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from the Mt. Hood to Portland, Oregon areas and beyond

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mentally Checked Out

We leave tomorrow to go on a 4 day weekend camping trip to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary, and it is all I can think about! Our reservations have been cancelled at Trillium Lake, where we got married, due to the snow still not melting and the campground not opening. So we will probably camp at Clear Lake, which is pictured. I love this photo because you can see my husbands silhouette in the lower right corner, fishing off the bank.

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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Water Tower

Funny when you see something so often, and you realize, hmmm, I have don't have a photo of that! This is the water tower at the McMenamins Edgefield property. The history I could find on the tower is as follows: The property that is now Edgefield used to be the Multnomah County Poor Farm. This water tower was built in 1927 when the main building at the Farm was identified as firetrap because it lacked a fire detection and deterrent system. The tower was built to provide a gravity-supplied sprinkler system throughout the Main Lodge.

I have done plenty of weddings and other photo shoots on the property, and the tower is often in the background of those. But I, to my recollection, have never taken a photo of the structure itself. I caught it just as a plane was flying in the background, and a hole of the pub golf course is in the view as well.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Skunk Cabbage

While some people may argue that skunk cabbage is stinky, I like the scent. It is so fresh and spring-like. It only grows in very wet, swampy areas. The air is damp and earthy. And I also think their yellow flowers are pretty in their own unique way.