May Day dawned with the decision to head to the hills again for the first time in far too long.
I finally achieved escape velocity after various errands. A short stop in Trout Lake, a side trip to the Ice caves (with no ice left!!) and then on my way up the 23 road. Thanks to my niece Kate I was able to stay overnight, which is rare these days. I spent most of the time at Takhlakh Lake relaxing. No snow left, and already several campers. Camping is free until the end of May, so it is a great time to be there. No Mosquitoes yet either, thank heavens. here are a few quick saves while I download a lot of photos… Most of these will get more attention later on, these are mostly all unprocessed, which means dust bunnies are rampant since I need to clean my camera badly! Thanks for coming by!
This time of year is such a delight for photographers, and we bustle about in rain or sun to capture the changing seasons. For me the smell of rain after a long dry summer filled with wildfires is a glorious treasure. Watching mushrooms pop up out of the formerly dry ground, and mosses turn brilliant greet, is always a treat.
Lower Falls on the Lewis River is a place full of happy childhood memories. Where as most people who go there are most familiar with this viewpoint and the nearby campground, I remember a time this campground was brand new and small, and very few people came this way. 90 road did not go all the way through back then, and upriver aways there was another campground that is now inaccessible by car. The old Sheep Bridge Camp was our family hangout. Mom was fond of saying that I camped there even BEFORE I was born. To get to this falls we would have to climb and wade downriver on the other side, and it could only really be done safely in lower water times. As an adolescent I was already wading across this river in many places, with a walking stick bracing me against the rugged current, and water up to my chest. I proudly followed my Daddy everywhere, even places Mom did not go herself. Of course my Mom was 45 when I was born, and now that I am dealing with arthritis myself I understand better why she did not rush into the icy water as quickly as I did! Dad had it made… he just wore his chest waders.
Happy days, peaceful nights… sometimes we would camp for a couple of weeks at a time up in this paradise. More often we hiked upriver to the Middle Falls, or across the old Sheep Bridge (before the ends were pulled off for supposed safety considerations), up the trail to the Lewis River trail to the Upper Falls. When the 90 road started getting built on through to connect the Lower Falls with the 23 road to make a big loop, it tore up this gorgeous deep forest trail, so we walked up the road part way and then down the hill through the trees to Lower Falls. One time several of us found our way through the woods above the Upper Falls and discovered yet another waterfall which we simply dubbed the “Upper Upper Falls”. We used a rope to climb down to the river to fish. Dad and I wandered downriver to stand in the middle of the river leaning on the huge rock that has been at the top of Upper Falls for many years, where we could look over this lovely waterfall from the top, for the first time. Things sure looked different from that point of view.
As the years went on, and my brothers and sisters had child after child, the camps grew bigger and bigger, until there would be wonderful times when the campground was full of the Black and Kyte families, and kids with bikes made trails through the woods and campground. I miss those days so much… when our home was on the Lewis.
Mid October brought some marvelous color. These are print quality images, and if you click on the individual photos it will take you to a print purchasing site. I can also get metal prints, canvas or thinwrap images ready to hang on the wall, from 5 x 7″ up to 30 x 45″ sizes of most any image, and those can be ordered directly through myself via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . A price list for different mediums can be found here, and I do run specials often so keep your eyes open! You can also think about possible Cluster images, and more info on that is in this link for Clusters, Splits and triptych
These next 5 images are different versions of Sleeping Beauty on a lovely October 9 morning following the Aurora display during the night, seen from along Trout Lake Creek, Trout Lake, Washington. Click on your fave to see it on my Print Purchasing site
Farther downstream a lovely step by step falls cascades down in a lovely location above the bridge on the Mount Adams Highway.
I have prints hanging at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon through October, and North Shore Clinic and the Hospital as well
This is such a colorful month! Here are some moments from the month so far that I enjoyed tremendously and want to share. There will be more in future pages! Thank you for coming to see, and please send your friends.
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