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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Years End 2014

The past few years of posting to Hood Photo Blog have been such a great experience. I feel as though I have learned a lot and have grown into the photographer I am today, all while realizing that I have so much more to accomplish in regards to my photography goals.

Each new year I like to close out the previous year by posting my favorites that were taken in the past 12 months. Deciding which photos best represent my growth in the past year is a challenge in itself, but a fun one. I love looking back and remembering the photos I made and the experiences I had in capturing them. The best part is when I see marked improvement throughout the year, which makes me feel like all the efforts are worthwhile.

This year, I will be doing the same thing, with a bit of a twist. I have decided to also enter some of my favorite 2014 photos into the Friends of the Outdoor School Photo of the Year Contest. Please let me know which photo you enjoy the most in the comments, as it will help me in deciding which photos to submit! And as always, thank you everyone for your ongoing support. It makes me proud to have people that like my photography, and encourages me to strive to continue to improve my game.

Heavenly Portland Oregon

sunrays over Portland, Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

A Trip To Silver Falls

South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

Wintery Reflection

Reflection in Smith and Bybee Lake ©www.hoodphotography.com

Clematis

clematis macro ©www.hoodphotography.com


Gorgeous Days End at Lake Salish

sunset reflection at Lake Salish in Fairview, Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

Eliot Branch of the North Fork Hood River

Eliot Branch of the North Fork Hood River with Mt Hood ©www.hoodphotography.com

Sunrise Over the Columbia River

Sunrise reflection on the Columbia River ©www.hoodphotography.com

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire

full moon over columbia river during Rowena, Oregon wild fire 2014 ©www.hoodphotography.com

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

September 2014 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse ©www.hoodphotography.com

Cape Kiwanda

Slow shutter Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda ©www.hoodphotography.com

Bridge of the Gods

Sunset behind Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

And my personal favorite from 2014, Lewis River Reflections. I loved the lighting, the way the trees were just starting to change, the perfect glassy reflection, and the barely moving current taken with a slow shutter.

Reflection of bridge at Moulton Falls Park, Lewis River, Washington ©www.hoodphotography.com

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Riverside Crane

blue heron or crane in Sandy River, Oxbow Park, Gresham Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

When I visited the Sandy River last week to witness the swell of the floods, I happened upon this gorgeous crane huddled down while standing in the flooded water. He was very content sitting there while I snapped away. About 2 hours later when I left the area I noticed he had only moved about 10 feet away. Must be a great spot!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Moss Spore Water Droplet

raindrop caught on a moss spore ©www.hoodphotography.com


It was totally necessary to get outside yesterday, despite the pretty consistent rain up on the mountain where I went on a very wet walk in the woods. If you paid attention to the small details, you could find a lot of beauty in the rain soaked surroundings. Although it was so very rainy, the weather later today is supposed to be so much worse in comparison, with temperatures dropping to the teens and wind gusts in the 60 mph zone here near the Columbia River Gorge. There is no way I go out in that yuckiness!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas To All!!!

bokeh christmas tree ©www.hoodphotography.com


This one tree I will be enjoying on my Christmas Day, bokeh style. A Very Merry Christmas to All!!!!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

macro christmas light ©www.hoodphotography.com


I am genuinely excited for this Christmas. My son is 2 3/4 and is the perfect age to just begin enjoying the holiday. He is all about the lights, presents and Santa. I am excited about the season and time with our loving family. Enjoy a pretty holiday macro and may you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve!!!


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Flooding

flooding on the Sandy River, Oxbow Park Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com


Rain, rain, go away....

I love rain. It is an amazing reality of living in Oregon. Love it or leave it, I say. However, this weekend was a bad one for our area, with many rivers breaching their banks and landslides creating problems throughout the state. I visited nearby Sandy River and witnessed the excess of water first hand. While I stood on the bank taking this shot, the water came up at least a foot or two in the short time it took me to position, focus and snap a few shots. I was standing at least 2 ft from the edge of the river and within the short minute of shooting my feet were in the river from the expanding swell. Scary, but pretty just the same.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Fungi

branch covered in white shelf fungus ©www.hoodphotography.com


Yesterday was the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year. In our neck of the woods, that means sunrise at 7:30am and sunset at 4:30, not that you would be able to see either with the thick cloud cover. However, I did go out and do a bit of hiking to enjoy the new season and get a breath of fresh air before this weeks havoc and mayhem. In my short adventure I spotted this pretty fungi covered log and put my macro lens to use, focusing on a covered branch.

