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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Years End

In years past, I have taken the start of a new year as an opportunity to post my favorite photos that I took from the closing year. This week, I am only posting this one post on my blog to feature my selections from my 2013 portfolio.

Each photo I have chosen is meaningful im at least one of two ways. First, most show a technique that I am trying to learn to do better. Secondly, the memory behind each  photo is so vivid in my mind ... the day, the hike, the weather, who I was with, etc.

The last photo in this list is my favorite photo I have taken this year. I remember being very proud to have captured it when I took it, and I still love it just as much today as the first time I saw it!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year to you all!

Wintery Salmon River




Delicate



Overlooking Timberline Lodge



























And finally, my favorite photo of the year. This was taken in my own garden back in June. I was so happy when I saw the clear reflection of the surrounding flowers in the water droplet.




These are my favorites.... I am interested to hear which is yours?

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Why I Love Oregon


There are hundreds of reasons why I love Oregon, but this photo sums up a few of them nicely. The green, the moss covered rocks, the ferns ... Oregon is gorgeous.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Columbia River Gorge from the Womens Forum


Taken on a cold winter day, this is the view from the Womens Forum outside Corbett, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge, looking east at Crown Point and the Vista House.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Remains of Dodge Park Lodge


Merry Christmas!   Do you think that Santa ever went down this chimney?

Dodge Park is located at the forks of the Bull Run and Sandy Rivers. Back almost 100 years ago, a lodge serviced the hundreds of visitors to the popular park. All that remains of the historic lodge now is this old (an most unfortunately, graffiti-ed) river rock fireplace. 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Xmas in Nature



Christmas is tomorrow, and even nature seems to be getting into the festivities. I spotted these bright red holly berries on a walk recently, and smiled to myself knowing that little signs of the holiday spirit can truly be found almost everywhere!

A very Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Water Droplets on Moss


Things have long since melted around here after our deep freeze. The temperatures are actually quite warm - yesterday hit the low 50's in some places. But that doesn't mean that it is dry! This is only the beginning still of the wet season in the Pacific Northwest. I don't mind one bit. On of the reasons I love living here is the rain and the beauty that comes as a result, such as this deep green moss and the water droplets that got caught in it.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Abandoned Route


A long time ago, I walked this road down to the Sandy River a lot. These days, there are many "No Trespassing" signs warning you not to proceed. The thick fog only added to the abandoned feel of the open area cutting through the thick woods.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sunset Over a Foggy Sandy River



I was standing along the Sandy River right about dusk and was lucky enough to catch the slight bit of color that reflected off the thick rainclouds through the fog.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

McCord Creek


I stood on the newly constructed bridge that is part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail to take this photo of McCord Creek, winding its way through the ice below during last weeks deep freeze.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wall of Ice


The cold weather freezes everything in the Columbia River Gorge. One of the most dramatic scenes are the weeping walls. In summer, these walls drip and trickle water from underground springs constantly. In winter, however, the consistent flow of water freezes into dramatic icicle displays. This one could be spotted when driving along I-84, directly east of Yeon State Park trailhead.



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Monday, December 16, 2013

Base of Frozen Horsetail Falls


I had to post this one last photo I took of Horsetail Falls, the walls around the base beautifully adorned with glowing blue icicles. The pool itself was also frozen solid, with only the very bottom of the falls breaking through.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Frozen Ground


When I visited the Columbia River Gorge last weekend, I stopped and photographed Horsetail Falls. While everyones attention was on the frozen waterfall, I turned around and spotted the frozen ground behind me. The grass and weeds were all encased in ice, as well as the bottom of a tree trunk and the rock wall behind it. Impressive!

On another note, today is my 1000th blog post! WOW! Thank you to everyone that stops by and visits the Mt Hood, Oregon area through my photography. I appreciate it!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Frozen Under Crown Point


Directly under Crown Point is an unnamed waterfall, which this time of year is completely frozen. It's water no longer makes it down to Mirror Lake below, which is also pretty much a solid sheet of ice.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wintery Horsetail Falls


There is only a small window of time between when everything freezes to when everything melts. During this window, if you are lucky, the roads become clear enough that you can drive the Historic Columbia River Highway and bear witness to the frozen waterfalls, which is one of the most beautiful scenes our area has to offer in the wintertime.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vista House


Sitting upon Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge is the Vista House. According to the Friends of Vista House website, The Vista House was built in 1917 as place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the Gorge. On Sunday when I visited, the House was closed due to the freezing temperatures, but it didn't stop the throngs of visitors from parking around it and taking in the views. I took advantage of its closed doors and lack of people to capture this photo, which shows the sun and moon in one shot!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Deep Freeze

 
The few weeks between the very end of the autumn leaves and the first freeze is always a hard time for me photography wise. The plain grey skies, lack of flowers or mushrooms, and the east wind keep me indoors. Therefore, I took a few weeks off from posting just to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, get my Christmas decorations up, celebrate my Moms birthday, and stay warm through the wet, windy, cold weather we had been experiencing lately.

Things turned this week, when we had our first light dusting of snow and deep freeze. I went out with my camera this past weekend and took a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. The temperature was 21 degrees, but there was no wind for the first time in what seems like weeks. Along the path was a rock wall, and in the crevices was this crust of delicate frost.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cedar Creek


This is Cedar Creek outside of Woodland, Washington, up above the Cedar Creek Grist Mill that I posted about last week. The last leaves of autumn are barely clinging to a few branches.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sepulcher


I still have unshared photos from my visit to the Lone Fir Cemetery two weekends ago, and I better get to posting them, because autumn is practically a thing of the past!

