Armchair photo tours: Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland

Photos by Cheryl Landes In April, when the tulips bloom at the Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland, Washington, the fields are a carpet of bright colors. The flowers are in plain sight from the road. When the gardens are open, park and walk through designated fields and take pictures. It's a nice place to … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland

Armchair photo tours: A cherry blossom walk at the University of Washington

Photos by Cheryl Landes From mid-March until early April at the University of Washington Quad in Seattle, pink and white blossoms burst from 29 Somei Yoshino (Yoshino cherry) trees. From a distance, the blooming trees look like rows of giant fans waving at the many visitors and photographers admiring their beauty. It's also a popular … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A cherry blossom walk at the University of Washington

2020 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest grooves online

Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania, has been postponed until April 9-18, 2021 because of the travel restrictions and shelter-in-place rules from the COVID-19 pandemic. The same artist lineup scheduled this year will perform next year. But the pandemic hasn't stopped the event from executing Plan B. Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Encore Online Concert … Continue reading 2020 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest grooves online

Haitian-American artist Leyla McCalla to livestream free concert tonight

Leyla McCalla (photo credit: UMass Fine Arts Center) Haitian-American artist Leyla McCalla was scheduled to perform tonight at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, but her concert was cancelled there due to the state's shelter-in-place rules. So, now, she's streaming the concert live on Facebook from her home at 8-9 p.m. Eastern time, … Continue reading Haitian-American artist Leyla McCalla to livestream free concert tonight

Armchair photo tours: A cherry blossom walk at Portland’s Waterfront Park

Photos by Cheryl Landes Every year from late March through early April, 100 Akebono cherry trees bloom at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. A group from the Japanese Grain Importers Association gave the trees to the city in 1990. This is one of my favorite local walks … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A cherry blossom walk at Portland’s Waterfront Park

Armchair photo tours: Benham Falls on the Deschutes River

Benham Falls rushes through a gorge on the Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon. Photos by Cheryl Landes The Pacific Northwest has many waterfalls, and our rugged terrain creates dramatic effects. During a trip to central Oregon last spring, I discovered one that's a short, mostly flat, hike from the trailhead called Benham Falls. It's on … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Benham Falls on the Deschutes River

Portland’s Christmas Ships Fleet announces 2020 parade schedule

Santa's reindeeer ride the waves during a Christmas Ships Fleet parade on the Columbia River (photo by Cheryl Landes) The 2020 schedule for the Christmas Ships Fleet in Portland is posted for the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. The fleets will sail December 4-22. Routes vary, so check the pages linked below for more information … Continue reading Portland’s Christmas Ships Fleet announces 2020 parade schedule

Armchair photo tours: Trail of the Moulten Land at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

A view of Lava Butte from the Trail of the Moulten Land in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Central Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes When anyone mentions volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, we instantly think of Mount St. Helens. Its last eruption was 40 years ago, but it's still active. Mount St. Helens is … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Trail of the Moulten Land at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Armchair photo tours: The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes It's tulip season in Oregon's Willamette Valley, which usually means that visitors are flocking to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn to enjoy the colors and take pictures with family and friends. But this year is far from normal. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon's shelter-in-place rules, the festival … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon