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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


A Trip To Silver Falls


Wintery Reflection


Clematis



Gorgeous Days End at Lake Salish


Eliot Branch of the North Fork Hood River


Sunrise Over the Columbia River


Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire


Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse


Cape Kiwanda


Bridge of the Gods


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.


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Riverside Crane


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



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!!!



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

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Flooding



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



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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Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Rains


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, November 26, 2014

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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cape Horn Overlook


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


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



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


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


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


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



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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Monday, November 3, 2014

Quiet Autumn Forest Path



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


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



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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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cape Kiwanda



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



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


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



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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Monday, September 22, 2014

Twilight over the Cascade Range



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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just Around The Corner is Autumn


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. The sky is tinted purple from nearby wildfires.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Supermoon



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

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 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


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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coldwater Lake


Coldwater Lake is kinda awesome. Located in the Mt St Helens blast zone, this unassuming lake did not exist before the 1980 eruption. The blast caused a huge natural dam of Coldwater Creek, creating the body of water that is popular to fisherman and picnickers these days.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Heirloom Tomato



My "garden" this year is an embarrassment. About halfway through June we realized that we had much more important things to tend to -- namely remodeling two rooms in our home -- than gardening. Now the plants that I so carefully planted in spring are overtaken with waist high weeds. However, they are still doing quite well considering. This large heirloom tomato is proof.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire



An over 3500 acre wildfire took over the hillsides just east of Rowena, Oregon on Tuesday of last week. People in about 150 homes around the blaze were evacuated, and one home was actually destroyed.

On Friday night I headed out with my camera to capture the beginning day of the "Super Moon" and found myself heading east through the gorge, crossing the Columbia River and ending up at Doug's Beach outside of Lyle, Washington directly across from the fire area. I took this long exposure to show the many hot spots on the hillside above the cars along I-84, which at the point that this photo was taken was only 35% contained. Later at home when I downloaded the photo, I noticed the shooting star streaking across the sky directly above the hill, and hoped that it was a sign of sorts that the worst of the blaze would soon be over. Fortunately, I was right because the evacuation of most of the area residents has been lifted and those people have been able to return to their homes.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Late Summer Mt. St. Helens


I visited Mt St Helens yesterday with family. I had not been in a few years, and am always amazed at the destruction that is displayed, and on the opposite hand, the regeneration of the area. Trees are growing again, the grounds are covered in greenery and wildflowers. It is a truly breathtaking sight.

It was a very hot August, clear sky day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday, and the Indian Paintbrush and other plants were very dry.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dusk over Trillium Lake


I do not visit Trillium Lake as much as I used to. There are just way too many people. Only a few years back, you could go for the day to sit on the bank and fish and enjoy the peacefulness that the mountain lake had to offer with a handful of other groups of people doing the same thing. Then they did some pretty major construction on the south side of the lake where the dam is, creating a large bank for people to hang out for the day. Sounds nice, but it made the crowds explode. There were hundreds of people crowded into the dam area at the small lake this past weekend when I visited for the first time of the year, and we only spent a short time before moving on to another lake. We prefer quieter outdoor experiences. I did return at dusk and captured this much more peaceful moment as the sun went down in the west.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Washington Lily



One of these years I am going to get my permit from the Mt Hood Forest Service to dig plants and bring them home with me to plant in my garden. I would love my yard to host some of the naturally found flora that I come across when I am in the woods, including this gorgeous Washington Lily. It's large white flower has always been one of my favorites.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunrise over the Columbia River



Two weeks ago I posted about being up to capture the sunrise over the weekend. This is another shot I took the same day, a few minutes later after the sun had risen above Government Island and it's light reflected in the waters of the Columbia River.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waters of Timothy Lake


One of the most prominent features of Timothy Lake are the stumps. The lake was created when the Timothy Lake Dam was built in 1956 to regulate the waters of the Oak Grove Fork Clackamas River. The remains of the long ago forest can still be seen in the clear waters along the banks.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Curve of a Creek



This is Still Creek. It is not the most appropriately named creek in the Mt Hood National Forest, as it has many many rapids and curves such as this one.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hollyhock



In October, my husband and I purchased our first home. I carefully moved the perennial plants from my garden boxes at the rental we previously lived in and brought them to their new home. They pretty much all survived and are doing fairly well considering the move. I also accumulated plants from other family members. My mom gave me this gorgeous bright pink hollyhock, which is in its prime bloom right now.

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