Soft colors gently glow as sunset brushes across the Willamette River in Oregon.
It’s difficult to believe unless you are there, but this particular stretch of the Willamette River – which looks so pristine and so distinctly out in the midst of nature – is actually in the midst of the busy freeway system near Portland, OR. Most of the time, people go flying by this sight, but when one parks off away from the traffic and walks down and along the river, one transports self into a place of beauty and tranquility.
Of course, with the freeway nearby, the noise is still there, but the further one walks, the more deeply one penetrates the secret of the river, the less one hears the traffic and the more one focuses on the sounds of the river itself, the birds in the trees overhead, the buzzing of insects, even the crunch of one’s feet on the gravel of the banks.
It’s worth getting out of the car and away from the noise. Too often, we don’t because we’re on our way somewhere, and any stop means that we risk being late for yet another appointment. And when we don’t have an appointment, we don’t go out at all, simply because we don’t want to be traveling.
But it’s worth leaving early for an appointment and taking a few minutes to park in an out of the way place, get out of the car, and take the few steps that it takes to get to the river. There are rich, beautiful colors here – the foliage of the leaves, the reflection of the water, the texture of the sky – and the few minutes it takes to get here are well worth spending. Beauty is always worth seeking out and being in, and the time we spend doing so refreshes our soul, minds, and spirit.
Evening on the Willamette is featured on 42 Fine Art America groups.
2nd Place Win in Fine Art America ABC Group Contest, R Is for River
2nd Place Win in Fine Art America Just Because -- Water -- contest
March 29th, 2017
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