Exploring Portland’s Cathedral Park
In the northernmost part of Portland, Oregon, the iconic St. John’s Bridge extends across the Willamette River. Though the bridge has become known for its green hue and distinctly pointed towers, the park underneath has also come to enjoy a fame of its own.
The bridge’s stylized architecture continues even into its soaring concrete supports, which resemble the arches of a Gothic cathedral. Taking its name from the supports, Cathedral Park opened in 1980—a stark change from what had nearly been a junkyard beneath the bridge a decade earlier.
Now, the park’s lush meadow spaces, proximity to the river and dramatic backdrops create a special draw for local and visiting Instagrammers, making the space a favorite for creative outings and InstaMeets.
Global Instagrammers: From Tehran to San Sebastián, New York and Beyond
Through Instagram, it’s possible to visit every corner of the world. In our Global Instagrammers series, we travel the world by asking people to share their favorite Instagrammers from another country.
Neda Monem (@nedamonem) – Tehran, Iran
"I love that people have the chance to notice the beauties around them that often tend to go unnoticed," says Neda Monem (@nedamonem), an English teacher and musician living in Tehran, Iran. “Over time Instagram has inspired me to better my photographic vision and to document more of what I experience in life.”
Neda says she also loves “that you can experience the world through the eyes of real people.” This includes her own images, which she feels offer a more nuanced look at life in a place many have never visited.
Neda’s favorite Instagrammer outside Iran is Spanish food photographer Aiala Hernando (@aialahernando). “I like following people with a unique style,” she explains, “especially if their feeds make me hungry.”
Aiala Hernando (@aialahernando) – San Sebastián, Spain
Aiala is a food stylist and photographer in San Sebastián, Spain, whose work takes her all across the world. “Instagram started as a hobby for me, and it has become one of the most powerful ways of connecting with amazing people, both personally and professionally,” she says.
Aiala recommends April Flores (@aprilflores). “April makes me feel emotions with her photos. I feel like each of her pictures has a beautiful story behind it.”
April German Flores (@aprilflores) – Brooklyn, New York
"In college I studied chemistry and I dream of someday becoming a botanist in Costa Rica or somewhere with an ocean and big beautiful mountains," says April, a Brooklyn-based prop stylist and founder of home goods collection Native Kind (@native_kind).
April offered documentary photographer Brian Nyongesa (@briannyongesa) as her favorite Instagrammer abroad. “When I look at his photos I feel as if I was there experiencing those moments as well. He captures people in their natural essence so beautifully.”
Above the Clouds at Nepal’s Tengboche Monastery
To see more photos and videos from the site in the Himalayas, explore the Tengboche Monastery location page.
3,867 meters (12,687 feet) above sea level and at the foot of the Himalayas stands Tengboche Monastery.
Built in 1916, the monastery sits in the Khumbu Valley of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the final stop on the “Sacred Sites Trail Project,” a circular trail of 10 monasteries in Sagamatha that draws thousands of adventurous travelers from across the globe each year.
"The surrounding mountains are incredibly rugged monoliths of dark gray and white," says Jessica DiCarlo (@jessicadicarlo), one such adventurer who shared several photos on Instagram during her visit to Tengboche in November. “It really set the tone for the rest of my trek through the Himalayas.” In the end, she says, “it ended up being one of my favorite places on the Sacred Sites circuit. Sunny, freezing, gorgeous and with a lovely community of monks.”
Hashtag Highlight: #promposals on Instagram
To view more proposal photos and videos, explore the #promposal on Instagram.
Prom season is officially underway in the United States. Prom, short for “promenade,” is a high school dance typically held at the end of a student’s senior year.
Elaborate, creative or funny “promposals”—asking someone to the dance—can reach mythic status, and students have been sharing some of their proposal experiences on Instagram.