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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Rusty Car at Dalles Mountain Ranch

Rusty Car at Dalles Mountain Ranch, Columbia Hills State Park, Washington

The Dalles Mountain Ranch is one of those locations that has exploded in popularity in the past two years or so. I went there a year or two ago with my brother and we did not see another soul. This year when I visited it was really busy. I had to wait my turn to take a photo of the infamous "rusted car", which lives on a hillside amongst the balsamroot and lupine. The challenge was trying to get a composition that has not been done a bunch of times by the other hoards of photographers that have visited. I hope I accomplished my goal.

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Shared On: Outdoor Wednesday; Wordless Wednesday; Aquariann (WW); Favorite Things; Little Things; Skywatch; Friday Finds; Weekly Top Shot

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bee on Balsamroot

Macro Bee on Balsamroot ©www.hoodphotography.com

The balsamroot is in full bloom in the Columbia River Gorge, and the bees are loving it! Balsamroot, AKA "Oregon Sunflower", is abundant this time of year in the drier areas of the eastern end of the gorge near The Dalles, and the hillsides on both the Oregon and Washington side of the river have distinct yellow splashes of color across them from the fields full of blooms.

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Shared On:Camera Critters; Monday Mellow Yellows; Macro Monday; I Heart Macro; MakroMontag; Inspire Me Monday; Good. Random. Fun.; Our World; Sweet Shot Tuesday

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rainbow over the Oregon Coast

rainbow over Newport, Oregon coast ©www.hoodphotography.com

I have to credit my Mom for this photo opp, as she pointed the rainbow that formed in the sky out over the coastline just north of where we were standing. I would have missed it completely! I am a sucker for a good rainbow, and the environment in which this pretty little splash of color decided to make its brief appearance could not be beat!

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Shared On: Outdoor Wednesday; Wordless Wednesday; Aquariann (WW); Favorite Things; Little Things; Skywatch; Friday Finds; Weekly Top Shot

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon - ©www.hoodphotography.com

The Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon is one of the most recognizable spans of Highway 101. I took this shot from the slightly less photographed southwestern angle, vs. from downtown Newport, which can be seen in the distance on the other side of the bay.

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Shared On: Nature Notes; Water World Weds; Watery Wednesday; Image-in-ing (WW); Create With Joy (WW); WWByDavid

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone macro ©www.hoodphotography.com

Isn't this such a pretty little example of sea life? These little anenomes were so small. They varied between the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. The range in colors in their tentacles was just so beautiful, I just could not resist kneeling down on to the damp rocks around the tidepools to get a macro photo of them.

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Shared On: Macro Monday; I Heart Macro; MakroMontag; Inspire Me Monday; Good. Random. Fun.; Our World; Sweet Shot Tuesday