Is Portland, Oregon A Vortex For Great Photography?

Portland, Oregon has come in and out of my photosphere of life a lot in the last couple of weeks. What is it about Portland? A few instances where Portland has popped up on my radar:

Is this a sign? Should I be planning my next road trip to Portland?

Any other awesome Portland photographers out there? Shout if you know one - or are one.

Update: Joseph corrected me. He is based in Ashland, Oregon (lower part of the state), not Portland. He's still awesome, though. Perhaps it not Portland, rather the Pacific Northwest. :)