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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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