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Monday, December 31, 2012

Rain


Rain and Oregon go hand in hand. Personally, I love it. Sure, it gets old being cooped up around May when all you want to do is go out and enjoy spring, but in December, you are lucky that it is raining and not snowing or icy. The past three months of 2012 have seen a lot of rain (22 inches!!!) As of last week, we were just around 50 1/2 inches for the year, which is only 4th wettest on record, but it has been the warmest December since 1999. So I'm not complaining. I can take rain. Cold is another story.

And with that we close another year. So long 2012. You brought a lot of changes in my life. Hoping this coming year is less eventful, but just as sweet.

Happy New Years everyone!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sacagawea and Papoose Rock


I did a bit of research and discovered that this snowy peak is named Sacagawea and Papoose Rock. We were on a hike up Tanner Creek in the Columbia River Gorge and came around a corner and this is what we saw ahead of us. While we were on the Oregon side of the gorge,  the clouds above had separated just long enough to expose this snow covered hill on the Washington state side through the trees.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pebbles of Tanner Creek


A few weeks ago, we attempted a hike up Tanner Creek to check out the waterfalls up there. We did not make it very far because it was not accessible using a stroller. However, we now have a baby backpack, so we headed up the trail again on Christmas Eve. This time we were successful. Up at the end the water was crystal clear, and the stones and pebbles were easily viewed through the creek.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Xmas

It is my son's first Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

First Ornament


It is Christmas Eve. Today our family will start celebrating. On the tree hangs my sons very first ornament. When I was growing up, my mom always set the table with Spode Christmas dishes. When I found this Spode first Christmas ornament, I knew it was perfect!


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

View from Timberline Lodge


At the beginning of December, I briefly visited Timberline Lodge, up on Mt Hood. I was not able to stay long, but did manage to get a few photos. This is a view looking down from the lodge parking lot at the top of one of the ski trails. You can barely make out the foothills below through the cloudy skies. Since this photo was taken, the mountain has been pounded with snowfall, and has lots of fresh powder for the skiers and snowboarders to enjoy!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wet Holly


Kind of an appropriate holiday themed photo. The holly berries are all turning red, just in time for Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Windows to a Winter Wonderland


I made a quick visit to Timberline Lodge a few weeks ago. This is taken before the big snowstorms that have been hitting the mountain. This is a very low amount of snow for the first week of December, when the photo was taken. But since then the Lodge has seen a lot of new snow accumulation.




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Monday, December 17, 2012

Dried Grasses


The dried wild grasses are being beaten down with rain as I type this, and will form a sort of mat to keep the soil warm until spring when the new grasses emerge.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Deep Dark Forest


I grew up in the forest, so the thought of the "deep dark forest" is actually quite homey to me. I love wandering through the woods alone, and coming across a place like this. A perfect woodsey scene -- The lichen clinging to the trees. The moss covered forest floor. Gorgeous, quite, serene.  

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Way Close Waterfall


On a recent hike we came across this rapid waterfall, Munra Falls. There is a bridge that I am standing on, and it is so close to the falls that my lens kept getting misty. I was only able to fit this much of the waterfall into a photo due to having to stand so close!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy Mushroom Environment


Really, what is Hood Photo Blog in autumn without having at least one mushroom picture a week HAHA! I liked this one because of the moss and lichen that surrounds it.  

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Monday, December 10, 2012

From the Tree Farm


Yesterday my son and I went to a Christmas Tree farm to go tree hunting with some friends. Later in the evening we went over to my Moms house to help put her tree up. It is so fun to experience these firsts with him. He is so interested in everything, and it is awesome to see him take it all in.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cloudbreaks


Check out the blue peeking through! Actually, the forecast has been pretty incorrect the past few days. A few mornings we were lucky enough to see some sun before the predicted rain hit!  

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Late Year Trillium Lake



Normally, the road to my beloved Trillium Lake is closed this time of year due to snow accumulation. This year, the snow is way behind, and there is still none on the ground up there. I was able to drive in this past weekend. There was no Mt Hood to be seen since it was hidden behind the thick layer of clouds, so I pointed my lens to the autumn grasses along the far banks and the raindrops hitting the surface of the water.  

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

With Wet Weather...


