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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scary Lack of Snow on Mt Hood

Cloudy Day in late summer, Mt Hood Oregon

Mt Hood, which boasts Americas only year round snow sports, is suffering. Timberline, which is usually has an open snow park every month except for a brief time of maintenance in the fall has not been open for operation for weeks. The day I took this photo about two weeks ago from just beyond the Timberline parking lot, the mountain itself for the most part was obscured by storm clouds, but you can see the dismal remains of the Palmer snowfield (the snowy "square"), which in the past has normally hosted skiers and snowboarders throughout the entire month of August.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Smokey Red Sunset

Red Sun Caused By Pacific Northwest Wildfires, Portland OR

The pacific northwest is on fire! There are so many wildfires burning that the past two days, the majority of the skies in the states of Washington and Oregon have been obscured by smoke. The second you go outside you can smell it. The past two nights have produced a bright red sun during the half hour or so before it goes down. I went down to the Columbia River and took this on Sunday night.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower over Prineville

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over old car

I visited my Dads house last week, and again, tried my hand at some night photography. The Milky Way had an orange hue due to a wildfire that has started that very day out in Warm Springs some 45 miles away. We were actually lucky to see any stars at all because of the smoke that took over the whole valley around Prineville near of where we were. This was especially true because the Perseid meteor shower was happening, and I really hoped to see some starry action. This old car recently came to find a home on their property and I did a bit of solo light painting. Luckily I saw a lot of meteors while we were out stargazing, including the one captured in this photo.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Drought at Clear Lake


This is the dramatic look of Clear Lake up on Mt Hood right now. I went up 2 weekends ago and was pretty shocked by the lack of water. The muddy areas pictured are usually covered in water, and even the stumps that appear have been covered in water in the past. Now it is all baking in the sun.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Four Horseman Hotel at the Blue Ridge Mine


Four Horseman Hotel, Blue Ridge Mine, Prineville, Ochoco National Forest, Oregon


As you meander past Highway 26 to the east of Prineville, Oregon you happen upon the old Four Horseman Hotel and Blue Ridge Mine. Rumor has it that the hotel had a mercantile down on the lowest level, and upstairs, bunks for the miners and more notably, a supposed brothel.

Up in the hills behind the hotel are the remains of the mine, which most notably produced mercury. The mine and hotel apparently were founded in or around 1930. The mine itself ran into the late 50's.

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