“Clouds can dim the light of life,
But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. ”
❤️ This image from November 2 Is fascinating to me. It’s such a mishmash! I took this at a local Schreiners wild animal farm near Lyle, Washington, with my phone.
I was on my way to The Dalles for a slideshow about a new book “Ever Wild” by Darryl Lloyd, with stories, photos, history in geology etc. about Mount Adams. I got distracted by a sunset.
On the way into the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, I had to stop for one more picture.
By the way, here is the cover of the beautiful new book, and if you click on it it will open the website about the book.
Backyard Baby And Mama Deer.
White Salmon, Washington sunset last week, lovely Mt. Hood in the distance across the mighty Columbia River in Oregon.
another recent sunset in Trout Lake, Washington
Amazing old fashioned grapes 🍇 at my brothers place, on their way to become canned grape juice. They smelled heavenly!
Aspen trees in Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, Washington.
Columbia River Gorge is finally getting good fall colors. I have really been noticing beautiful yellow Oak trees this year!
The green patch is part of Dickey’s Farm in Bingen, Washington.
A few recent shots to share with you from last weekend. This first one of the helicopter dipping in the turtle pond is during the recent Memaloose #2 Fire on the Oregon hills along the Columbia River between Mosier and Rowena. The fire was in mop up the last few days which has been a slow process because of the steep terrain and cliffs. Evacuations have all been dropped and the fire was knocked down.
By the way there’s no smoke in the picture because I’m looking south away from the fire.
I started out the morning on top of the world. At least that was the name of the aid station along the route of marathon set up by the Columbia Gorge running club. I had the pleasure of running radio communications at aid station two. My view included a glimpse to the north of Underwood Mountain in Washington state.
The Marathon started here:
On my way up the hill to my station it was misting/raining lately which was so refreshing after a long dry spell. Did not amount to much but it sure felt good. It also provided me with a rainbow. A great start to a beautiful day.
Here comes one of the runners through the aid station.
The end of the 50k
it really was the top of the world, and this is even on the way back down
This next image was taken After the race, Clear across the valley. Looking across the Hood River Valley towards the west and Binn Hill from Fir hill area on the east side of Hood River Valley.
Driving up over the hills and down the valleys to Mosier and upstate road I stopped and took the first photo of the helicopter picking up water. Along the way I stopped to take the photo of the tree because it grabbed my attention.
Here was the view of the backside of Memaloose #2 fire, although this iPhone shot doesn’t capture much. To the far right of the red circle there is smoke and a burned area that has come up over the hill from the north. Fortunately it did not spread much more than this.
After I watch the helicopter I drove back down to the freeway and up to the Dalles and back down to the Lyle rest area where I took a few more photos.
I visited the Klickitat River which is very murky from the glacial run off.
I even found a place to park out of the way somewhere and slept in my car because I knew I was too tired to drive home.
The next morning I stopped and grabbed a couple more shots from the Lyle rest area, happy to see that the fire across the river had calmed down considerably
I chatted with some tourists at the rest area and gave them plenty of information on my way to work at the Mt. Adams Chamber visitor center in White Salmon, Washington. Just doing my job!
“What a joy it is
to feel the soft, springy
earth under my feet once more,
to follow grassy roads
to ferny brooks
where I can bathe my fingers
in a cataract of rippling
~ Helen Keller
My journey continue today after the previous post with a walk at Catherine Creek. It was truly so pleasant, and I took the opportunity to play in the grass quite frequently :-). I felt such a peaceful simple joy laying in the grass, in the sunshine.
Bingen Point and Marina last week at the end of the day, peaceful, refreshing, with a semi-common type of Standing Wave Cloud bridge across the Columbia River just East of Bingen, Washington. We get these several times a year, sometimes rough edged like this, and sometimes smooth clean edged formations. There can be a few of them on occasion, with space between. Each row, or bridge, forms like the froth or smooth roll of water at the top of each wave, as tho the winds are like the waves of the ocean.
Today I’ve been sorting through old photos in my hard drives, and came across this series that I took in January 2011. I had so much fun wandering around in the icy conditions with my friends. I thought I would share the ones I got processed :-). I thought they were pretty cool, pun intended. This is in southern Washington.
Catherine Creek Falls has such a great flow in the winter. Notice the ice on the cliffs 🙂
Soon after sunrise at Catherine Creek. On this image I actually used filter on my lens that belonged to a friend. Now I can’t even recall exactly what it was called but it sure made things look pretty 🙂
If you look in the menu on my blog post, you can click on the photo galleries link to go to my SmugMug photo gallery.
Just this week alone there have been several remarkable sunset. Since the last post I have chased a couple more in White Salmon, Washington. Funny, I use the term “chased the sunset” as a gauge to how I am doing…or chasing clouds… If I do not say that for awhile, it is time to examine my priorities and take better care of myself!
June 18, 2016, on foot, walking the streets near home looking for a clear view for Mount Hood and the sweet standing wave clouds.
Same day, a drive up on a hill gave me this view of the Columbia River Gorge at sunset.
June 19th I was busy in the house and looked out the window and ran out into the street to catch these shots at the twilight hour.