This is the largest mausoleum at Lone Fir, built here by Portland merchant and banker Donald Macleay in 1877 after his wife, Martha, died in childbirth. The two story building is also the tallest in the cemetery, with the first story being the burial crypt and the second story featuring a chapel.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Fungi Family



It's Monday again, and in the autumn on Mondays, I typically post a macro mushroom photo. Today is no different. I cannot help my mushroom photography addiction. When I see a little fungi family, it is irresistible for me to get down and photograph them!

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sit and Ponder


The Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland is a very peaceful place, and this bench offers a unique place to sit and ponder life.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blanket of Leaves at the Lone Fir Cemetery


Another photo taken two weekends ago at the Lone Fir Cemetery. That day, the leaves here were still plentiful in the trees, despite the blanket of fallen ones that lay on the ground below.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cedar Creek Grist Mill



I went on a short road trip north past Woodland, Washington to a tucked away building off the Cedar Creek. The mill was built in 1876 and is on the National Registry of Historical Places for Clark County, WA. Today it is maintained by the non-profit "Friends of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill" and operates as a working museum.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

River Otters



Sunday I was taking photos along this river when all of a sudden, I heard a series of very loud, high pitched screeching noises. I was in the zone of taking photos, so I didn't think much of it, and in the back of my mind passed the noise off as a large bird of prey of some sort. Nothing too unusual. But my Mom pointed out to me that it was actually a family of river otters running along the rocky edge the river. They all dived in and submerged under the rapids. A few yards downstream they came back up, dragging with them a HUGE salmon. They wrangled it to the side and proceeded to enjoy their lunch, continuing with their noises of excitement the whole time.

I feel so lucky to live in an area that I am able to witness such wildlife.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day


Veterans Day is a day to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Take a moment out of your busy Monday to thank a veteran!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lone Fir Cemetery in Autumn


I have so many pretty autumn photos that I took at the Lone Fir Cemetery this past weekend that I do not know where to start. But I really liked this one, which shows the autumn colors and the gravestones rising out through the fallen leaves on the ground.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rain Spattered Leaves


Rain has taken over our entire forecast. I desperately needed to get out of the house with my camera, and got a short window on Sunday morning to do so. These leaves still have some beads of rain from the night before.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Queen Of His Heart Forever


I fully intended on visiting Lone Fir Cemetery before Halloween, but as I mentioned in yesterdays post, just did not have the time. I was able to visit this past weekend, however, and it was so interesting to wander through the pioneer graveyard and peek into Portlands unique past.

A little history lesson now: the cemetery began in 1846 when Emmor Stephens was buried on the family land claim by his son, James. When James sold the property, he insisted that the gravesite be maintained. Eventually, many other people were buried around Emmor, and Lone Fir Cemetery was established after 1866.

In 1887, James buried his wife, Elizabeth, here. It is said that he came to visit her almost every day, and imagined that he was holding her hand. He had a monument carved with likenesses of himself and his Elizabeth, holding hands for eternity. When he passed two years later, he was placed here with her. The monument is probably the most sweet (yet admittedly a bit creepy) grave marker I have ever seen.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Frayed Edges


I took a week and a half off from posting due to the fact that my husband and I bought our first house a couple of weeks back, and we finally moved in last weekend. Yesterday was the first time I was able to get out of the house with my camera in weeks, and even then, it was a rushed journey. The rain was due to arrive around 1pm, and it did, just as we loaded back into the car. I am glad I was able to get out and capture some of the autumn sights, including this macro of a frayed mushroom amongst the fallen leaves.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Small Creek off Clackamas River


I have had NO time to get out and take anything new. This photo was snapped a few weeks ago in the woods off the Clackamas River. I love coming across little creek rapids like this. Reminds me of when I was a kid growing up in Welches and going into our back woods to play.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oranges, Reds and Yellows


We are hitting the peak of autumn here in Oregon. The trees are all in the midst of changing. Some trees actually seem to glow in the sunlight because of the dramatic colors. I loved the variety of change in this tree.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Dampened Fern


We are at the stage of autumn where the days are sunny, but the evenings are cold and damp. When you wake up early, there is fog in the air. And until the sun comes out, everything is coated in water droplets.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn Mt Hood over Trillium Lake


I could not resist posting one last view of Trillium Lake, with Mt Hood looming in the distance, and the trees changing their colors along the banks. I will miss this place until it opens again in late spring!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Changing Leaves along the Clackamas River


There are signs of autumn everywhere now, and the colors are, for the most part, at their peak. I find it interesting that some trees have changed dramatically, whereas some have not even begun and are still holding on to their green hues.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nestled


Nestled amongst the evergreens was this bright autumn maple, its yellow leaves literally glowing in the sun that broke through the trees.



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Monday, October 14, 2013

So .... Many .... Mushrooms!!!


Can anyone help me identify this cool mushroom? I think it is a chanterelle. But while I love hunting mushrooms to photograph, identifying them is not my strong suit.

We went walking around Trillium Lake two weekends ago, and I have honestly never seen so many mushrooms in my whole life. So many varieties! I LOVE photographing mushrooms, but wanted to keep under control, so I only photographed the most interesting varieties. I think I have a new favorite ... until I spot another, more unique variety ;)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Last View from Trillium


I visited Trillium Lake for the last time in 2013 this past Sunday. The road will be closed for winter and will not reopen again until late May or early June. It was a crystal clear day, except for the airplane contrail that drifted close to Mt Hood. Very shortly after I snapped this photo, the winds picked up and the mirror in the water went away.

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