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As Delta 887 approached Portland, Oregon on an early June evening, magenta light bathed Mt Adams in soft pastels.

 

The blue green rolling hills of southwestern Washington lead up from the Columbia River Gorge.

 

Mt St Helens rises in semi silhouette on the left.

 

Evening clouds and fog begin to flow into the Columia River Gorge from the Pacific Ocean.

 

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A juvenille salmon barge returns up the Columbia River at Moiser bend against a firey sunset. The September photograph was snapped from Mosier Overlook a couple of miles east of Mosier, Oregon.

 

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Late into the afternoon and night, firefighters fought winds gusting over 40 mph to contain this wildfire buring in the Columbia River Gorge west of Lyle, Washington and across from Memaloose State Park, Oregon.

 

Oregon and Washington east of the Cascade Mountains are parched grasslands in the summer and ready fodder for fire. This fire was quickly contained and mostly gone by the 4th. The summer wind tunnel formed by the Columbia River Gorge creates explosive fire situations.

 

The helicopter lifts buckets of water from the Columbia River to douse the fire.

 

Best seen from the fire box.

 

[Explored July 8, 2013 #55]

 

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Multnomah Falls is a 620 feet (189 m) two tiered waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Print size 13x19 inches.

A small waterfall and section of Starvation Creek.

 

Starvation Creek is a small Rest Stop / Park near Hood River, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

I found the park, and the creek, by accident while hunting waterfalls and was shocked at how photogenic the creek is. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the Hood River, Oregon area.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Starvation Creek can be found here:

Starvation Creek 1

Starvation Creek 2

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

April water flowed abundantly at the base of Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. This is a 1/8 second handheld and railing braced exposure at 80mm with the Nikkor 80-400 afs zoom.

 

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The Columbia Gorge is a National Scenic Area. It's surprising to see how busy it is.

 

Looking first on the left, a barge travels up river. In the distance to its left and its right, two trains travel down the tracks while cars and trucks streak along Interstate 84 in Oregon.

 

In the houses at Rowena along the historic Columbia River Highway, people wonder if the fire burning above them will burst out of containment and threaten them again. The Rowena Fire on the burned over 5 square miles on the slopes and hills of The Gorge walls.

 

High above, a full moon shines through the smoke onto The Gorge and the mighty Columbia River.

 

This is a two vertical-shot panorama shot from the Rowena Loops overlook. The moon is blown out. I thought about compositing in a separate shot of the moon but decided to leave the moon as the camera saw it.

 

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Few events are more terrifying to man or wildlife at night than a wild forest fire in the dry heat of summer.

 

The Rowena wildfire started Tuesday night August 6th in steep terrain not far from where this hotspot was still burning on Saturday, August 9th.

 

The fire driven by 30 mph winds burned 3600 acres (5 square miles) as it travelled rapidly from west to east towards The Dalles.

 

Though the Rowena fire is well under control now, there are an exceptional number of fires active this summer as hot and dry conditions have prepared ample tender.

 

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The lower falls at Multnomah Falls.

 

Multnomah Falls is undisputedly one of the best waterfalls in Oregon. The falls upper and lower falls combined stand at approximately 611 feet in height and are one of the tallest waterfalls in the United States. The lower part of Multnomah Falls that is shown stands at approximately 69 feet in height. The waterfall can be found near Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Multnomah Falls can be found here:

Multnomah Falls

Lower Multnomah Falls 2

Lower Multnomah Falls & Bridge

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

The lower falls at Multnomah Falls.

 

Multnomah Falls is undisputedly one of the best waterfalls in Oregon. The falls upper and lower falls combined stand at approximately 611 feet in height and are one of the tallest waterfalls in the United States. The lower part of Multnomah Falls that is shown stands at approximately 69 feet in height. The waterfall can be found near Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Multnomah Falls can be found here:

Multnomah Falls

Lower Multnomah Falls 1

Lower Multnomah Falls & Bridge

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

The Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway (Highway 30) was built in 1916. Print size 13x19 inches.

Campers lined the bluff of the Columbia River at Memaloose State Park for a sunset that had to be seen.

 

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Latourell Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. The waterfall is approximately 224 feet tall and is surrounded by forest as it cascades of a cliff of basalt rock. The above picture was taken from the path on the way to the waterfall and shows an interesting view of the waterfall through the foliage and trees.

