Archive for April 2011

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Beautiful rainbow today on the way back from the barn.  It was a cool (some would say cold for end of April) day with a lot of threats of rain but very little of it.  And of course at the end of the day, after a gentle shower as the sun shone just above the western horizon (we used to say the devil was beating his wife when the sun and rain coincided), a gorgeous sky plus a bonus rainbow appeared.  I stopped at the little settlement of Springwater, which is near the Clackamas River, on the other side from Estacada.  It’s a peaceful place, and it was especially so this afternoon late. 

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Posted April 29, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Went cross-country skiing today up at Mount Hood, for the first time in quite awhile.  I didn’t know if I would get to do this again, let alone in mid-winter conditions.  It’s the end of April, and I was just a few hours ago in the heaviest snow of the year.  Amazing.  I broke trail, but the snow got so heavy and deep it became quite a trudge – that is until I turned my skis downhill over the trail I had created.  Then it was pure sweetness, kicking and gliding at speed.  A few long and fast tele turns down the beginner Summit Ski Area at Government Camp, and it was all over too quickly.

Posted April 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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The merganser pair I watched at the base of South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Ore.  They never stopped moving, and never got more than a yard or so apart.  Hate to say it girls, but she always followed him, never the opposite.

Posted April 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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South Falls at Silver Falls State Park, filled to brimming with the recent rains we’ve had.  It’s so much like winter now, I’m just going to give up and go skiing tomorrow or next day (maybe both days).  I watched two mergansers frolic in the pool here.

Posted April 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Behind North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.

Posted April 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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On the drive down to Silver Falls, a beautiful state park in the foothills of the Cascades east of Salem, Oregon, beautiful farms around every bend.  I went hiking in the park that is known for its many gorgeous waterfalls, through typical lush Oregon forest.  The trail loops past numerous thundering waterfalls, traversing huge lava-rock overhangs behind many of the cascades.

Posted April 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This afternoon, after visiting my babies (horses) at the barn, I ended the day strolling around the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in southeast Portland.  One of several red blooms just starting near this small waterfall, I think it’s brilliant color is due to the fine mist filling the air in this grotto.

Posted April 26, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Another showery day, and it really got gray and the rain came down through the greater part of the afternoon.  But of course, as so many days do in the Pacific Northwest, once the sun got low enough, clouds partly cleared off and a glorious scene unfolded.  Since I was at the barn, I caught it.  Here you see the horses rapidly leaving the scene as word spreads that it’s time to get fed.  Not a one of those stupid animals turned around to see the gorgeous rainbow which graced their pasture.

Posted April 26, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A great day at the barn.  Today was a little wild weather-wise, with strong showers and cool weather, but brilliant sunshine for brief moments as well.  The barn where my horses are kept is about 1/2 hour from southeast Portland, near Estacada, Oregon.  I spent the afternoon there, working with both of them in the arena while the rain (and some hail) came down, then riding my mare, Gold Dancer, when the sun came out.  These photos are of barn horses right after they were let out into the pasture late in the day.  At this barn, they are normally out in the pasture, even over night in warmer weather.  But if the weather is stormy, and the horses don’t express any interest in going out in the morning, they stay in their stalls.  What a concept, let the horses decide.  When they bust out, they go crazy for 10 or 15 minutes, running, kicking and rolling in the springtime mud (or grass if you’re a glass half-full type of person).  It makes me want to do the same.

Posted April 25, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Yesterday I took a hike up in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, at a favorite place in the spring when the flowers are beginning to bloom: Catherine Creek.  The yellow desert parsley and other blooms made much of the grassy hillsides yellow, and the mountain bikers outnumbered the hikers in the area around “Coyote Wall”.  This is a dramatic tilted escarpment on the Washington side of the Gorge near the town of Lyle, across the river and east of Hood River, Oregon.  It’s a place I’ve mountain biked before, but this time I was just hiking with my uncle, taking photos of the bikers.  This woman was on a new bike, so was a bit shy about going too fast.

Posted April 25, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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