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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Back to the Ranch

Balsam Root and Lupine are blooming this week at the Dalles Mountain Ranch in the Columbia Gorge. And this year, the wildflower season happened to coincide with a warm spell and almost no wind. Last year I visited several times, and was nearly blown off my feet by gale force winds each time...so sunny, mild, and 75 was a real treat!  I walked a loop near Eightmile Creek that wound through some of the thicker patches of blooms. The flowers are fickle, tending to cover some hills and leave others bare, and that has caused me some trouble with wide-angle landscape photos in previous years. I decided to really focus on landscape shots during my trip.  And maybe I overdid it a bit, because I realized once I got home that I actually don't have a single close-up photo to show for my shoot. I do like this scene though, because it shows the rolling hills and patches of flowers, and the beautiful weather.

4 comments:

Spare Parts and Pics said...

That's a beautiful shot, and much appreciated, because we're not seeing much down here in S CA. So far, the desert blooms have been really sparse.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Good to be back on the ranch now that you're back in the saddle. That's a really beautiful landscape indeed.

Lady Fi said...

Oh, the wild flowers! Lovely.

Weekend-Windup said...

Amazing shot! Mountains looks smooth and green! Beautiful flowers at the bottom of the mountain:)