Photo of the Day – August 29, 2012


Photo of the Day – August 29, 2012

“When we face our fears, we can find our freedom.”
Joyce Meyer

Lighted Doorway,” Japanese Gardens, Portland. Photo taken with permission. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 29, 2012


Flower of the Day – August 29, 2012

“Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Satin,” Portland Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 16, 2012


Flower of the Day – August 16, 2012

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin

Dad’s Rose,Portland Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

This rose is for you Dad, always loved, always missed, never forgotten.

Photo of the Day – August 7, 2012


dPhoto of the Day – August 7, 2012

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Dragonfish,” Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland Oregon. Photo taken with Permission. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Photo of the Day – July 30, 2012


Photo of the Day – July 30, 2012

Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Abandoned,” Riverfront, Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer:
©  2012 Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, All Rights Reserved.

Summer in the Gardens

Japanese Gardens Portland – Lilith’s Grasp, Japanese Maple

Lloyd and I love Living in Portland. It has so many fabulous amenities all within a short distance from our home; we feel blessed to have chosen such a place to call home.  Because of this, we love to have guests visit from out of town so we can show off why Portland is so special.  This summer has been no exception, we had the pleasure of hosting one of our favorite Aussie cousins, Cathy, who was visiting us on her way to Vegas on business. We had a marvelous time as always. Great laughs, food, and of course Oregon Pinot Noir.  In the three days she was here, there was wine tasting at local wineries (I sat this one out), and a trip to the Japanese Gardens and Rose Gardens. When Cathy arrived she did so with a newly broken toe which didn’t stop her from wanting to see the city a foot cast and all, she hobbled around. We were such a motley crue, one hobbling around in a cast, Lloyd packing around the camera gear while and pushing Deloris with me holding more camera gear. You would think we liked to take pictures or something. It is merely our thing.

Our two favorites gardens is where we headed, both of which are located in Downtown Portland: the Rose Gardens and the Japanese Gardens. Both are nestled within the 5,500 acres of natural preserve land in Portland, thus making it the largest urban park of its kind in the world. Yep another great reason to visit. We are pretty proud to call Portland home. Wow try to say that one fast. We are are lucky to also have the highest rated Japanese Gardens outside of Japan as well and one of the best Rose Gardens in the country, making Portland truly the city of Roses. There are many places to visit within one hour of Portland in every direction making it a great destination for those who are looking for a great long weekend getaway. Click here for a guide of things to see and do. First stop, The Portland Rose Gardens. Enjoy!

Garden Steps and Roses

These lush gardens are planted along a tiered hillside in roughly three levels, with stairs situated in the middle and at either ends and places in between and a long relatively steep paved ramp at one end for those who prefer to avoid the stairs.

Stone Columns

Situated at the base of the gardens.The roses basically are planted in rows, each individually named and planted in some semblance of order, by color.

Row of Roses and Garden Clouds

The thick rows of roses as far as the eye can see. Truly amazing gardens you won’t be disappointed, even if you think it might not be your thing, you will love it. Trust me. The gardens are stunning.  Each of the rows zig-zag gradually down the hillside with a mixture of concrete paths, this being on the main level, and a mixture of small stone and grassy paths which parallel the rows of roses. Portland also hosts a Rose Festival in June with a parade full of roses. It is quite spectacular and draws people from all over the world.

A Rose is Just a Rose as Pink is Merely Pink

Because our city is so wonderful, we jump at the chance to share as many of fun places with our friends and family when they pop in for a visit. While we spend a fair share of our times at these places anyway, it is always great to spread the fun around. Plus they see first hand why we chose to live here. Summer is definitely the best time to visit as the city is a rainbow of color as the flowers are in full bloom in an array of vibrant colors varieties and fragrant bouquets ready to be found in the gardens, and at the many the local markets around the area. Also very cool to visit.

Blood Red

If you have been following our posts you will likely noticed a few of these beauties have been shown as photos/flowers of the day, they are so lovely they deserved a second glance and especially for those who have never seen the beauty of the Rose Gardens.  Okay, I also had to include Mr. Squirrel. He was merely to cute not to post again.

