The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a Portland park maintained by a group of wonderful volunteers who have created a truly beautiful venue for any nature photographer. The garden is filled with rhododendrons of all varieties, magnolia trees, flowers, water features and water fowl. There are many walking paths and bridges. Also a very large lake. The park is both family and pet friendly. Photographers are welcome. The park sits in a bowl so I have chosen to go a little later in the morning as to allow the light to filter through. If there is bright sunshine be prepared for some contrasty light. This is why you've been practicing HDR right? Lets hope for light overcast. This is a shooting event which means I'll be shooting but am always happy to answer questions.
Be sure to bring a:
Flash or other light modifiers
Lenses of choice from Wide Angle to extreme Telephoto(water fowl) and Macro
A $4.00 admission fee. Parking is free.
If it is cool be sure to layer. You might want to bring munchies and water, there is no snack stand.
Where we will meet: We will meet and carpool from the Starbucks parking area at Kiezer Station at 9:00 AM sharp. For those wanting to meet us at the garden please follow the directions below and expect us to be there around 10:00 AM. Look for us in the garden, it should not be hard to locate us. My Cell is [masked].
In case of heavy rain this event will be canceled.
Where it is: SE 28th Ave & SE Woodstock Blvd Portland OR
How to get there: Tried both Google maps and Mapquest and there directions are confusing at best. So use your GPS or follow the directions below.
Please read these before you leave.
Take I-5 N to I-205 N
From I-205 N Take Exit 17 Foster Rd
Take a Left (west) on Foster Rd
Go to SE 82nd Ave(Hwy 213) Take Left
Go to SE Woodstock Blvd. Take Right
Follow SE Woodstock past Reed College till it dead ends into SE 28th Ave.(a few miles)
Go Right on SE 28th Ave.
Within about 1/4 mile look for the garden entrance on your left. It is just opposite the west parking lot for Reed College which is used for overflow parking for the gardens.