Happy Holidays to you all, and best wishes for the week to come!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waterfall at Shepperds Dell

shepperds dell waterfall ©www.hoodphotography.com


As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I visited Shepperds Dell for the first time this past Sunday. The 11 acres of Shepperds Dell was donated to the City of Portland in 1915 by local dairy farmer George Shepperd as a memorial to his wife. This is a view of the bottom section of the two tiered waterfall, taken from up by the bridge which crosses Youngs Creek. There is a whole other tier above this one, but it is tucked a little farther back in the woods. The bridges designer, K.P. Billner, once said: ''Men of wealth and high position have done big things for the Columbia River Highway which will live in history; but George Shepperd, the man of small means, did his part full well."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Viewing Shepperds Dell Falls Close-Up

Shepperds Dell waterfall ©www.hoodphotography.com


I visited a new spot right up the Columbia River Gorge from my home this past weekend. I have driven through the unassuming tract of land called Shepperds Dell probably a hundred times and never pulled over to check it out. I am so glad I did this time! While the rest of the waterfalls along the Old Columbia Highway were packed with visitors, my son and I enjoyed visiting the Shepperds Dell area entirely by ourselves. The incredibly short walk down about 6 stairs and around a paved bend leads you this viewpoint smack dab in the middle of a gorgeous two tiered waterfall! This is a close-up view of the rushing waters. I will post another photo of the falls from another vantage point tomorrow.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Rains

raindrops on evergreen branches ©www.hoodphotography.com

This photo is fitting of this weekend. It was rainy on Saturday when I trekked up the mountain. There is practically no snow up along Highways 26 and 35, even thorough the ski town of Government Camp. Nothing but rain. However, during our drive we saw tons of people out with Christmas trees strapped to the tops of their cars or in their truck beds. Therefore, this macro of the rain on a evergreen branch perfectly described the feeling of the festive rainy winter day.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blue Skies Behind the Fog

foggy blue skies above evergreen trees ©www.hoodphotography.com

Sunday was a clear, cold day. However, in Silver Creek canyon, there was a thick misty fog down low, and when you looked above you, the blue skies and light shown through the cloudiness in a very cool, ethereal way.


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Bridal Veil Creek


Slow Shutter Bridal Veil Creek ©www.hoodphotography.com

One last photo from my walk last weekend to Bridal Veil Falls. This is Bridal Veil Creek just north of where the falls drop. I took this 10 second exposure to help give a feel to how rapidly the water was flowing over the rocks.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a pretty, two tiered waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. The access to the falls is a very easy 3/4 mile in and back walk that I did on Sunday morning before the rain started.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Bridge over Bridal Veil Creek

Bridge over Bridal Veil Creek


What a difference a week makes! This past week was just plain cold, to the point of having a bit of snow fall even in the Portland Metro area. This is not really common for this time of year. The strong winds were constant as well, so most of the leaves were stripped from the trees. It looks wintery outside now, vs. the autumn look that my photos taken just last week showed.

I did manage to get out yesterday morning and go on a short excursion into the gorge. We visited the small area of Bridal Veil, and I took this photo of Bridal Veil Creek just north of the footbridge that crosses the rushing water.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cape Horn Overlook

Cape Horn Overlook in Autumn ©www.hoodphotography.com

Highway 14, otherwise known as the Evergreen Highway, curves along the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington side of the river. Cape Horn Overlook rests between the town of Washougal and Beacon Rock State Park. The pretty yellows of autumn really popped against the grey skies in the properties below and the foothills on the Washington and Oregon sides of the river.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reflections in Benson Lake

Benson Lake in Autumn ©www.hoodphotography.com

This was taken at Benson State Park off of 1-84 in the Columbia River Gorge. The water was still enough along the edges of the lake to allow a beautiful reflection of the fall colors.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Scenic Byway of the Old Columbia River Highway in Autumn

autumn road ©www.hoodphotography.com


The Old Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway begins just a few miles from my home and continues to wind along the Columbia Gorge to The Dalles. This is a rare straight stretch of the road, which was picturesque in its display of the pretty autumn golds and oranges.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bridge of the Gods

