I awoke to a cold wet Portland day. It is nice to see the weather returning to the NW norm and as the morning wore on all I could think about was a hot bowl of vegetarian pho. Unfortunately I couldn't find any pho-friends so I opted to slurp solo with a book. The nice thing about my favorite Vietnamese place is that it is table service but cafeteria style payment so you are never rushed; that allowed me time to eat and read a chapter but a raindrop-covered window.
On my way home I recalled my friend and client Andrew Stanbridge telling me about a house near his that has an amazing dahlia garden. Being a sucker for dahlias but cursed with no good place to plant them I couldn't resist stopping to take a few photos. Old House Dahlias is as impressive as I was lead to believe and I picked out many for my non-existant dahlia garden while taking my pictures. The flower pictured is called "Snowflake" and it doesn't have the typical pom-pom shape characteristic of dahlias but is rather more open than most. I am sure that there will more dahlia pictures to come...
Canon 1Ds Mark II, Canon 100/f2.8L IS
100mm, f5.6, 1/3200 sec @ 320 ISO