The cherry blossoms at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park are one of the much-anticipated spring events in the city. The Akebono flowering cherry trees (Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’) lining the waterfront and the Japanese American Historical Plaza were given to the city of Portland by the Japanese Grain Importers Association of Tokyo in 1990. To beat the crowds, a handful of intrepid photographers head out there before dawn.
There’s a great view across the Willamette of the distinctive glass towers of the Oregon Convention Center in East Portland.
Before the sun rises, the park is lit by street lamps.
No sunrise that day, but still some good views.
My strategy for overcast days is often to overexpose and blow out the sky for a high-key look.
You can walk over the Steel Bridge to get a view of the whole park from the east side of the river.