Japanesse Garden

Portland, OR


This stately Japanese maple is over 100 years old and can produce some of the most beautiful colors found in nature. At first glance you would think you are looking at a very large tree tucked away in the middle of a hidden forest.

In reality, the “tree” as it is known, is only about eight feet tall located in the beautifully manicured Portland Japanese Gardens near the Portland zoo – across from the city tennis courts. I walked by the tree three times before realizing this was the famous tree I had seen in so many photographs. Sitting on the ground looking up reveals this majestic scene which inspires peace and serenity in an otherwise busy world. The Portland Japanese garden is said to be the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and there are many, many other great photo opportunities while visiting. 


21 Data Points for Each Location

Here’s what we provide

  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

  • + 13 Other Data Points

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Unlimited access to all locations and guaranteed to add at least 1 new location each month.