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Wild flowers are blooming in the forests around my home town, Portland, Oregon.  And the yards in the neighborhood are a riot of colors and smells too.  Everything looks like late Spring, though it feels more like early season.  Cool and a lot wetter than normal, but enough sun to get things going in a big way.  I’ve also been hearing some familiar bird song lately, such as the yellow warbler, yellowthroat and goldfinch.  Sounds nice, like hearing the voices of a group of friends you haven’t seen for a long time.

This photo was grabbed as I did a quick hike out in the Columbia Gorge.  Angel’s Rest is an old standby, mainly because it is the closest hike to the east side of town where I live, and it doesn’t take too long to do.  And even though it’s only about 4 miles or so in length, a stiff climb is involved, with a grand view of the Columbia and its Gorge from the top.  I raced out there on my bike, hiked most of it in “exercise mode”, and wound my way back on the historic highway.  A fun ride, with tight curves engineered by the CCC, and in a time when cut and fill wasn’t done on such a massive scale as on modern roads.  Today as well, I got the three lenses I had repaired & cleaned at Canon.  I sure missed them, but being forced to shoot at only telephoto focal lengths inspired some creativity.  But it’s wide angle tomorrow baby!

Posted May 18, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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