... comes mushrooms! And as you know if you read this blog, I am always on the lookout for a good mushroom find. This is a great one. Last year my Mom came across one of these Amanita mushrooms while out on a walk. I was not with her though, and missed out on the photograph opportunity. Coincidentally enough, this year, a huge patch of them grew right in her neighbors front yard! I could not resist getting out there in between rain showers to snap a few photos of the bright red toadstools-to-be. A great find!



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Monday, December 3, 2012

Another Mystery Plant


I can always count on my blog readers to help me out with a mystery plant. Anyone know what plant has these bright purple berries in the late autumn?

UPDATED: A few people have told me that this is a Callicarpa plant. Thanks everyone!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blue Skies


While it is right at the beginning of the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, we do have the occasional blue sky day. On Sunday it was cloudy and dismal all morning, but the forecast said things would clear up. So I stayed optimistic, and I am glad that I did, because this was what the sky was like later that afternoon!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tanner Creek


We set out on Sunday to check out a new trail. I have taken my son on many short hikes in our area, and according to two of the websites I find new trails on, this one was "family friendly". Not enough for us though. You see, he has outgrown his front carrier and I do not have a backpack carrier yet. So we tackle our short "hikes" pushing his stroller. Now, his stroller is like a tank. It has made it through some pretty intense rides. Rocky inclines, mud puddles, sand, autumn leaves... the list goes on. But the trail we chose this time was no go. It had fallen trees and stairs, which is not stroller friendly in the least. So we will be back to finish it later.

I was able to capture a few of the sights on the way back from where we gave up and turned around. The creek that our trail followed was flowing rapidly, but the water was still so clear you could easily see the bottom.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thistle Growth


I had not ever seen this before. On the side of this thistle that faced the late afternoon sun was new leafy growth. I assumed it was the seeds that had not escaped during the dry season sprouting in the thistle head after the rains we have been having. There were a lot of these thistles around, and each of them had this. I can't imagine these baby plants surviving much longer. The cold season is upon us.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

More Mushrooms


I have a serious addiction to photographing mushrooms. It manifested itself last autumn when I was pregnant. I could not get out as much as I liked, so I chose something I could find easily and mushrooms were plentiful on the easy trails I walked. I crave finding cute little communities of mushrooms, of finding varieties I have not photographed before. I love the colors, how delicate they are, and how fickle the growing season is. So bear with me as I post another ;)

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pink Clouds


On one of the clear days last week I was able to capture the intense pink clouds created by the sun setting behind me.

And to my American readers, a VERY Happy Thanksgiving to you! What are you thankful for this year? I have so much to be thankful for. This has been a year of many changes for me, and I could not be more grateful for it. I do not know what I would do without the support of my loving husband and family, and cannot imagine my life without my sweet son, who will turn 8 months old next week already!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Autumn Pool


The rain stopped for a few days at the end of last week, which was nice. But it returned over the weekend. The wet weather, combined with some pretty strong winds, stripped a good majority of the trees in our area of the remainder of their leaves. Only the maples are hanging on to their yellow leaves, and a very small amount of trees have yet to have even changed color!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Salmon 'Shroom

Can anyone help me identify this small mushroom? I had never seen this type before. I was out with my camera and almost stepped on these tiny little 'shrooms. I am so glad I didn't! Their pink "salmon" hue stood out enough for me to stumble over them and then proceed capture their photograph before continuing on my way.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunlight Caught In The Trees


Taken right before the sun went down, the leaves in this small grove of trees glowed in the late day sunlight.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

End to a Gorgeous Day


Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was out for the first time in weeks. As soon as I was off of work, I packed my son in the car and we took off to a close by walking trail to soak it all in. We had to rush, because we only had about an hour before the sun would go down. I took this image when we were almost back to the car.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mossy Water Droplets


I love little finds like this. The water clinging to the tips of the moss. Perfect photo opportunity!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Road Less Travelled


This dirt road does not get much traffic. It has a gate up at the top. But that doesn't stop me and my camera from following it a ways into the woods, where the protection from the evergreens are keeping the leaves on some lower lying trees and bushes from changing as quickly as the taller, more exposed ones.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Elf Village


Every time I see a little patch of mushrooms, it always makes me think of when I was a kid and we would pretend they were little elf villages. Some things you just never outgrow :)


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mushrooms and Lichen


Another macro taken with my new lens that I mentioned in yesterdays post. I was out in the woods looking for mushrooms, and there were surprisingly few to photograph. I think it has over-rained, and needed a warm day to help them come up. It was unusually warm on Sunday when I was out, so Monday was probably a different story when it came to finding mushrooms.