 

Anyone wishing to visit Latourell Falls will find it on the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. The falls are a short easy hike from the road and are definitely worth visiting.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Latourell Falls can be found here:

Latourell Falls 1

Latourell Falls 2

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

Latourell Falls is approximately 224 feet tall and is extremely impressive and photogenic. The above picture shows the base of the falls, which is covered in water sculpted basalt rocks and abundant green foliage.

 

Anyone wishing to visit Latourell Falls will find it on the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. The falls are a short easy hike from the road and are definitely worth visiting.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Latourell Falls can be found here:

Latourell Falls 1

Latourell Falls 3

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

The Nature Conservancy Trail to McCall Point was used to create the western firebreak for the Rowena fire.

 

Apparently, the trail itself was not damaged and the fire was kept to the eastern edge of the trail.

 

Winter rains and the lack of down slope vegetation make create new problems in the fall and winter.

 

NOTE: As of August 18, the McCall Point trail is closed.

 

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The sun rises as the full moon sets over The Dalles, Oregon in late April. Mt. Hood glows pink in the pre-dawn rose glow of a rising sun.

 

In this image taken shortly after sunrise, morning light is finally illuminating The Dalles as the moon sinks below the horizon.

 

Best viewed against a velvet black sky.

 

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Shepperd's Dell is a small canyon in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Sheppards Dell State Park is located 4 miles east of Crown Point. It offers a short paved trail to the Shepperd's Dell Falls. Print size 13x19 inches.

 

Lights are on in The Dalles, the end of the overland portion of the Oregon Trail.

 

Mt Adams and Mt Rainier reflect the last of the setting sun's pink and orange rays.

 

The Columbia River gleams in the reflected blue of the overhead sky.

 

Best from the window seat

 

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On May 3, leprechauns hid their pot of gold at the end of a brilliant rainbow near the mouth of the Klickatat River where it enters the Columbia River at Lyle, Washington.

 

Had the fisherman in the boats at the end of the rainbow only been able to see the rainbow, they could have scored.

 

The gull seems to have spotted the opportunity and is flying toward it.

 

The Columbia River Gorge is a great spot for finding and photographing rainbows because storms often stall at the Cascade ridge line near Hood River. Clouds to the west and clear skies to the east are common between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. Mix in showers or a storm with an early morning sun to your back and rainbows abound.

 

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The Washington side of The Columbia River Gorge across from Viento State Park still holds snow and ice at the end of January. As usual, wintertime low clouds fill the western end of The Gorge.

A sun lit house and dock sit on Eighteenmile Island in the Columbia River off-shore from Mosier, Oregon. Eighteenmile Island is on the Oregon side of the river.

 

To the right on a separate island is a tiny lighthouse.

 

The Gorge wall above hosts microwave and telecommunications towers. Interstate highway I-84 and the Union Pacific Railway run along the Oregon shore.

 

Traveling along the cliff, a restored section of historic US30 joins Hood River and Mosier.

 

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Latourell Falls is approximately 224 feet tall and is extremely impressive and photogenic. The above picture shows the base of the falls, which is covered in water sculpted basalt rocks and abundant green foliage.

 

Anyone wishing to visit Latourell Falls will find it on the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. The falls are a short easy hike from the road and are definitely worth visiting.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Latourell Falls can be found here:

Latourell Falls 2

Latourell Falls 3

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

Another shot on Silvas creek in Klickitat River Gorge, WA. Amazing little slot creek gorge less than 2 feet wide.

 

Happy Waterfall Wednesday!

 

Explore - Jan 19, 2011 #278

There's little better than starting a cold morning at the campsite with a steaming hot mug of coffee.

 

This mug is sitting on a picnic table at Memaloose State Park in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

[Explored September 25, 2014 #484]

 

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Across the windy Columbia River from Viento State Park near Cook, Washington, fire fighting equipment lines the road just beyond the rails.

 

Firefighters work to contain a June blaze on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

 

The wind driven waves on the water and the bending branches suggest 25mph winds are fanning the flames and challenging the fire fighters.

 

Concerned drivers pulled off I-84 at Viento State Park to study the wildfire.

