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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Face in Moulton Falls


I was looking to leave the Mt Hood area for a day trip and found Moulton Falls online. When I decided to travel about 20 minutes west of Battle Ground, Washington, I was not sure what to expect from the waterfall I had read about. Upon my arrival at the park, I had a bit of an adventure navigating the volcanic rock formations along the Lewis River to find a decent vantage point in which to take a photo of the falls. I finally settled on a perch on a rock that poked out somewhat above the crazy canyon that the water violently flows through and snapped away. Let me tell you, it is an experience and a sight to be had.

Upon getting home and uploading the photo, I noticed that the rock in the center of the turbulent water resembles a lions face. Do you see it?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Lewis River Reflections



I love venturing outside of my regular Mt Hood area and finding unique, beautiful locations. This place definitely did not disappoint. Wow. It is SO pretty at Moulton Falls Park. Located about 15 miles outside of Battle Ground, Washington, the 387 acre park is amazing! The lush wilderness runs along the Lewis River, and the leaves are just starting to change. Once you reach the river, you come to this gorgeous footbridge crossing. I took the approximately 10 second long exposure to show how slow the water travels along this stretch of river. However, about 1/4 mile downstream is the very violent Moulton Falls, which I will post later this week. Visit if you can, because it is so worth it.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Milky Way Above



As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to Central Oregon this past weekend. I had two photo goals. The first was the sunset, which I posted about on Monday. The second was to capture the stars!

I have only recently even tried my hand at taking any night photography. This photo is my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way, and I was pretty excited with the results. Not to shabby for a first try, I think. I can't wait to try again!

Update: Per request, here are the camera settings I used:

lens 18-55
18 mm focal length
f /5.6
25 second exposure
3200 ISO

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Twilight over the Cascade Range



I visited family in Central Oregon this past weekend, and had two goals. The first was to take the sun going down over the Cascade mountain range, which can be seen boldly overlooking the flat grasslands. This photo was taken between Prineville and Bend, Oregon. The mountains peaks pictured from left to right are Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Three Sisters.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mt Hood Panorama from Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain


Sometimes I do take a photo that I love so much I cant help but want to offer it to others. I had this experience this past week.

I did the short walk up to Sherrard Point at Larch Mountain with my son, my Mom, and our family's new puppy Trillium this past weekend. The view was surprisingly still crisp and gorgeous, despite the smoke to the west from the 36 Pit Fire that is still burning outside of Estacada, Oregon. I captured this gorgeous landscape panorama of Mt Hood and her surrounding foothills, and decided I liked it enough to later emblazon it with one of my favorite quotes -- "The Mountains Are Calling and So I Must Go" -- and have it printed in a series of three 11x17 prints to display in my home. And then I thought, hey, maybe others will like it too?!

I have had pretty steady success in the past when selling on Etsy. So I put it up there and happily within 24 hours already made one sale. So if you are interested, please visit my Etsy page at http://etsy.me/1uVpdtq to check out these prints as well as the others I have up for sale. And thank you for looking!

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