Portland Sunrise

I was in Portland last weekend and got up early to catch the sunrise on the waterfront. What a beautiful morning it was. Maralee

Big Cats

These were some of the big cats at the Portland Zoo.  I'm quite sure that this is the Cheetah.The tiger was napping the whole time we were there. I'm not sure how to tell if the cat below is a leopard or a jaguar.  I'm sure someone can tell me. We didn't get to see the …

Penguin Exhibit

The penguin exhibit was a busy place the day we were there.  They had just fed the fish and both the penguins and birds were active.  But shooting through damp plexiglass is not ideal for taking photographs so everything is a little fuzzy. I don't know what kind of birds these are, but they're pretty …

Queen of the West

The cruise paddle wheeler "Queen of the West" was parked on the Columbia River the day before we left Portland.  The first cruise of the season was scheduled to begin April 26th. A heavy rainstorm had passed over about 30 minutes before I took this photo.  The sky had cleared above me but the ominous clouds …

Great Blue Heron

While in Portland this weekend, we stayed near the Columbia River. I took several walks along the river and spotted these Great Blue Herons.  I understand they are fairly common in this area, but I hadn't seen once since growing up in Minnesota a number of decades ago.  So I was thrilled to be able to photograph …