Welcome to Hood Photography, featuring photos from the Mt. Hood to Portland, Oregon areas and beyond!

Follow Hood Photography

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stars over Doug's Beach


I have never really tried night photography. I simply was not equipped with a camera that was able to handle the settings needed to do an exposure of the stars. However, I upgraded my camera this past spring, and was out at night this weekend. The stars above were hard to resist, so I set up my tripod and played around a bit. This is the first attempt at a starry sky photo. Granted, it was very, very windy where I was at. There was a Super Moon out and I was not in the middle of the boonies by any stretch of the imagination so there was a lot of light. Not ideal for shooting the skies. But I already can tell it is going to be something I am going to try again and again in better conditions! Watch out night skies, I have my eye on you!

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On: 
Share the Joy
Favorite Things
Little Things
Skywatch
Friday Finds
Friday Photo Journal
Photo Story Friday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire



An over 3500 acre wildfire took over the hillsides just east of Rowena, Oregon on Tuesday of last week. People in about 150 homes around the blaze were evacuated, and one home was actually destroyed.

On Friday night I headed out with my camera to capture the beginning day of the "Super Moon" and found myself heading east through the gorge, crossing the Columbia River and ending up at Doug's Beach outside of Lyle, Washington directly across from the fire area. I took this long exposure to show the many hot spots on the hillside above the cars along I-84, which at the point that this photo was taken was only 35% contained. Later at home when I downloaded the photo, I noticed the shooting star streaking across the sky directly above the hill, and hoped that it was a sign of sorts that the worst of the blaze would soon be over. Fortunately, I was right because the evacuation of most of the area residents has been lifted and those people have been able to return to their homes.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!
Outdoor Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday
Water World Weds

Image-in-ing  (WW)
Create With Joy (WW)
My Little Drummer Boys (WW)
Aquariann (WW)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Late Summer Mt. St. Helens


I visited Mt St Helens yesterday with family. I had not been in a few years, and am always amazed at the destruction that is displayed, and on the opposite hand, the regeneration of the area. Trees are growing again, the grounds are covered in greenery and wildflowers. It is a truly breathtaking sight.

It was a very hot August, clear sky day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday, and the Indian Paintbrush and other plants were very dry.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On:
Scenic Weekends
Sundays in my City
Inspire Me Monday

Mandarin Orange Monday 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thunderhead


On Saturday we spent the day at Frog Lake up on Mt Hood. There were some crazy big thunderhead clouds a ways away, but the skies above us were clear blue. We occasionally heard a very distant rumble of thunder that never reached our area.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On: 
Share the Joy
Favorite Things
Little Things
Skywatch
Friday Finds
Friday Photo Journal
Photo Story Friday

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dusk over Trillium Lake


I do not visit Trillium Lake as much as I used to. There are just way too many people. Only a few years back, you could go for the day to sit on the bank and fish and enjoy the peacefulness that the mountain lake had to offer with a handful of other groups of people doing the same thing. Then they did some pretty major construction on the south side of the lake where the dam is, creating a large bank for people to hang out for the day. Sounds nice, but it made the crowds explode. There were hundreds of people crowded into the dam area at the small lake this past weekend when I visited for the first time of the year, and we only spent a short time before moving on to another lake. We prefer quieter outdoor experiences. I did return at dusk and captured this much more peaceful moment as the sun went down in the west.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!
Outdoor Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday
Water World Weds
Create With Joy (WW)
My Little Drummer Boys (WW)
Aquariann (WW)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Frog Lake Frog


When I was a kid, my family would frequent Frog Lake every summer. It was and still is such a great place to spend the day. It is one of the less popular lakes up in the Mt Hood National Forest, which means it is less crowded -- a definite perk.

Back in the day when we went, the entire shoreline was littered with tiny dime sized frogs. You had to be very careful not to step on them as you walked around. The past few times I have visited, I didn't see even one frog, which was very disappointing. But I was up there this past weekend and there were quite a few! Yay!!! It was a challenge chasing them around with my camera to get a good macro shot of one of them, but this guy stopped just long enough for me to snap my shutter before he hopped away.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On:
Scenic Weekends
Camera Critters

Sundays in my City
Macro Monday
I Heart Macro
MakroMontag
Inspire Me Monday

Friday, August 1, 2014

Washington Lily



One of these years I am going to get my permit from the Mt Hood Forest Service to dig plants and bring them home with me to plant in my garden. I would love my yard to host some of the naturally found flora that I come across when I am in the woods, including this gorgeous Washington Lily. It's large white flower has always been one of my favorites.


Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On:
Friday Finds
Friday Photo Journal
Fertilizer Friday
Photo Story Friday
Today's Flowers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunrise over the Columbia River



Two weeks ago I posted about being up to capture the sunrise over the weekend. This is another shot I took the same day, a few minutes later after the sun had risen above Government Island and it's light reflected in the waters of the Columbia River.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On: 
Share the Joy
Favorite Things
Little Things
Skywatch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waters of Timothy Lake


One of the most prominent features of Timothy Lake are the stumps. The lake was created when the Timothy Lake Dam was built in 1956 to regulate the waters of the Oak Grove Fork Clackamas River. The remains of the long ago forest can still be seen in the clear waters along the banks.

Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!


Shared On:
Outdoor Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday
Water World Weds
Create With Joy (WW)
My Little Drummer Boys (WW)
Aquariann (WW)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Curve of a Creek



This is Still Creek. It is not the most appropriately named creek in the Mt Hood National Forest, as it has many many rapids and curves such as this one.


Follow Hood Photography on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks!