As I don't travel much these days, and try to avoid the television as much as I can, much of what I learn about the world outside of Manhattan Island is gleaned from print and the Internet. For me, 'National Geographic' remains essential reading - a source of vivid reportage not usually carried in US media.
This morning, on the "throne", I started to glance through the September 2003 issue which covers an amazing expose on 21st Century Slaves, Zebras ( featured on the front ), Peruvian Mummies, Gabon Parks, Undersea Lab, Iraq and....starting on page 120, Portland, OR.
For those who haven't opened up a National Geographic for a while, the magazine has been running a series of US features listed by zip codes, called 'Zip USA'.
This month's 'Zip USA' is Portland, Or 97210 - The article is called "Solace in the City" By Kevin Kranck; Photographs by Maria Setnzel. You can imagine pleasure at seeing, spread over pages 120 and 121 a photo showing young "Portlander Ranger Hughes soaking up sun with his crop [i]n a community garden beside Forest Park - 'The city's saving grace,' he says, 'or at least part of it.'" The rest of the article talks about "The City of Roses", as Portland is called, in a very pleasant article.
This is, I believe the second time that National Geographic has photographed a community garden, and I wanted you all to know how to access it. Currently, I do not believe this image is accessible on-line.
Clinton Community Garden