Its time for another edition of Where We Live, the blog circle project I’m participating in! Be sure to follow the link at the bottom to see the hometowns of other amazing photographers.


Slowly, shapes began  to emerge from the cloud:
a distant green arch, a giant coiling cable.
The cloud of fog began to dissipate,
revealing more and more
of this hidden structure
until a massive bridge stood before Prue
Its vast span was interrupted by a pair of wide, flat towers,
hundreds of feet high,
each inset with a series of cathedral-like arches of varying sizes.

(From Wildwood, by Colin Meloy)


There are no less than 10 bridges connecting the East and West sides of Portland. Gephyrophobics, you’ve been warned!  By far the most beautiful is the St. John’s Bridge, connecting the St. Johns neighborhood to NW Portland and the Forest Park area. Below the bridge is Cathedral park, so named by the shapes the bridge’s columns create on the underside. Its a popular photography location in its own right. But the bridge!  No matter how many times I cross it, the structure never fails to amaze me with its stature and beauty.

Sauvie Island is one of the largest River Islands in the US, and was originally named Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Island is made up of gorgeous rolling hills, sandy beaches,  amazing views of Mt. St. Helens, and of course, farm after farm of delicious produce.  We take an annual blueberry picking trip to Sauvie Island every July. Here are a few photos from our trek across the great bridge and onto the Island.




Please follow the circle around for more amazing photos. Next up, the amazing Christa Paustenbaugh.

6 thoughts on “Where We Live | July {St Johns Bridge/Sauvie Is.}

  1. Kersten! These are fantastic! The architecture of that bridge is just amazing. And I love that last photo of your daughter. So sweet.

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  3. My reply was something like Rebeccah’s…although it was in my head and hers was already written! Look at the joy on your little girl’s face 🙂 Sweetest little girl! And I can’t get over the mountain in the distance with the snow! So beautiful!