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the willamette river reflects the city lights and overcast sky of portland oregon

Portland and the Willamette River at Night

Posted on | Shot on at 18:00:00

I have to look up the spelling of Willamette every time I post a photo of it. I want to spell it Wilamette or Willamette or something. Anyway, I shot this photo on an overcast, drizzly spring night from the Eastbank Esplanade.

A friend and I spent a few hours last spring walking around Waterfront Park from the Morrison Bridge up towards the Pearl, over the Steel Bridge into the Lloyd District and then back along the Eastbank Esplanade to the Hawthorne Bridge. Across the river on the skyline of north downtown Portland, from left to right, is the neon Made in Oregon sign, US Bank Tower, and Portland Helipad. Plus a couple other buildings I don’t know the names of.

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  • i’ve been to Portland but i don’t remember the Willamette River. it must be a cool river though because all your photographs of it are really appealing.

  • @michele Oh yeah, the Willamette is the main river through downtown Portland, it meets up with the Columbia to the north and then flows on out to the Pacific Ocean. On the interstate you just bump over it fast on a bridge. The Willamette River Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country.

  • looks pretty turbulent on your side of the river.. that’s a nice cityscape you captured here.. well done.. :)

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  • Shutter speed: 4 sec
  • Focal length: 17 mm
  • Aperture: f/5.6

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