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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mirror Image of Autumn


The road to my favorite place, Trillium Lake, was scheduled to close (according to the interwebz, so who really knows) today. So I made a point to go up and visit on Sunday. The leaves were just starting to change, and the lake was mirror still when I arrived. I went up with my Mom and son, and told Mom that I better get the reflective shots right then, because the wind could pick up at any time. Within 5 minutes of taking this shot, they in fact did and did not die down the entire time we were there.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Praying Mantis


I took last week off from posting. I have so much going on right now. We are closing on buying our first house in the next week, and because of all the packing and organization, it is hard to find time to get out with my camera. But I put aside some time this weekend, so I have some early autumn stuff to share :)

We spotted this praying mantis while out on a walk through a field a weekend ago. I had never seen such a large one before. It was actually pretty creepy!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Replica



A different perspective of the wooded treeline along the Sandy River a few weeks back. The water is so clear you can see the bottom all the way to the deep water in the middle.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Dewy Dandelion


There just are not many flowers left in our area. I had to settle for photographing this simple dandelion for my friday flower photo. But it is still beautiful in it's simplicity if you ask me!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dewy Webs


The weather has turned, and there is more precipitation in our forecast. I took a walk through the woods as I normally try to do on Sundays, and saw a lot of these low lying cobwebs nestled in between the early fallen leaves. They all had caught the mist in the air in their strands, which sparkled like little jewels.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Juncture



This past week, we hit the juncture between summer and autumn. The weather turned, and moisture has filled our warm air. The hot sunny days are unfortunately probably a thing of the past, and with the cooler nights, the leaves have already started to change. This is what the trail I walked along on Sunday looked like. The only sounds were of the leaves falling through the woods around us, and the squish of the damp, leaf covered ground beneath our steps.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Albino Wooly Caterpiller?


It is wooly bear caterpiller season around here. The black and orange versions are said to be able to predict the winter that you will have (the larger the middle orange section, the more mild the winter you should expect). I have seen a couple of orange and black ones this past month or so, but have never in my life seen an entirely white version. I had to look them up online and the white is supposed to indicate a lot of snow. Yikes!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Perched



There is not much in the way of flowers left in our gardens beds around here. In mine, there are only a few straggling daisies and the like. I spotted this tiny green garden spider perched on a Black Eyed Susan. He definitely saw me coming at him with my camera though, because he took off really quickly right after I snapped my shutter.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lost Lake


This pretty scene is of Lost Lake, with Mt Hood looming in the background. Believe it or not, I have never taken the time to go to Lost Lake. It has a very nicely maintained resort and campground. The trails were easy to walk, even pushing my sons stroller. And the water was nice and warm, perfect for a baby to get out and splash and throw rocks!


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Relaxing Place


We took a drive to the northwest side of Mt Hood and visited Lost Lake this past weekend. I had actually never been to Lost Lake in all my years of living here, and we had a great time. We walked along the banks of the lake, taking in the warm day. Once we reached the end, we relaxed at a spot much like this one pictured and let my son splash in the waters.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Inkling


We are just starting to see little inklings of change between summer and autumn, including this small mushroom I spotted on a walk through the woods this past weekend. Hints of the season to come are everywhere, from the smell in the air, to the slight change of color in some of the highest leaves in some maple trees.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Basking




We were walking through the woods on Sunday. The day was quite warm, but the ground still damp from the recent rainfall. All of a sudden we can to a small open sunny area and there were a lot of these beautiful little orange and black butterflies fluttering around. I waited until I spotted this one land on a tree and begin to bask in the sun, and then took the opportunity to sneak in for this photo.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Heavens


Last nights sunset was amazing. I took this while watching the sun come down with my husband, son and my sweet dog. In that moment, I felt very lucky.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day


Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and the transition to autumn begins. I am already starting to see signs of this transition happening. Not quite sure I am ready to leave summer behind, but what are ya gonna do?


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Orange


Ok, I know, slugs are gross, disgusting, slimy creatures that wreck havoc on gardens. But they do make interesting photography subjects. The different textures, the patterns, the bold orange color ... pretty nasty, but fascinating!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Hard At Work


This fuzzy bumble bee was oblivious to my inching in for a macro of him hard at work.

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