Iris’s by the pond

In my previous post, Going Wild, I talked about Sumner Meadows and how it is … well … Going Wild.

There are a number of ponds, and this one has Iris’s growing in a location I would not have expected. It was, of course, the splash of yellow that caught my eye.

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Going Wild

Woke up the other day to see a light fog outside the window. After rinsing the eyeballs to make sure that wasn’t the problem we jumped in the Prius and ran down to Sumner Meadows to see if we could find a shot.

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Tipsoo Lake, Late May

Mt Rainier in the Spring is stunning with its pristine white dress of snow. I love to drive up to Chinook Pass shortly after the highway (Washington SR 410) is reopened after a long cold winter. It is one of the more Picturesque highways in the Cascades I think.

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On Shooting Bald Eagles

Putting Shooting and Bald Eagles together like this in a title is pure click bait. On the other hand, that is what I want to ramble on about in this post. That and wildlife photography in general.

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May Day

Yesterday was May 1st. May Day.

Yesterday was also a georgeous day for a drive and a perfect day to complete a project our Grandaughter, Skylar’s teacher assigned to us. (Us? Assignment?)

So Skylar’s class has just finished reading the tale of Flat Stanley. The project was to create a Flat Skylar and send it to someone to tour about. Skylar had her teacher send Her Flat Self to us.

This is what we sent back.

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Pretty in Pink

Springtime is wonderful!

After weeks of drab dreary days. Of snow and rain and cold. The promise of Spring brings new life.

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And Now for Something Completely Different

It’s April. The Washington State Spring Fair was last week. We usually go on the last day to help take down the Photo Salon which is managed by Tacoma Photographic Society

One of the things I like to do at the fair is to look for photo opportunities. This one of Gummy Bears all piled onto each other makes a great macro shot.

Handheld – 1/165th of a second at ISO 4000 – f/5.6 135mm – just a fun capture! (Would have been better with a polarizer)

Spring Blossoms

It’s spring and the blossoms are being shot out of the trees like confetti from a cannon

So a few days ago, Liddy and I were out for our daily constitutional. We like to go over to South Prairie and walk the Foothills Trail towards Buckley.

There are two major attractions for us. Both bridges over South Prairie Creek.

The first bridge is a small one but there is access down to the creek where Liddy loves to jump into the water (she could have been a water dog.)

The second bridge is a beautiful arched structure made with laminated beams that spans the creek, a country road, and a small farm. A very nice place to walk to and enjoy the scene.

On this day, the spring rains and snow melt have filled South Prairie Creek to a point where there is no beach under bridge number 1, and the stream is too strong. As good a swimmer as Liddy is, there are limits. So, we continued up to the second bridge.

The height of the roadbed on this bridge is such that you are almost at the top of the trees. This day, the timing was right that they were showing their flowers and new foliage. And wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have my Canon. Bummer!

We repeated the walk on the following day and this is what I came home with. Spring is such a special time.


Burn Out


Surviving firs stand in stark shilouette above Multnomah Falls. The Eagle Creek wildfire 2 years previous almost claimed all of the forest around the falls. You can see some people standing on an overlook to the left where scorched trees are standing. This cleared area is where the dead ones have been removed.

Why do we have to be so stupid? And why do we have to be so irresponsible in our youth?

Here it is, noon on a March, Monday, and the parking lot is full. The Historic Columbia River Highway is blocked by stupid people waiting to get a parking lot – took me over half an hour to get by. Came back to the parking off of the interstate and had no problem.

People just don’t think!

So… my advice. If you want to shoot Multnomah Falls, get there early and approach from the interstate. Or better yet, by bus or on foot. As a Gentleman of Lesiure, I can plan to visit on a week day.

Liddy at Multnoma Falls. We moved higher up the path to shoot this portrait and get the full falls in.

Liddy and I walked up over the bridge looking for an interesting compostion. Because the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge is always in shadow, lighting is either even, or black. The even light is great for waterfalls because you are less likely to blow out the highlights.

Do take a moment to visit if you are near Portland. Even with the crowds, the drive along the Gorge is always rewarding. Even in the rain.


So this was our last stop on our March Columbia Gorge adventure. I hope you enjoyed taking a moment to look as much as we enjoyed the moments it took to take them.

Bridal Veil Creek

Bridal Veil Falls is a popular stop along the Historic Columbia River Highway. There is a B&B on the high side of the highway, opposite the parking lot provided by Oregon Parks.

At the risk of being called a heretic, I am going to say the falls were not impressive on this day. It was spring. Lots of water falling over the edge.

Doesn’t make for a veil in my humble opinion.

The creek however…

I love the lines leading us up the cascade. The tree leaning over the creek frames the bank. By flipping the image horizontally, (yes, I did that) it all works to bring our eye into the shot and up the creek towards the bowl at the base of the falls. This is hidden behind the gap at the top.