Since there are no flowers in my area right now, I will be submitting mushrooms to the "flower" memes and bloghops I participate in. I hope no one minds. They are the closest thing I can find at this time of year, and in my opinion, sometimes are just as beautiful!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Evergreen Water Beads

I won a new macro lens off eBay a few weeks ago and finally received it. So I went out this past weekend and tried it out for the first time. I am fairly happy with the results. Anything that helps me bring out the delicate details of nature that are often overlooked is a bonus in my book!


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quiet Path


It doesn't appear as though this path is walked very often, with the leaves fairly fresh and untrampled on the ground.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Autumn Wonderland



I was walking through the thick evergreen woods and came across this open area of maples, which was like stepping into another world.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Swollen Sandy River


I cannot believe it is already November. Only two more months of the year left! Yikes!

The nonstop rainfall has made the rivers of the area high and fast. This is the Sandy River. You can see in the foreground, parts of the beach that is normally showing are sticking up out of the water a bit, and beyond the first layer of trees, a branch of water is flowing through what is normally dry land. Above the sky is thick with rainclouds, which are also hanging low into the trees.

 
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The World In A Raindrop


Happy Halloween!! I am hoping the rain subsides a bit today so that the kids can all have a fun time trick or treating tonight!

Speaking of rain, it rained non-stop all last weekend. As a true Oregonian, however, I did not let this deter me from getting out and getting some photography time in. This photo was one of my favorites that I captured.

PS - my words and photos were featured on the Travel Oregon website today!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mushrooms!


One of my favorite things about autumn is the mushrooms! I love the variety that comes up with the season. They are one of my very favorite things to photograph. I purchased a new macro lens on eBay and have not received it yet, but I will be sure to go out mushroom hunting when I finally get it in the mail!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Caught in the Rapids


The leaves are really falling around our area now! Some trees limbs are even already totally bare! The falling leaves around this small creek got littered the rocks.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Old Tree Lined Drive


Autumn has made this old tree lined driveway even more mysterious looking.  

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Fog on Eagle Creek


Eagle Creek is a small tributary off the Clackamas River. I visited it last weekend and loved the fog that sat right above the water.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dried


One last photo of dried wildflowers from a hike up on Mt Hood. Things probably look a bit different now since I visited. This was before the rain hit, and the seed pods here have probably been washed away.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creek Through Dry Grass


The water in this thin creek was actually pretty surprising to see. The other little creeks up around this area have long since dried up.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Leaves Are Falling


The leaves are officially changing and falling now. The rain started on Friday as predicted and overnight things took a turn and it became autumn.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Past It's Prime


I am not sure what this wildflower was, but there was a lot of it growing in the wildflower fields surrounding Trillium Lake this past weekend. It was very warm in the fields, being continually beaten by the sunlight and the recent wind. It has been a very dry summer here in our area. We went 51 days with no rainfall, and received .4 inches back on September 10th. I do not recall any other precipitation since then. It has been a year for the record books. Not bad for the Pacific Northwest. But that all ends this weekend. The forecast is saying rain is on the way and once it arrives, it tends to stick around for months ;)

UPDATE: Thank you to Judy for identifying this plant as Cows Parsnip!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hole In The Wall Falls


This is the last of the waterfalls we visited on a hike two weekends ago. I like the story behind Hole In The Wall Falls. Back in 1938, the falls was called Warren Falls and fell in a slightly different location, much closer to the historic Columbia River Highway. The water from the falls and creek below would often flood the roadway. So they decided to move the waterfall. They blasted a hole through the cliffside and diverted the water where they needed it to go. Thus Hole In The Wall Falls was born. At the top, the falls do not water does not fall over the side of the cliff, but rather comes out of a tunnel -- the "Hole In The Wall". The multi-tier falls is beautiful, regardless of it's past.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mt Hood in October


It is the final weeks before Mt Hood gets snow. Right now, it is looking about as bare as it can. The square snowfield in the center from this view is up at Timberline Ski Area, which is maintained every month of the year for snow sports -- except October, when it is left to melt before the fresh snow falls.

This view is seen from Trillium Lake, where the leaves in the trees are just beginning to yellow.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Flower Skeletons


Up in the Mt Hood National Forest, things are looking pretty dry. The leaves are just starting to change, but the plants are finishing up their year. I took a lot of dried plant photos on a walk up there this past weekend.

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