FebruMay Day

ahhh, the wildflowers are blooming like crazy… they didn’t get the memo about winter being here until late March!
Catherine Creek Universal Access Area along Old Highway 8 near Lyle, WA is a wonderful ever changing place when spring hits… even if spring comes in February.  Recent walks out around the paved handicap access trail in the sunshine that had a sharp bit of cold bite led to the discovery of fields of Grass Widows blooming, along with saxifrage varieties, Gold Stars, Prairie Stars, Columbia (purple) Desert Parsley as well as the yellow Desert Parsley.  Pretty exciting!  I will do another post soon with the wildflower closeups, but for this one i wanted to focus on this amazing beautiful day, February 22, 2015

For More information on the wildflower called Grass Widows click here

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Rowena Fire 2014 UPDATED

UPDATE Aug 9:  The fire was listed as 55 % contained this morning, with 3,565 acres total.  I believe that 3 houses burned and my thought and prayers are with the families, but grateful no lives were lost.  3 other structures burned as well.  All evacuations were dropped to Level 1 and people could return to their homes with caution.  Mopping up and burn outs continue and lets hope that wind does not kick back up hard!  So far so good.  I am adding a small collection of images to the first gallery showing what I could see Friday evening.  Some of these fire images have been shown on news like KGW, and I was contacted by CBS in New York about using an image for their coverage of this fire. I am so appreciative of our Firefighter heros that worked so hard in such dangerous condiitions!  Also,  for those who are so broken hearted about the destruction of nature… I have watched several areas now recover following fire and wildflowers will come back better than ever.  Many of the trees have not been killed, just charred on the edges, and will recover.  Dead falls have been cleaned up which will help with pest problems and future fire hazard.  Poison Oak and Ticks might even get slowed down briefly!  Animals and birds for the most part will have moved out of range of fire, and new grass will grow in better than before providing improved grazing for deer and elk.  You will be amazed in a year or three how quickly many things will return.

Original Post:   Rowena Fire started in the switchbacks along Historic Highway 30 just to the East of Rowena Crest in the Columbia Gorge, and just west of the town of Rowena, Oregon.  First spotted August 5th at 9:15 pm, and Showing up in force August 6, the fire rapidly grew in the next 24 hours to 2,600 acres, and then to 3,372 acres by the morning of August 8.  Currently (Aug 8) there are 659 personnel fighting this fire, with 6 Helicopters dumping water on the fire and many Fire engines are used around the perimeter. 740 residences are threatened by the fire in Rowena and the Chenowith area.  Back burning operations have begun between Rowena and The Dalles.

This short timelapse video is a video speeded up to 16x speed and a few still photographs added in… no sound only the images.   Just click on the link from this sentence.

Here is a gallery of the Photographs taken August 6 in the evening Click on an image to see it larger, and use arrows to see the rest of the images.

Some of my better images will also be in the Wildfire gallery on my SmugMug website.  Go there by clicking on this link for wildfire gallery where they can also be purchased.

Thank you for your visit.  I have always been fascinated with documenting area Wildfires as you can see in the Wildfire Gallery Link which will open in a new tab.

Even more complete collection of local wildfire images can be seen on my Flickr Page here showing several photo albums from different Fires.  Click on this link to go to my Flickr Wildfire Collection and it will open in a new tab in your browser.

From Fire to Ice, Returning to the Klickitat River

I recently posted about my Fire calendar, and now I finally processed more of last weeks Ice extravaganza.  There are previous ice posts as well/

These images are from December 10 when the area was hovering above and below 0 deg F for awhile.  Highly unusual and amazing… even the birds were confused.

Click on an Image and then use the arrows to scroll through larger images. 

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a page out of the new 4th edition of the Trout Lake and Beyond coffee table book.  Click on the image to learn more about all my photo products.

a page out of the new 4th edition of the Trout Lake and Beyond coffee table book. Click on the image to learn more about all my photo products.

Klickitat River covered in Ice

 

Klickitat River on December 10 in the afternoon as things were warming up.

Klickitat River on December 10 in the afternoon as things were warming up.

 

Ducks or Geese out on the ice wondering where their swimming pool went!

Ducks or Geese out on the ice wondering where their swimming pool went!

 

 

Upriver from the double bridges in Lyle, Washington there is a park with paved walking trails down to this viewpoint.

Upriver from the double bridges in Lyle, Washington there is a park with paved walking trails down to this viewpoint.

 

 

Ice glowed eerily in the light of sunset.

Ice glowed eerily in the light of sunset as temps once more dropped to freezing after a warmer day than we had seen in a week of below freezing temps.  On December 7 it was -3 deg in some spots in the area! 

 

In the next few days my next shipment of calendars will be arriving, and the first run will get sent out to the folks who have prepaid and are waiting patiently.  I will let you know soon if more will be available!  Also, I did order 20 Desk calendars that have a full 12 months of photos as well, but are only $16.00 .  They are a mixture of the best shots from the other 2014 calendars which you can see by clicking on the calendar image below:

 

July page of the Mount Adams and Gorge 2014 calendar.

July page of the Mount Adams and Gorge 2014 calendar.

 

 

 

Fishermen and Trains on the Klickitat

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I have been slipping up again lately making new posts!  Life has been full, with fall colors and lenticular clouds and historic train rides, so hopefully I can share more of those with you soon.

These are all taken in Lyle, Washington, from the Bridge whose shadow you see in the first image.  Here at the mouth of the wild untamed Klickitat River where it runs into the Columbia River, life has always been about fishing… for many thousands of years before Europeans came to America.  Salmon are the lifeblood of the local natives, who still fish along the rivers with dip nets and boats with nets.  Now, the boats that cluster around the mouths of the rivers are more often non natives, as there are different seasons for both groups.

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Osprey are amazing fishermen, and with the Eagles follow the Salmon and Steelhead runs

 

 

And just for fun an image from 2011 looking down from Fisher Hill bridge a couple miles up the river.

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Osprey Guarding their nest

this week I spent some time close by an Osprey nest, and they were not too happy about that. One kept flying over me… and I could see a youngster in the nest still not quite ready to fly. Here are a few photos to share of that!

 

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