 

Fire season seems off to an early start this year with this start of June blaze.

 

The fire now has a name: Dog Falls fire.

 

The Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails are closed as of June 9. About 3 acres have been burned above WA 14.

 

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Saw so many waterfalls along the Columbia Gorge i lost track of what is what, where is where, what day it is. Barely visible in bottom left is tourist at end of bridge over creek.

Starvation Creek is a small Rest Stop / Park near Hood River, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

I found the park, and the creek, by accident while hunting waterfalls and was shocked at how photogenic the creek is. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the Hood River, Oregon area.

 

This section of creek is right below Starvation Creek Falls.

 

NOTE: My other posted pictures of Starvation Creek can be found here:

Starvation Creek 2

Starvation Creek - Mini Waterfall

 

My other posted waterfall pictures can be found here:

Album - Waterfalls

On a January approach to Portland International Airport (PDX), Bonneville Dam was clearly visible below as it zigzagged its way across the Columbia River.

 

Constructed against a background of criticism and cost overruns, the depression era dam has proven the value of public works projects many times over. We are indebted to the visionaries who foresaw its importance and value.

 

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Crown Point and the Vista House on a cool, cloudy, spring day. Taken from the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.

 

For those that are not familiar with the area. The rock promontory that sticks out into the gorge is called Crown Point. The small observatory like building is known as Vista House. Both are and excellent and popular place to view the Columbia Gorge.

 

NOTE: My other posted pictures of The Columbia River Gorge can be found here:

The Columbia River Gorge 1

The Columbia River Gorge 2

After the sunset, the sky still glowed a vibrant orange along the rocky shore of the Columbia River. The last day of March ended with a beautiful twilight display at Viento State Park's beach in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.

 

Best viewed from the dark beach.

 

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Ranging in width from 1 km to 1 mi wide at East Mayer State Park, the Columbia River looks like a torrent raging over rapids.

 

It's actually 40+ mph wind from the west that's driving the swell, the current is only about 6 knots.

 

The wind provided plenty of fireworks for the windsurfers this 4th of July.

Before sunrise, there's the blue hour. At sunrise, pink fills the sky. Afterwards, the yellow sun dominates.

 

A cloudy and foggy July day at Women's Forum Park in the Columbia River Gorge denied the view of the sun, but could not hide the changing colors of sunlight as amplified here.

 

Best viewed against a black night.

 

[Explored April 18, 2013 #200]

 

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An early morning jaunt between snow storms to Multnomah Falls in Oregon brought a nice wintery scene the other day. A bit of clone work fixed the damage to the bridge - at least in my photo. I chose to show the fine art version here as opposed to the documented version (with broken bridge) I might send to a magazine.

The hike along the upper section of Starvation Ridge Trail provided a bonanza of blossoming wildflowers and trees.

 

All of these were shot on the hike of April 21. Many others varieties were present but not photographed.

 

From left to right and then top to bottom the flowers are:

1. Fairy slipper (or Deer's head orchid),

2. Scouler's Heliotrope,

3. Cliff Paintbrush,

4. Glacier Lily,

5. Chocolate lily,

6. Poet's Shooting Star, and finally

7. a white flowering tree.

 

See them all big on black.

Liquid sunshine reigned in The Columbia River Gorge on the last Monday of May. A lone fisherman sat in the rain in the banks of the Columbia River at Viento State Park, Oregon.

 

It was a chilly 53 F and rainy, but at least it wasn't windy. Wet 'n cool Memorial weekends are far too frequent in western Oregon.

 

Best seen from under the cloud cover.

I took the opportunity to visit three TPL properties within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. This property is located at Carson Cove on the Columbia River near Stevenson, Washington. All three properties are treasures offering beautiful views and unique land features. Carson Cove is, however hard to access, being located between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks and the river.

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon carved by the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwestern US which forms the boundary between the States of Washington and Oregon. Print size 8x10 inches.

Late in Auguest, forbidding clouds building in the west are a poingent reminder of the impending 9 months of rain coming in November to the west side of the Cascades Mountains.

 

The last flowers of summer look to the east for the chance of sun tomorrow and to escape the west winds.

 

So how did I get a full circle out of the 8mm Rokinon on a full frame camers? Did I crop or did I use content aware fill?

