[/caption] Beautiful day along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, watching the Coast Guard arrive as the Portland fire boat gives a salute. This photo was taken from the 2011 Portland Rose Festival. They were still setting up for the Festival and the Navy ships weren’t due until later in the day. However, I was more interested in photographing the Coast Guard ships since I spent four years in the Coast Guard and enjoy photographing the boats enter the city. The Rose Festival offers some great photos since you have several opportunities to include the dozens of ships and boats that tie up along the downtown waterfront.