This is so everyday for us Portlanders that its icon quotient doesn't register. This is a particular skill to hone for a budding photographer-- particularly one interested in opportunities in the stock photography game-- seeing icons. It's something artists cultivate. Synecdoche. One thing representing much more than itself. Images that connect are elusive for painters and poets alike. How does one elude the hackneyed and still resonate? It's a real trick in this uber-connected frenetic world.
Go read Mary Oliver and listen to Bob Dylan at the same time.
And stop sleepwalking.