Winter Blues by Christie MacLean in Portland, Oregon, USA

The rumors are true: it rains a lot in Portland during the winter. We all tend to run off to sunshine whenever we can. For me, heading east past Mt. Hood towards the high desert can help cure the winter blues.

Name:Christie MacLean

Place you live: Portland, Oregon

Place you photos were taken? East of Portland in Central Oregon

Can you sum up Portland? A city that feels like a small town surrounded by rivers, forest, lakes, and volcanos.

Occupation: Study abroad advisor for high school students

Preoccupation: Day trip planner, traveler, and photographer

What is a perfect day in the Portland area? Trip to a river or lake nearby by day and picnic with friends by night.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Walk across the bridges, explore the neighborhoods, drink a lot of coffee, eat good food, and get in a car and drive to nature.

A perfect meal in Portland? Brunch at Sweedeedee in North Portland.

What is the best thing about the place you live? Endless amount of swimming holes to discover.

And the worst? Summer seems to start later than everywhere else. July 4th on the dot.

A little known fact about where you live? Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state and you can play basketball inside the crater of a dormant volcano in Portland.

Where is your favorite place in the world? New England, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Istanbul, Turkey

Who are your three favorite photographers? Erin McCown – Sarah Meadows – Damian Riehl