Sunlight behind the Bridge of the Gods  ©www.hoodphotography.com

I may have done a bit of speeding through the small town of Cascade Locks this past weekend. I was trying my best to make it in time to capture this beautiful light shining behind the Bridge of the Gods, which crosses the Columbia River Gorge. Being a photographer is all about taking risks, right? I say worth it!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rowena Loops

Rowena Loops in Autumn ©www.hoodphotography.com

I have so much pretty autumn photography to share with you all! I have been busy, trying to get out and about as much as I can before all the leaves drop. The weather is supposed to finally take a turn for the chilly and windy this week, so I got out twice this past week and weekend to capture as much of the golds, oranges, and reds as I could.

This is the Rowena Loops, which is a series of tight horseshoe curves that twists below the Rowena Overlook at McCall Point. This road is photographed very often, but I was lucky enough to capture some of the pretty fall colors in my take.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Ruby Hooded Mushroom

red mushroom macro ©www.hoodphotography.com

I really need to get myself a pacific northwest mushroom identification guidebook. I do not even have a good source online for identifying the mushrooms photograph when I am out in the woods like I do for wildflowers, and both truly fascinate me. This colorful mushroom really stood out along the path I was walking on. A smaller friend hung out in the background. Does anyone know what type of 'shroom it is?

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Autumn Sunset

sunset from Chinook Landing ©www.hoodphotography.com


Did you happen to catch last nights sunset? Well, if not, you are in luck because I did and I had my camera with me! I was out with my son. We had gone on a short road trip to check out the autumn leaves. As we headed home, I noticed that the clouds were breaking up above. I suspected we would get a nice sunset, so I took a detour over to our favorite spot at Chinook Landing and we got to witness this gorgeous changing sky.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pink Coneflower

pink and green coneflower ©www.hoodphotography.com


These pink coneflowers are from the echinacea family. They continue to bloom in my front garden box since we have not had a freeze yet this autumn. I purposely waited to take this photo until the flowers were just past their prime. Once the petals started to turn upwards you are easily able to see how they are green on the underside.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Quiet Autumn Forest Path


Autumn trail ©www.hoodphotography.com

Another autumn day. Another autumn walk in the woods. Many of the leaves are in their prime color changing right now. The maple leaves in the trees above me in this photo practically glowed.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autumn at Oxbow Park

Sandy River in Autumn from Oxbow Park ©www.hoodphotography.com

I love venturing outdoors when it is rainy. The wet weather keeps most people indoors, and it provides me with nice, private opportunities to take in the beauty that an Oregon autumn has to offer. This was taken at a practically deserted Oxbow Park this past weekend. The colors from the changing leaves reflected nicely on the waters of the Sandy River.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Plethora of Mushrooms

mycena mushrooms ©www.hoodphotography.com


It has been a long time since I got out and took any macro photography. I dropped my macro lens a few months back and recently repaired it. I decided to go out and hunt down my favorite macro subject: MUSHROOMS! It is the perfect time of year for mushroom macros, and there was a plethora of them at Oxbow Park this past rainy Sunday.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sand Lake

sand lake, oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com

This is the Sand Lake estuary, located on the Oregon Coast. Just north of the lake is a very popular OHV playground in the sand dunes along the beach. You would never know by the serene, calm look of the lake on this grey, foggy Oregon day. Through the thick clouds you can make out a sand bar in the water, and beyond that barely spot the edges of Whalen Island in the distance.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cape Kiwanda

Cape Kiwanda, Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com


I just returned from a sweet vacation with my family to Cape Kiwanda in the town of Pacific City. The weather was classically Oregon, as it was cloudy and rainy most of the trip. However, we did not let that stop us Oregonians from having a good time. While braving the outdoors, I took this photo of Haystack Rock, which stands 327 feet above the ocean and is the fourth tallest sea stack in the world. It is also apparently one of three stacks in Oregon named Haystack Rock.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse ©www.hoodphotography.com


Last night we had the second lunar eclipse of the year. There was also one in April, but the springtime clouds were just too dense to get a really good capture from where I was. This time was different, however, the full eclipse happened at 3:25 AM. I had my night owl husband wake me at 3am, and stayed up about 40 minutes to take this photo. It was worth it. This full moon is also called the Hunters Moon, which is the full moon that happens after the Harvest Moon. Whatever it is technically called, I call it gorgeous!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Face in Moulton Falls

