Quiet Splendor

Returning down Hoctor Road, I was fascinated with the standing wave clouds emanating from the direction of Mount Adams, and then I spotted this seasonal runoff creek.  It seemed to make the perfect counterpoint to the clouds.

A day of driving about following an interview in Goldendale… the light came out, skies were fascinating, and here are just a few images from today’s adventure.

January 26, 2016

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Fog shrouded hills and fields as I drove into Goldendale on Highway 97.

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Random creek thru the fields off Bickleton Highway

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Returning down Hoctor Road, I was fascinated with the standing wave clouds emanating from the direction of Mount Adams, and then I spotted this seasonal runoff creek. It seemed to make the perfect counterpoint to the clouds.

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Nearly the end of the day, a view of Dalles Mountain from Hoctor Road, and the fog returns.

Fire Department Holiday Parade

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December 14, 2015 in Hood River, Oregon

I was driving thru town on my way home across the Columbia, when what did my wondering eyes appear but a sleigh, and 8 big fire department reindeer.  Ok, might not have been 8 exactly, and maybe the reindeer looked a lot like fire trucks, but you get the idea!  They were winding down the hill on old highway 30, so I pulled quickly into the park and ride on the corner of highway 35.  Much to my surprise, the little parade pulled in to the parking lot also, and parked for awhile, and I was able to take some photos.  Which was pretty cool because I had not felt much like taking photos lately!

Enjoy!

Flooding on the White Salmon River

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So much rain, so fast; following a snowfall in the mountains and a pineapple express.  Rivers in the Pacific Northwest are as overwhelmingly full and destructive as the fires of summer this year.  Exacerbated by the erosion caused by the fires, the rivers are full of debri from upriver run off and landslides.

December 9, 2015, I took an afternoon drive up to Trout Lake, with stops in Husum to see the flooded Husum Falls.  Sure enough, with the wild waters and occasional big log, a group of kayaks were running these temporary chocolate milk colored class 5 rapids.

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In Trout Lake, parts of town had flooded as well, although downtown did not get hit with floodwaters as bad as the 1996 floods had caused.  The water level was actually higher this time, but ditches had been improved and there were no piles of snow this time blocking off drainage.

There is a cabin in these photos, home of Perry Stephens.  He said his house is fine so far, although water surrounded it up to the deck level due to a big log jam just above his house that is diverting the flow of the river.

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Last but not least, Here is a rainbow I saw along highway 141 as I traveled up the White Salmon River!

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Solidarity

My heart goes out to the victims families in ‪#‎Paris‬, in ‪#‎Lebanon‬, in ‪#‎Syria‬, , ‪#‎Pakistan‬ , ‪#‎Behrain‬, and in so many other countries in this sad time. Many of us on this side of the world are most familiar with Paris, and we hurt for them following this attack 11-13-2015.   Many more in other countries (such as in Lebanon on 11-12-15) have been killed by terrorists, so many more have become refugees. Huge numbers of refugees are turned away daily from borders around the world; desperate for a place to lay down and be safe.

I have tried hard to keep on adding positive compassionate loving energy into this world, but beyond that I really cannot say I have done anything to change the tide or help. So hard to not feel helpless, and so many in the world seem to want to blame and hate all those who are different. So many Muslims have been suffering at the hands of a few, just as those same few brought great pain to Paris.
At the same time, there is that underlying fear… what if it comes to us, and who can we trust anymore? Mother taught me that everyone has a spark of the Divine with them, just that some people forget and we can help them remember they are good people, by being kind to them.

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These are but a few of the Flags of countries currently suffering.
Starting in the upper left hand corner, and moving
clockwise to the right:

#Myanmar (used to be Burma) (upper left)
#Afghaniston (upper right)
#Bahrain (red and white, zigzag)
#France (blue, white and red bars)
#PanArab (Flag of the Arab Revolt) (lower right)
#Syria (bottom left)
#Iraq (above Syria)
#Pakistan (white crescent moon and star on green)

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Glenwood Aurora

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While the majority of my aurora shots have been from Trout Lake side of Mount Adams, I found this series of shots in my archives that had been forgotten, from Glenwood, WA.  June 1, 2013  Mount Adams still features strongly.  The first two shots were of something I have not experienced any other time; and […]

Prayer For Roseburg

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“Prayer For  Roseburg and UCC”

Tears fall from many… and gather together as one.

Life, ever uncertain,   becomes ever more precious this  night.

Flames of hope and love light    your vigil, as community gathers

to    drive     away    the      anger,  fear and pain.

Or,   at  least,  hold  it  at  bay  for  the moment.

Hands reach out,  hearts across the land open,

spinning love and compassion into rope

to help pull lost hearts to safety.

Gathered, together… all the

tears… to wash clean

the wounds.

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

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For the “Super Blood Moon” event I went with my friend Gary up on Dalles Mountain in hopes of seeing more of the moon coming over the horizon. In hindsite, I am not certain that was quite the case, but it was still a lovely night. Many people were out on the roads last night flocking to favorite locations in hopes of getting “the shot” or seeing what may for some of us be a once in a lifetime experience.
Having watched several lunar eclipses over the years, still it was really different seeing the moon become eclipsed as it was rising over distant hills as the sun set and twilight came on.
Here are a few images, each with its own time stamp. Hope you enjoy!

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