 

Can you spot the barge above the barge on the Washington shore?

Most birds (birds of prey excluded) lack binocular vision. Each eye sees a separate uniocular view of the world with little or no overlap. This is the way I imagine a bird's view of a sunset, able to see a wide angle panorama with little overlap and not merged.

 

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View south with Silvas Creek flowing from right.

You'd think The Gorge had enough waterfalls without a man-made one. The hole-in-the-wall falls was created in 1938 to divert water from Warren Creek's natural falls where it had a habit of washing out US 30.

 

In extremely high runoff, the diversion dam oveflows and the natural Warren Creek falls flows again.

 

This is a detail of the start of the cascade after the fall from the circular hole at the top.

 

Hole-in-th-wall falls can be seen from the lower (and flat) section of the Starvation Creek ridge trail.

 

Hand held exposure at 200mm and 1/15th second.

 

Best viewed on black.

The second property I visited was East of Carson Cove, near Carson, Washington. It had large basalt outcrops with sheer cliff faces jutting out into the Columbia River. It was a very dramatic property and dangerous to hike on because of the rocky, steep terrain. As you can see it was very beautiful!

The famous Rowena Loops was shot here from atop the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway's stone wall at Rowena Crest with a fisheye lens.

 

You're looking at the full frame circle of the 8mm fisheye made rectangular by filling in the corner pixels outside the lens' circle using Photoshop content-aware fill and some cloning. No cropping was needed :)

 

The loops are the frequent backdrop for new car videos and TV ads. They are also great fun to wind down in a roadster. You don't even have to break the speed limit to stress your cornering prowess and nerve. If you come to play, please be safe, there are bicyclists grinding up these curves too.

 

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Cascade Locks is a small town on the Historic Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge 44 miles from Portland. Print size 13x19 inches.

 

The heart shaped cliffs of Multnomah Falls.

 

Multnomah Falls is undisputedly one of the best waterfalls in Oregon. It stands at approximately 611 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in the United States. It can be found near Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

NOTES:

My other posted pictures of Multnomah Falls can be found here:

Lower Multnomah Falls 1

Lower Multnomah Falls 2

Lower Multnomah Falls & Bridge

 

My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

Clinging to a rock wall in the Columbia River Gorge, Midget Phlox stretch for the disappearing afternoon light at the end of March.

 

Midget Phlox is a tiny wildflower that blooms in late March and early April in East Mayer State Park.

 

I like the phlox's shadow in the upper left corner.

The logs burned quickly in the fire pit at Memaloose.

 

The heat was welcome on this 50F evening when marshmellows would be incinerated.

 

Best seen from the fire pit.

Rowena windsurfing at East Mayer State Park, Oregon, April 20, 2013.

 

Yesterday's posting raised a question about whether Mike was traveling forward during his jump. The eight photographs have been repackaged into a photomontage where the cliffs on the Washington side of The Gorge were used to align the photos.

 

Yes, Mike was traveling forward during the jump and he was moved downwind to the right by the 30 mph wind.

 

In addition, the montage has made a really interesting image that shows the progress of a windsurfiing jump. Note that Mike is attached to his boom with a line that hooks into his harness throughout the jump. Should he blow the jump, this attachment is apt to function like a catapult. You can imagine the consequences.

 

You'll also notice the bent knees that jump the board off the water, pull it up in the air and then function as shock absorbers. The mast is oriented horizontally to place the sail in a wing orientation so that the wind lifts the windsurfer high into the air.

 

The eight photographs were shot as raw images with a D800E at five frames a second using an 80-400 mm af-s VRII lens at 400 mm on a gimbel head at 1/2000 f7.1 iso 720 vr-off.

 

Click the link to see it best in the black box.

 

TDS Member Photo of the Day May 8, 2013 www.facebook.com/thedigitalstory

 

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The first of several Ponytail Falls pictures.

 

Ponytail Falls is part of Horsetail Creek and is located above Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as Upper Horsetail Falls instead of its proper name.

 

Ponytail Falls stands at approximately 88 feet in height and is one of the rare waterfalls that you can easily walk behind.

 

Photo was taken in very early Spring.

 

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My other posted Waterfall pictures can be found here: Album - Waterfalls

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