Moulton Falls, Lewis River, Washington ©www.hoodphotography.com

I was looking to leave the Mt Hood area for a day trip and found Moulton Falls online. When I decided to travel about 20 minutes west of Battle Ground, Washington, I was not sure what to expect from the waterfall I had read about. Upon my arrival at the park, I had a bit of an adventure navigating the volcanic rock formations along the Lewis River to find a decent vantage point in which to take a photo of the falls. I finally settled on a perch on a rock that poked out somewhat above the crazy canyon that the water violently flows through and snapped away. Let me tell you, it is an experience and a sight to be had.

Upon getting home and uploading the photo, I noticed that the rock in the center of the turbulent water resembles a lions face. Do you see it?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Lewis River Reflections


Moulton Falls Park bridge, Lewis River, Washington ©www.hoodphotography.com

I love venturing outside of my regular Mt Hood area and finding unique, beautiful locations. This place definitely did not disappoint. Wow. It is SO pretty at Moulton Falls Park. Located about 15 miles outside of Battle Ground, Washington, the 387 acre park is amazing! The lush wilderness runs along the Lewis River, and the leaves are just starting to change. Once you reach the river, you come to this gorgeous footbridge crossing. I took the approximately 10 second long exposure to show how slow the water travels along this stretch of river. However, about 1/4 mile downstream is the very violent Moulton Falls, which I will post later this week. Visit if you can, because it is so worth it.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Milky Way Above

Milky Way ©www.hoodphotography.com


As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to Central Oregon this past weekend. I had two photo goals. The first was the sunset, which I posted about on Monday. The second was to capture the stars!

I have only recently even tried my hand at taking any night photography. This photo is my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way, and I was pretty excited with the results. Not to shabby for a first try, I think. I can't wait to try again!

Update: Per request, here are the camera settings I used:

lens 18-55
18 mm focal length
f /5.6
25 second exposure
3200 ISO

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Twilight over the Cascade Range

sunset over Cascade Range, Central Oregon ©www.hoodphotography.com


I visited family in Central Oregon this past weekend, and had two goals. The first was to take the sun going down over the Cascade mountain range, which can be seen boldly overlooking the flat grasslands. This photo was taken between Prineville and Bend, Oregon. The mountains peaks pictured from left to right are Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Three Sisters.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mt Hood Panorama from Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain

Mt Hood Panorama from Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain ©www.hoodphotography.com


I did the short walk up to Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain with my son, my Mom, and our family's new puppy Trillium this past weekend. The view was surprisingly still crisp and gorgeous, despite the smoke to the west from the 36 Pit Fire that is still burning outside of Estacada, Oregon. I captured this gorgeous landscape panorama of Mt Hood and her surrounding foothills, and decided I liked it enough to later emblazon it with one of my favorite quotes -- "The Mountains Are Calling and So I Must Go" -- and have it printed in a series of three 11x17 prints to display in my home.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just Around The Corner is Autumn

Mt Hood in Autumn ©www.hoodphotography.com

I took this photo from Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain. You can see Mt Hood standing proud in the distance, framed in the foreground by the already changing vine maples.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Supermoon

supermoon ©www.hoodphotography.com


This year boasted three "Supermoon's". The last one was this week, and I managed to get out with my camera to a local farm where there would be no city lights or obstructions to mess with my photo attempts. I patiently waited for the moon to make it's appearance over the hills in the distance, and when it finally did, it did not disappoint!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Hops

Hops macro ©www.hoodphotography.com
Happy Labor Day! I imagine that many of you will be enjoying a few beers while manning a barbecue, so I thought this photo of hops was appropriate. Since I don't know what actual type of hops these are, I call them Couture Hops, after the friend of my moms who gave her the plant years ago.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan ©www.hoodphotography.com

Black Eyed Susan always reminds me of my childhood. My parents always had it growing in the garden, and still do! This photo was taken in my Moms front yard.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Salish Pond Sundown

Sunset over Salish Pond, Fairview OR ©www.hoodphotography.com

I love going on evening walks around Lake Salish with my son. There are usually very little people on the paths, and the ducks are all eager to catch the bread we throw for them. Best of all, if we are lucky, we are able to catch an amazing sunset, such as this one.

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