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from the Mt. Hood to Portland, Oregon areas and beyond

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Elowah Falls

I had never visited this gorgeous waterfall before, and I can assure you, I will be going back. The walk is a very easy mile in, and I want to go again on an overcast day to capture the creek downstream with the falls in the background. This day was very bright and sunny. However, the sun was behind the amphitheater that the waterfall drops into, so I just climbed into the wildflowers along the hillside and took advantage of the shadier and more photo-friendly conditions!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Base of a Waterfall

I am a sucker for the constant action at the base of a waterfall. While many people are looking up at the crest where the water comes over the edge, I am busy looking down. The steady crack as the water hits, the mist, and the never-still pool at the bottom are fascinating to me. This is the very end of the water drop of Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Monday, July 22, 2013


I went on my first solo hike since having my son this weekend, and I had such a wonderful time, taking in nature on my own, doing things at my own pace, and taking in the sights without worrying that whomever I may be with is thinking "does she really have to photograph EVERYTHING?" ;)

However, turns out that I was not exactly as alone as I thought I was.

I was getting all lined up to take a photograph, and was doing a final cleansing wipe of my lens before clicking my shutter when I casually glanced to my left and noticed this frog looking back at me. I slowly took my camera off my tripod and leaned in for a quick shot. Then I leaned closer for a second. And even more for a third. He was a brave little guy. I got within a few inches of him to get this final one, which I did not even have to crop because he allowed me to get so close with my macro lens. I thanked him for being so cooperative and went back to lining up the shot I had originally been working on. When I was all done, I checked and he was still hanging out on the mossy rocks, just hanging out. I enjoyed having the little buddy for the time while I was there!

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