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Friday, August 6, 2010

Frog Lake

When I was a kid we would often visit Frog Lake. Its a fairly small lake, but used to have just hundreds and hundreds of tiny frogs. Their bodies were no bigger than a thumbnail. I did not see any frogs during a recent walk around the lake. But it may be too late in the season. I hope so. I would hate to think of it as No-Frog Lake :(

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Remains of the old highway to Mt Hood

Time for a short history lesson, folks ;)

Back in the woods near the Little Zig Zag Falls trailhead are two of these ornate concrete bridge rails. The sign nearby tells how before current day Hwy 26 was built, this was the route to get up the mountain.

People traveling to Mt Hood had almost as hard of a ride as the pioneers. The Mt Hood Highway was built on part of the Barlow Trail and was muddy, treturous, and very hard to navigate. Cars would often slide off the side of the road. This historic bridge is a small part that still remains of the route. Later in the 1950's, the current Hwy 26 was built 1/2 mile south of this location.

I love the little parts of history that still can be found up in the Mt Hood forest. There are really old sights to see, such as wagon train ruts and pioneer graves, as well as the newer things like this one.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Little Zig Zag Falls

A new favorite picture that I have taken recently. Last weekend I visited the Mt Hood area, and this was one of the sites we visited. Little Zig Zag Falls is an easy to access waterfall. You take a short hike through thick, gorgeous woods along the rushing Little Zig Zag River until you reach this opening in the trees. The spray makes the air cool.

I've been practicing taking water photos with an slow shutter speed to capture the movement. I was not equiped with my tripod on this attempt, but I think it still turned out gorgeous!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Little Crater Lake II


I posted about visiting Little Crater Lake last year. Its a small lake, but a deep one. Its about 45 ft deep, and the bottom is littered with fallen trees. Photographs do not do it justice. I visited it again this past weekend. It was the most intense blue I have ever seen it. The blue sky reflecting off the water made this already amazing place even more unbelievable!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cute Caterpiller

I love little worms and caterpillers like this. While some people might be grossed out by them, I think they are interesting. I always try to envision what they might look like after they have changed to a beautiful moth or butterfly!