View to the other side of the road from last week's post. I'm getting a little behind on the blog, between finishing up the calendar and getting my garden planted. I've got a little backlog of photos though, so hope I can catch up on posting this week and next. As far as the photo, I was in Trout Lake looking for a particular herb farm that I visited earlier this spring. I remembered it was on Glenwood Rd., and when I saw the sign for BZ-Glenwood Hwy I thought that was it. Multiple times I felt like I was on a new road, and yet I kept going because I was just sure Glenwood was right. After a while I was quite sure I'd made a wrong turn, but it was just so pretty that I continued down the road and decided to visit the herb farm on my next visit (which will be on Friday). All these yellow flowers, plus the camas growing along the edge of the road, line an area signed Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge. We didn't plan for a trip through a wildlife refuge, and our dog Clover was in the car. So I'm thinking that if I have time, I'll visit the herb farm and check out the refuge when I'm back in Trout Lake later this week.
We had fabulous weather for a hike around the arch bridge at Catherine Creek on Saturday. I got my fill of vitamin D, and then felt like I wanted to cover up a bit. This clump of trees fanned out nicely on the ridge line above the bridge, giving me the chance to snap a photo and get a bit of shade.
I drove out to Hood River last week to begin work on the 2017 calendar printing, and I wasn't planning on doing any photography because I was tired. But on the way back, the river turned calm and reflective, and it did this right in front of the vista point turnout, so of course I pulled over. Usually this turnout is pretty empty, just a semi or two with the driver napping in the back. But on this day the lot was full, and everyone out with their cameras and iphones. I started to feel a kindred spirit with these fellow travelers who had also chosen to pause their journey and enjoy the scene with me; and started to think about all the vehicles whizzing by behind me, their occupants either in too much of a rush or too distracted to notice what we were taking in. Glad I had the opportunity to pause and enjoy.
Well, I'm taking another photography class this spring. This week our assignment was black and white, particularly looking at photographs by Josef Sudek. He's got some pretty moody images; things I'd love to work on if we were in our foggy season, and he's also got lots of still life images. My absolute favorite is the one I've included to the right side of this post: the drinking glass and egg reflection. I have no idea how he got it looking like this! I tried, but couldn't even come close. So I ended up working on another of his subject matter with water bubbles on the side of a vase. He gets a lot more detail without making the lighting quite so harsh as I did. My heart wasn't in this one. Maybe if I were house-bound for a while, it would be something to experiment with more. Anyway, class is tomorrow, so I'll have a new assignment for next week.
Fabulous view down on of the orchard rows at Draper Girls in Hood River Valley. Peaches or plum? I'm not sure, but I think maybe peaches. I read an online article on telling the difference, but after my visit, and I didn't take any close up shots so I can't get a good look at the blossoms. Either way, lucky geese to have such a lovely and fragrant spring view!
I'm in love with this off-the-beaten-path waterfall, just down the road from Multnomah! We discovered it this week, and pretty much had the entire falls all to ourselves. We hiked in, under a mile, easy trail but a bit rocky. The trail enters a steep canyon from the top, and descends to the bottom of the gorge through a series of steep switchbacks. It's hard to take the scene in visually, and I found it impossible to capture in a single photo. Even this shot, taken after a scramble down to the water's edge, uses my wide angle lens but to me it looks like I've zoomed in. The falls, visible in the background, drop over 200 ft, and the trail with small footbridge crosses just below them, so you feel the enormity of them, and get pretty wet from all the spray.
I feel like I've gotten to know most of the tulip fields around La Connor and Mt Vernon in the past few years, so I was surprised to stumble upon this large commercial viewing field called Tulip Town. It rivals Roozengarde in size, and like Roozenbarge it charges admission. But Tulip Town fields seem really to be planted for show, with tight rows and alternating bands of colors, and no signs warning visitors to stay out of the fields. The large farms have a carnival atmosphere. Along the horizon line you can see trolley car pulled by a tractor, taking visitors through the fields. I wanted to come back to this field later in the day when the sun wasn't so bright, but unfortunately they close at 5pm and have a big gate they can lock up. Oh well. Also one thing that neither of my Skagit Valley photos really shows is how muddy the fields are this year after all our rain. I was so glad that I keep my rain boots stored in my trunk because they were really necessary for wandering around the fields!
This past weekend was our annual Skagit Valley Easter trip. It was an early Easter this year, but luckily an early spring as well. The daffodil fields were just passing their prime, and the snow geese were still in the area. A huge flock can (sort of) be seen at the center horizon line. They could certainly be heard! We chased after them for a closer view, but couldn't find their location. The elusive snow geese! Photography was a little rough overall on this day; I was happy to have the morning clouds clear a bit, but the sun was blindingly bright. Guess I forgot how to photograph in sunshine after our long, gray winter! :/ Ok, no complaint though. The sunshine was awesome!!!
Finally a break in the weather! We had some sunshine over the weekend, and actually had already planned a trip to Goldendale just to get on the sunny side of the gorge. On our way back, we stopped for a hike at the old Lyle Cherry Orchard trail. No orchard visible here, although I read there are some old cherry trees at the top of the trail. We only made it part way up because we didn't allow enough time to do the entire trail. We got through the steepest climb, and the part way up the remainder of the climb along the plateau, which my guide book called the "Layer-Cake Bluffs". Pretty view, with the grass greening up a bit, and the powdered sugar clouds covering the sky.
An abundance of water heading over all the falls in the gorge this year. We've already exceeded average yearly rainfall totals for 2016 (measured by our rainy season, starting October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). Very green and very soggy!