Plan B   3 comments

A colorful sunset decorates the winding Columbia River, as viewed from Larch Mountain, Oregon.

A colorful sunset decorates the winding Columbia River, as viewed from Larch Mountain, Oregon.

The alternative, the plan B: what a wonderful aspect of life.  I’m not talking necessarily about the planned-for plan B.  I think it is much more fun to either stumble upon a plan B or come up with one on the fly.  Both happened over the past couple of days when I went out to get late-day photographs.

A vibrant dusk descends on the Columbia River, viewed from Larch Mountain, Oregon.

A vibrant dusk descends on the Columbia River, viewed from Larch Mountain, Oregon.

I am dealing with an injury, so have been hanging around the house a lot.  But the pain is not so much that I can’t force myself to go out for sunset pictures.  On Easter Sunday I headed up to Larch Mountain, which is a mountain near Portland where I live.  I have blogged about this place before.  The view from the top is sublime, and it promised to be a  gorgeous sunset.  It also was destined to be a great example of stumbling upon a plan B.

 On the way up I noticed a few snow patches.  Then I rounded a bend and came upon the closed gate I had been worried about.  The Forest Service had not opened the road yet!  I turned around in utter disappointment and headed back down.  The forest is thick on Larch Mtn., and so views are very hard to come by.  But looking off to the right and seeing an opening, I reacted and whipped over to a wide spot along the shoulder.  With not much time before sunset, I walked into the woods and entered the clearcut I had spotted from the road.

The Columbia River in Oregon is peaceful at sunset.

The Columbia River in Oregon is peaceful at sunset.

Clearcuts are common in the Pacific Northwest.  Loggers still use this extremely destructive form of harvest, and I always feel sad when I see them.  But in this case it was a blessing.  I was able to walk the dirt tracks made by the trucks until I found a place with a view west over the Columbia River.  Climbing atop a large stump, I shot out over forest below me, and the shots above are the result.

A pile dike stretches out into the lower Columbia River in Oregon as dusk deepens.

A pile dike stretches out into the lower Columbia River in Oregon as dusk deepens.

Then yesterday I headed out to the Columbia River Gorge.  But the clouds were much too thick up in the Gorge, so I stopped not far in and wondered what to shoot.  Just then the sun peeked out from the clouds to the west, and I walked west toward it.  Stumbling along the riverbank, I finally came to a spot where a pile dike (row of wood pilings sticking out into the river) made a nice foreground for a sunset shot.

There was one problem however.  I could not get a clear view of the sunset because of all the brush along the river bank.  So I came up with a plan B on the fly.  I quickly shucked my shoes and socks, rolled up my pants, and waded out into the water.  Brrrr!  I was reminded that the Columbia is mostly made up of snow-melt this time of year.  I was able to wade far enough out to capture the images here.  A pleasant surprise was a sea lion, who was cruising the area for dinner (image below).

A seal cruises the lower Columbia River in Oregon at sunset.

A sea lion cruises the lower Columbia River in Oregon at sunset.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.  Simply click on the images for access to high-res. versions suitable for framing.  Once you are there, click the appropriate tab for purchase options.  Remember these are copyrighted and not available for free download.  Sorry.  If you have any questions or comments you don’t want to put on the blog post, please contact me.  Thanks very much.

A peaceful dusk descends along the lower Columbia River in Oregon.

A peaceful dusk descends along the lower Columbia River in Oregon.

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3 responses to “Plan B

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  1. Sorry to hear about your injury… Breathtaking sunsets! Especially the last one, Wow!

  2. You have a real talent, friend!

  3. Wonderful images.

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