Mr. Squirrel

Orange on Black

Sexy Hot Pink

Please note each of the roses in the garden have their own official names given by the rose society. The names used here are my names; the same holds true of the photos from the Japanese gardens at least for some of the water features.

Light Peach

Yellow Bud on Black

Bright White

Tipped in Pink

Yellow Lemon


One of my favorites. Such a unique color. One doesn’t expect to see.

Orange Marmalade

Candy Cane 

Another one of my favorites reminds me of Christmas in June.

Bright Pink 

Basically, I chose my favorite roses. I literally have hundreds of photos of roses in every color under the sun. I will spare you. I will be posting more on our web site, and Red Bubble site hopefully within the week. If you are interested in seeing more. They are each beautiful in their own way. I found when we were there my endorphins go into overload mode, they were bouncing all over from bush to bush. It was crazy nuts! everywhere I looked was a new and different colored rose. I know I was driving Lloyd crazy directing me to go in five directions at once. Or so he believed. Ha!

Next stop the Japanese Gardens. If you visit this lovely garden, there is a fee or membership options available. The membership option makes it affordable and sensible for locals, as we can bring out of town guests for free. We have a membership. This is also why you will see a “with permission” tag on all of the photos we take from these gardens after our copyrights information. While photos are allowed, professional photographers must receive permission to post their photos for viewing and selling. Primarily if the photos are going to be sold. In case you were wondering.

Mt. Hood from the Japanese Gardens

We saw the gardens at the perfect time in terms of weather, not too hot, not too cold, and not yet raining. When we stepped into the car when the day was done, it rained.  A break for Cathy, ha pun intended, as we made our way through these beautiful gardens. I still think Lloyd had it worse pushing me up the hills. ADA compliant my ass, or his. Ha!

Upper Pond

Magical Tree of Life, Wisdom, and Knowledge

Heavenly Falls

Glowing Falls

One of my favorite photos. Those who follow have seen it before. No you are seeing things. It is true. The following images however are what makes the gardens so special especially in mid-June –  the water iris’ which only bloom for a short time in June, then they are done, leaving a carpet of green rig-zagging along a wooden boardwalk which takes one through the wetlands and over the stream. We were lucky enough to capture many  in bloom. Beautiful. The week before only a couple were in bloom. This iris species is different from the garden varieties as they completely open up exposing brilliant silky petals in shades of brilliant purple to blue, to white and dotted with brilliant yellow. Amazing.

Garden of Purple Passion

White Water Iris

New Life



Stepping Stones of Life

Hidden by the Carex spp. (grass species) which is blooming nearly covering the hidden waterfall and stepping stones inside the stream which trickles along amongst the lush vegetation.

Tree of Knowledge

This tree is one of many similar maples and this particular one is amazing; even during summer the wondrous colors of this tree – stunning.

Into the Fire

So that concludes our trip to the Portland Rose Gardens and the Portland Japanese Gardens. I hope you enjoyed the shots. It was a lot of fun taking the pictures. I look forward to going back soon to see what has evolved since our last visit. Soon.



Photo of the Day – July 17, 2012


Photo of the Day – July 17, 2012

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Japanese Red Maple Leaves

“Japanese Red Maple,” Portland Japanese Gardens ( with permission), Portland Oregon; Copyrights belongs to the photographer: Louise Edwards

Photo of the Day – July 14, 2012


Photo of the Day – July 14, 2012

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
― William Faulkner

A Glance to the Skies“, Under the St. John’s Bridge, Portland, Oregon; copyright belongs to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards.

Photo of the Day – June 30, 2012


Photo of the Day – June 30, 2012

One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“Into the Heavens,” St. John’s Bridge, Portland, Oregon

Flower of the Day – June 21, 2012


Flower of the Day – June 21

Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~ Hans Christian Anderson, The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Lemon Butter“, Yellow Rose Bud, Portland Rose Gardens, Portland, Oregon