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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bonneville Dam

Bonneville Dam crosses the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, about 40 miles east of Portland. This view is looking up at the dam from the west, and the sheer power of the water spilling out can't even be expressed in still photograph form. The energy in the air and the flow of the water was intense!

In his song Roll on, Columbia, the folk singer, Woody Guthrie, spoke of Bonneville as follows:

At Bonneville now there are ships in the locks
The waters have risen and cleared all the rocks,
Shiploads of plenty will steam past the docks,
So roll on, Columbia, roll on.


  1. what awesome power! it's both scary and beautiful. fantastic shot.

  2. Anonymous10:11 AM

    JoJo Said:

    Wish I had traveled further down from Multnomah Falls to see the dam.

  3. This is an outstanding photo...very raw and you can surely feel the power emanating from it.

    How very appropriate to post today as it is World Oceans Day!

  4. Those waters definitely look powerful

    Nice shot!


  5. To fall into such turbulent water would be, I'm afraid, a death sentence. I sense the power, just from your photograph.


    Red sky in morning,
    Sailors take warning!

    Who knows what might happen out on the sea?
    Waves riding high,
    Waves to the sky,
    Waves crashing and dashing all over me!

    Red sky at night,
    Sailors delight!

    Leeward or windward we sail with no fear;
    Water is calm,
    Healing like balm—
    Ahoy, fellow sailors, landfall is near!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Oahu Coast and Sky


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