I love photographing winter, but we haven't really had any yet where I live. The neighboring county of Wallowa, however, had some serious snow a couple of weeks ago. (Only recently, high winds and rain took most of the snow.)
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Fall came and went very quickly in this corner of Oregon. Just when the trees were developing color, the cold nights arrived and bi-colored leaves froze on the trees. The fall color was gone. Not so in the western part of the state and in the Columbia Gorge.
The sun was to our backs as we headed west and into the Columbia River Gorge.
Generally, Mount Hood would be visible in the distance at this point, but heavy clouds hung low.
Across the Columbia River on the Washington side, brilliant rust-colored shrubbery dotted the bare landscape. The geology of the gorge is evident.
The rain began near the west end of the Gorge and continued on west to Hillsboro. This is Highway 26.
Four days later, the rain had stopped, so colorful fall foliage was on display at Multnomah Falls. Scars from the Eagle Creek Fire are still evident.
The Historic Columbia River Highway can be accessed at Mosier, providing a beautiful drive over the mountain to The Dalles. The curves are frequent and the original guard rails are striking against the fall colors.
Orchards are plentiful in the Gorge and above it, and this pear orchard is one.
In spring and summer, the grass and shrubbery are a beautiful green.
Friday, October 23, 2020
We had summer right until last week, and today we got a big hint of winter. These photos are from a 20 mile drive into the Blue Mountains...from 2700 feet elevation to 5100 feet at the summit. Poplars, aspens and the indomitable Western Larch aka Tamarack are bright yellow. The Mountain Ash berries are a brilliant red. Throughout the "tour," the skiff of snow is a reminder of what could be the near future.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I didn't realize it had been so long between posts, but I've been "landscaping" again. This time, I've photographed some areas in the county where I grew up. It adjoins the county where I have lived for 45 years---and I have no idea where those years have gone!
Wallowa County has been known as "The Little Switzerland of America," although I haven't heard that term in a long while. The high Wallowa Mountains, also known as the Eagle Caps, are impressive any time of year. After the first snow, however, they get special recognition.
Monday, August 24, 2020
It was a trip we've made several times over the years, but not recently...at least, not during the dry season. This trip is the one across Mt. Emily, one of the three familiar named mountains above the Grande Ronde Valley. Mt. Emily is the second tallest at 6109 feet in elevation. So...we start at 2785 feet in town, drive north to south across the Mt. Emily range of the Blue Mountains and down the south side into La Grande, where the elevation is 2785 feet. In between is Indian Rock, probably the most appealing location of the trip, at 5650 feet.
This is the section of Fox Hill that makes me nervous. I-84 is at the base of that dry hill, and La Grande is to the east (left in the photo).