Welcome, Wanderers
- START OF BLOG -
In 2000, I started commuting year-round by bicycle to my workplace in downtown Portland. My 10-mile round-trip ride, which I did for 10 years, was the perfect way to start and finish each work day. In 2010, when I started working at a job closer to home, I switched gears and began walking year-round to my new workplace. My five-mile round-trip work walks soon led to extended weekend walks, and thousands of miles and photos of sights I saw along the way. You can read more about my life in Alaska and Oregon, as well as some of my personal views here.

- PORTLAND NOW and THEN / 2020 Updates -
You will find all of my walks from 2017 to 2019 on this site. I am slowly adding photo albums from my bicycle rides and walks from 2008 to 2016. I began walking a lot in 2011, so I have many photos to go through. The culling is a labor of love, however, since I enjoy retracing my steps. I hope to complete all of my updates in 2020 and then optimize this Adobe Portfolio site for faster access.

- My Digital Photo Gear -
I walk long distances, in all weather, so I like to carry light gear. I currently use a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. It is lightweight, has a small form factor, and performs well. In hard rains it can be challenging to keep dry though, so I still use my smartphone now and then.

- My Analog Photo Gear -
In the early-80’s, when I was a student in the (then) University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska Wilderness Studies program, I used an Olympus XA 35mm rangefinder on my backpacking and mountaineering trips. I have many fond memories associated with the camera — my spouse, my friends, our back-country trips, and our bring-your-own-slides shows. It was a different age and type of social media experience. You will find photos of some of my Alaska hikes among the albums here. Eventually, I will upload more of my earlier Alaska backpacking, mountaineering and ocean kayaking trip photos.

- My Social Media -
From 2009 to 2019, I was active on social media and frequently posted as @WalksInPortland and later as @PNWPhotoWalks. I enjoyed engaging family and friends, real and virtual. I am now trying to be more social in real life, so I am only posting photos here and on Flickr. Although I tend to favor positive images and progressive politics, please note that my photos are not necessarily endorsements. I prefer to let the viewer decide.

- My Flickr Workflow -
After my walks, I edit and then post selected photos to Flickr. You can use my photos on Flickr but you must follow these Creative Commons license terms. I have not and do not intend to sell any of my photos. I use a third-party service to monitor inappropriate copyright usage. The photos I upload to Flickr often have captions. If the caption is a link, it will only be active in Flickr and not on this website. In Flickr, use right-click to open the link in a new page.

- Privacy Matters -
I respect people’s privacy, so I try to not capture personally identifiable information. I do not geotag my photos, but I do capture signs and signposts along my routes for general orientation. I do tend to wander without purpose though.

- Comments / Questions? -
In closing, I encourage you to wander and I invite you to take a journey through my photos. Drop me a note if you have any comments or questions. If our paths have not crossed yet, perhaps they will in the future.
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