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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 up at the lodge at the top of one of the ski trails. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cloud Cap Dusk


I snapped this photo at dusk up at Cloud Cap Inn on the east side of Mt Hood. The trees are all barren from many years of wildfire that threatens the area. Last year there was a very bad fire that got pretty close to this area. Luckily, it was spared.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Base of Lancaster Falls


I posted about our hike last week to Lancaster Falls on the blog yesterday. I also took today's photo, this of just the water crashing down at the base of the falls. The autumn leaves were already starting to collect on the rocks.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lancaster Falls



Last weekend we went on a hike up from Starvation Creek to Lancaster Falls, taking in two other waterfalls on the way. The waterfall seems small at first glance, but from the right angle, the large upper tier is visible through the trees.


  
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wooly Bear Caterpiller



The wooly bear caterpillar has always been a fun winter weather predictor. The longer the middle orange section, the longer the winter. This fuzzy guy is definitely indicating a long winter for our area.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Killer Spider


Seriously creepy. The size of the spiders in autumn is pretty incredible. This one was minding his own business in the center of his web. His bold markings and colors was a photo opportunity waiting to happen. I snapped away. When I went to leave, I noticed another spider of the same variety nearby, only larger, and killing some sort of large beetle. It was super gross. I high tailed it out of there ;)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First Changing Leaves



In only a few days, you can see the colors of the leaves starting to change. It has been over 2 months since it has rained here in the Portland metro area, which is pretty unheard of. The trees and plants are looking very tired and beaten.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Moon Sliver


I can't help myself. I have to post another gorgeous moon photo. I love the moon. This week it was a bit of a challenge to photograph, because it was under the horizon most of the time, both daylight and early evening hours. 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Little Zig Zag River


I love the short walk up the Little Zig Zag River. It is only about a half mile until you reach the falls, which I posted about yesterday. The walk is often totally secluded, and the smells and sounds of the small river winding through the thick green forest are so peaceful.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Impressive Water Flow


Interesting!

We did a short hike up Little Zig Zag River to Zig Zag Falls and were impressed by the intense water flow. I have no idea why there was so much water, since it is now very late summer. I took this shot a few years ago in August, and that amount of water flow is much more common!

I didn't notice until I got home and uploaded the photos from the hike onto my computer that the leaves were changing at the top of the falls, where the sun hits the maple leaves on a sunny day. Sigh. Autumn is coming so soon.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blue Moon


This past weekend we had a beautiful blue moon. I really wish that the name blue moon was a descriptive one. How cool would it be to see an actual blue colored moon?

I wanted to get out early to photograph it as it came up, but I was unable to. I did catch it a bit later, behind a few whispy nighttime clouds.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ripining Tomatoes


This time of year is awesome because of all the fruits and veggies I am able to harvest out of my little garden. I love the smell of a warm-from-the-sun tomato!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hood


Hope all of my American readers had a relaxing and fun-filled Labor Day weekend. Since this is Hood Photo Blog, I headed up Mt Hood for a part of my weekend. I cant think of a more appropriate photo to post at the start of this new week than one of the mountain, reflected in lake waters.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fading Sunflower


This sunflower only lasted a few days before its petals started to droop and dry. A sure sign of a change in the evening temperatures. It's ok though. On the same plant there are at least 5 other flowers getting ready to bloom!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sun Going Down Over Flanks of Mt Hood


The sun was just getting ready to disappear over the northern flanks of Mt Hood in this photograph, taken from Cloud Cap.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gazebo


A beautiful gazebo sits in the middle of a huge lavender field outside of Hood River, Oregon at the appropriately named Lavender Valley Farm.

On a side note: Today is my 700th blog post! I am so excited to have made it to another "anniversary" of blogging, and appreciate everyone that stops by to make this blog a success. A reminder also to come back any time after midnight PST Friday to post your photo featuring a little or a lot of orange for my new photo meme, "Orange You Glad It's Friday", which started last week!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Signs of change


In gardens around the area, you can spot signs of the ever looming seasonal change. August is nearing its end, and with September comes the true turn of autumn to come. Lots of flowers are starting to dry up and go to seed.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ever Had The Feeling You Were Being Watched?


On Saturday, my husband, son and I joined up with my brother in law and some friends to check out the new frisbee golf (folf) course at Blue Lake Park, about a 10 minute drive from my home. The course was long, but we had fun. I just walked along pushing the stroller and took out my camera a few times for an occasional photo. At one of the holes, my brother in law spotted this tiny frog watching us from a small hole in a nearby tree. He was only about the size of a nickel. He sat patiently while I snapped away.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ask And You Shall Receive


Someone posted a message on my Hood Photography Facebook Page (which you should take a moment and go like, BTW!) saying that they loved my bees on flowers photos, and wanted to request a butterfly on flowers photo if I could. Well, ask and you shall receive. I went on a walk with some family this weekend and the area we were at was covered in these blooming thistles, and the butterflies were all over them. I have one more that I took that I love that I will post later in the week also!



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sun Setting Over The 205


Taken last month, this is a view over the Columbia River. In the distance, you can see the Glenn Jackson Bridge (or I-205 Bridge), which spans the river from Oregon to Washington.

The temperature is supposed to break 100 degrees here in the Portland area today. That's hot for this neck of the woods. Wherever you are, stay cool!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Watering My Roses


I had a pretty successful gardening year this year, considering I didn't do much of anything to make it happen. I knew last year that my time gardening would be limited with a newborn, so I planted accordingly. These rose bushes were here when I moved in and have always struggled, but this year seem to have turned a corner and are putting off some gorgeous and very fragrant flowers! I especially liked this one, with its white interior and bright pink exterior petals.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eastern View


From my neck of the woods near Portland, you look east to view Mt Hood. From the town of Hood River, where I visited this past weekend, you would look west. This is the view from the eastern side of the mountain, from one of the lavender fields we visited.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Peaking Out Of The Top


Last weekend when we visited Trillium Lake, a thick layer of clouds obstructed the view of the mountain, but above us the sky was clear and blue. I waited patiently while the clouds drifted by and caught the tip of Mt Hood peak up out of the top.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ladybug Pupa

A few weeks ago I posted this photo of a yellow ladybug that I had found on a walk. Since then, I have seen a few more. Last week I spotted this one while watering my garden (I accidentally sprayed him before he caught my eye, but no harm done), molting the last of his pupal skin to transform from a rather gross wormy looking thing to a cute ladybug!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Soft Glow

Another beautiful view from my favorite location, Trillium Lake. The sunset that night was not very intense and the low lying clouds were gathered right up to the timber line. I was still able to capture the pink light reflecting off the summer snow pack on the west facing side of the mountain, and the glow from the setting sun.

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