Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Battle Ground Lake

I've been curious to visit Battle Ground Lake State Park for several years now, but really got interested in it after this summer, when I learned that it is a much smaller version of Crater Lake in southern Oregon.  A lake in a collapsed volcanic caldera.  I finally got there today and walked the perimeter of the lake with Clover and friends.  I have to say, what a little gem of a lake! A beautiful walk along the lower trail, which did have its obstacles.  There is also an upper trail, which I imagine being wider and flatter along the upper perimeter of the caldera.  Definitely going back here again!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mt. Hood Reflection

If you turn around, you'd see the fabulous view from White Salmon, Washington across the river to Mt. Hood.  On a sunny day though, you don't even need to turn around to be reminded of the scenery!  Mt. Hood reflected in the Book Peddler window.
Linking to Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If I Were a Groundhog...

We finally got a beautiful sunrise this morning, and I almost missed it too!  I got lulled into dull, rainy sunrises last week, and didn't remember to look out the window until after sunrise. Luckily this was one of those sunrises that built slowly.  It's a pretty spectacular scene when the mountain casts a shadow, and it seems to only happen at this time of year.  I was just imagining it happening on groundhog day, and the poor little groundhog heading back into his den to hibernate for eternal winter!  Still struggling with color balance on these vivid sunrises.  My eye sees pink, but the camera records the sunrise in a bloody-orange color. A quick online search for how to correct this turned up blank. Any advice?  The very low-lying clouds have taken on the correct pink, almost lilac color.  This is what happened to me last year too.  Low clouds and fog got the correct color, and the sky came out a bright orange. 
Linking to Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day

Well, after a long, rainy winter, we were blessed with bright sunshine today. What does this mean?  Can we all count on the groundhog in Pennsylvania or is this seasonal forecast purely a local thing?  And what time of day does the groundhog peer out?  This morning we started out with fog, then midday bright sunshine with high clouds, now later in the afternoon the clouds are getting thicker.  Plus, it turns out we have our own season-predicting hedgehog here in Portland.  Who knew?  And he didn't see his shadow this morning.  Good thing he didn't join me for lunch in White Salmon, Washington, where this bright shadow photo was taken!

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Closer Look

Another version of the pretty little stream I photographed on my drive in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest last week.  We'll have rushing water like this for a long time this year because of all our rain/snow.  I read in the paper that Mt. Hood has already gotten 324 inches, and that was last week.  This stream would have its origin closer to Mt. Adams, or possibly Mount St. Helens.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gifford Pinchot

We've got one of the older national forests here in Southwest Washington. Originally named the Columbia National Forest in the late 1800s, it was renamed in 1949 in honor of Gifford Pinchot, chief of the forest service from 1905-1910 during the Teddy Roosevelt administration. He transformed the way national forests were managed, and greatly increased the amount of land set aside under federal management. Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres of land in southwest Washington, beginning at the southern edge of Mt. Rainier National Park, and extending south to the Columbia River. The national forest includes Mount St. Helens and Mt. Adams. It's rugged country, but now that I've got my Curious Gorge guide book, I plan to explore it...although I think I'll save the higher elevations for the summer months!  This beautiful little stream, sorry to not know the name, is just north of Carson in Skamania County.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Curious Gorge

Well, no fabulous sunrises to report this week, but I did finally purchase a guide book I've been eyeing for the last few months.  Curious Gorge. It's filled with over 100 hikes and attractions in the Columbia River Gorge. I don't know why I didn't purchase it sooner.  I can't believe all the cool hidden stuff in the gorge, and I'm so excited to visit all the sites!  Today's trip was sort of a bust though.  Too much snow still on the road once it started climbing toward Mt. Adams, so I had to turn around and head back.  On the way back I stopped and took a few shots, just to console myself.  This mossy woodland scene was one of them. Rain, fog, snow about 2000', and moss, moss, moss!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It's That Time of Year

Looks like colorful sunrise season is here! I missed this one at Mt. Vista near the WSU Vancouver campus by about 10 minutes, so I'd better start setting my alarm clock through mid-February, just in case anything good develops.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Salmon Creek

Salmon Creek at dusk, looking pretty full after all our rain so far this winter.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sunrise near Astoria

The companion shot to yesterday's post. Sunset Beach State Park in Oregon (at sunrise). This time facing north. The tide was just heading out, and the wet sands cast a terrific reflection as usual.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sunrise at Sunset Beach

We got out to the coast over the weekend, visiting Astoria.  Usually when we're in Astoria we stop at Fort Stevens State Park, but this weekend we went to Sunset Beach instead.  And at sunrise no less.  Sunrise in the deepest part of winter is around 8am, so it wasn't so bad in terms of sleep.  The temperature was only 38 degrees though. Pretty pastel colors, this photo is looking north.  I'll post another tomorrow looking south.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Dramatic clouds and sun in the gorge. I was on the Washington side, so this view is looking at Oregon which has the more dramatic landscape in the gorge. And this photo was taken close to Stevenson, which is often where the weather shifts as the river bends.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Multnomah in Winter

A very frosty view of Multnomah Falls.
So far this winter we've either had rain or cold.
 For today's scene: cold!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

A wintery reflection to star the New Year: Multnomah Creek just downstream from Multnomah Falls. Hard to believe this little creek, so quiet and meandering, is all that is left after the falls!