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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mystery Falls

I remember reading, on one of my earliest visits, that there are 77 waterfalls throughout the Columbia Gorge, on both the Oregon and Washington sides, but more in Oregon.  And I remember thinking how can there possibly be that many waterfalls!  Now that we've lived here for a few years, my thinking is just the opposite.  77 seems like a ridiculously low number!  Gorge waterfalls must number in the hundreds.  Unless 77 is just waterfalls falling right at the edge of the Columbia.  Either way, this waterfall would be one of the 77.  It's one of two waterfalls I walked past on my short walk along the Historic Hwy 30 Trail near Starvation Creek.  I especially liked the tree clinging to the edge of the cliff wall. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Mossy Wood

I see this stretch of moss and evergreens every time I'm driving east on I-84 to Hood River, and always want to stop for a photo.  Not long ago I noticed that the historic US Highway 30 Trail extends along the edge of this forest, so this week I made time to pull off and walk the stretch of trail just west of Starvation Creek.  These trees extend back maybe 100 ft. until they reach a cliff wall, thus the dark background, and perfect mossy growing conditions.  I have to say, it's a nice little trail, especially for people looking to avoid the steeper elevations.  Only downside is that you walk awfully close to I-84 so lots of highway noise.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Farewell November

Growing up in Indiana. I always looked forward to the frostiness of November.
Here in western Washington it's a soggier month.  Especially this year!
Looks like our fall colors will linger into December;
a little surprising given all our October and November rain.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Down River

A rare view from the center of the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge crossing the Columbia. It's not so easy to get a photo from the bridge; it's a super narrow grated metal bridge with no pedestrian path. There is the possibility of a bridge lift, but I've never been lucky enough to get caught on the bridge when a large boat comes through.  Today was my lucky day though.  No lift, but intermittent bridge work was going on and I got stopped for a few minutes so I took the opportunity and got out to get a few photos.  (Very odd feeling to be walking on the open grated bridge floor and looking through to the water below!) 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Oh, the Weather Outside

(Pacific Northwest version), not exactly "Let it Snow", unless you're above 4,000ft. today. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Winter in the Gorge

Clouds and mist hang in the hills,
on a gray and drizzly day.
(Full color image)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

St. Helens

The final photo in my sunrise and fog series, this one looking even further to the north and Mount St. Helens, the closest of the volcanic peaks. All in all there were four volcanoes visible this morning, the fourth was the tip of Mt. Jefferson far to the south.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Above the Clouds

Another view from our sunrise and morning fog combo last week. This time a scene slightly to the north and including the top of Mt. Adams.  

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Morning sun illuminates Mt. Hood,
while low-lying Brush Prairie lies covered
in a blanket of fog.
Linking to Skywatch.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Moulton Falls

The classic view of Moulton Falls, taken the same day as my 'Lewis River' photo from October 22nd. This walking bridge leads to the trails connecting Moulton Falls and Lucia Falls. The bridge has No Jumping signs posted, but when we visited here last summer, there was plenty of jumping going on. I'm monitoring weather to try this photo again when the light is better. I was disappointed with how washed out the colors looked in this direction. So if I'm lucky, I'll post another shot of the bridge in the next week or so. Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Sunshine filters into the forest, 
drying out after our week of rain,
lighting a lone leaf.
Big Leaf Maple.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lewis River

Finally a break in the rain!  And an early morning drive out to Moulton Falls on the Lewis River just south of Yacolt (with emphasis on the 'yac', rhymes with jackal). I was hoping for a little mist on the water, but I'm not going to complain.  The sun felt great, and a little sunshine does wonders for a reflection shot. Clover and I got a nice walk in.  Now for some hay-making while the sunshine lasts.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pond Reflection

A peaceful moment along the edge of Klineline Pond the other day.It's too windy today for a reflection photo.Reflection or no, it's always relaxing to walk along the edge of the pond.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Coming Storm

The rain began today and is forecast to continue through the weekend with the arrival of Typhoon Songda.  A typhoon?  Yikes! For today I'm photographing from the warm and dry safety of my car.  A reprieve of the 'through my rainy windshield' series.  More to follow, I'm sure...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hawthorn Berries

So many hawthorn trees surrounding the field near my house.  All loaded with berries.  I've been picking them, now that they're ripe, and trying to make hawthorn berry jelly.  My first attempt was a flop: great tasting, but I think I got the temp too high because my jelly came out more like taffy.  So I'm trying again later this week with a different recipe this time.  Plenty of berries left for the birds.