Archive for April 2012

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The iconic flower of Pacific Northwest’s dry east side, Arrowleaf Balsamroot.  This is from a very recent foray out to the east side of the Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington side.  The hike is Catherine Creek.

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Posted April 28, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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The tulip’s curves, especially when decorated with spring’s jewelry, and in pink, is so sensual and beautiful, sometimes it just leaves me amazed. These are growing just outside my door, and were greeted with a shower upon reaching their perfect state of bloom.

Posted April 28, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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From the recent Painted Hills trip, a couple abstract close-ups that imply I was NOT in a desert.  Actually, the Painted Hills are in a semi-arid area that receives significant amounts of rainfall at times.  In fact, the week I was there some flash-flooding took place in a few drainages where thunderstorms parked overhead for more time than the soil could handle. The weather was cool and Spring-like, with the constant threat that clouds were going to shut your picture-taking down, but with the promise also of providing dramatic skies.  That’s just the sort of weather we photographers love.

Posted April 27, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Two images from the Painted Hills area, one is a weathery dusk when I arrived; other is the country around Mitchell. Spring is the best time to visit this region in my opinion. During the 3 nights I spent camping there, the weather was somewhat wild, which combined to shut me out on some occasions, and provide dramatic skies on others.

Posted April 26, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Caught some nice late light in the Columbia Gorge yesterday: top image from Dog Mtn, WA; bottom from Cascade Locks as the light faded away. Thunderstorms were abrewin’ over the mountains after another warm day. The light was very strange, sort of warm but not, a result of the warm, moist air & thunder heads moving into very dry air I think. Then the clouds became dramatic, as I suspected they might. 

Posted April 24, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Fog and rain yesterday on Mt Hood, so I stopped on the way home from Painted Hills to get pictures of a radically different environment from the dry east side where the Painted Hills are.  I was soaked and chilled to the bone, and the camera damp, by the time I finished.  Actually the 100% humidity finally made my camera say uncle and it stopped working properly.  So I quit and set about drying out.

Posted April 20, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Hiked the Clackamas River trail and found a new friend, a newt. Though we headed to the spectacular Pup Creek Falls, this smaller falls turned out to be prettier. I might have found a new human friend as well.

Posted April 20, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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My old stomping grounds, Painted Hills in Ore. Top image is sunrise and bottom the previous night when the skies cleared for the stars. I love this star image because it captures not only Venus in all its glory, but the sky’s brightest star Sirius (low left peeking out), Orion & Taurus, plus the Pleides.  Mercury is also visible but here is behind the cloud near the horizon.  A gorgeous night sky.  I’ve been having some weather, which has kept me hanging around waiting for that perfect clearing sky at sunset.  Sunrise is difficult since the atmosphere typically settles down and the sky clears during the night.

Posted April 18, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Camped in Columbia Hills last night, and it was Moody when I woke. Last I spent time here, nothing but grassland and wild horses. That was 7 or 8 years ago. Now, it’s a mass of wind turbines covering the hillsides. I guess everything has its price, including green energy.

Posted April 16, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Two vibrant shots from some time ago, one sunrise, one sunset, both within a 45 min. drive from Portland, OR. The top image is a sunrise at one of Portland’s best natural areas, Smith & Bybee Lakes. It’s a great place for peaceful walking and birding, as well as kayaking and canoeing. The bottom is a sunset taken from the top of Angel’s Rest, looking across the foothills of the Cascades in SW Washington. Angel’s Rest is a short drive away from me in the western Columbia River Gorge, perched high up on the Oregon side of the river. The hike is short but steep and takes about an hour to an hour and a half to ascend to the viewpoint.  

Posted April 11, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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