very late into the evening. This shot, taken about four weeks ago, shows us just the tail end of twilight. Note that my dash clock says it’s 8:45. I don’t generally have dinner until after dark, so I eat late. I recently visited Astoria, OR and the northern Oregonian coast. I of course found a sweet bookshop. I mean, how is it possible that …

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Snapshots from Stumptown

Snapshots from Stumptown

I found Cool Cottons on Hawthorne and SE 27th yesterday. I bought some reddish cotton for a new shirt I’m making. The store is spacious, warm and friendly. The prices weren’t too steep either! The fabric is currently being washed and I’m very excited to be getting back into my sewing. This is a random shot of an art gallery I walked passed last night. It’s on NW 12th near-ish to Glisan. It’s great that …

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