Mt. Hood Wildflowers

Lovely Lupines in the glow of sunset on Mt. Hood

These Mt. Hood wildflowers are just next to the spectacular Zig Zag canyon on the southwest side of the mountain.  My friend Ron and I had hiked about two miles west of Timberline Lodge on the Timberline Trail to find a good spot for some sunset images.  We were finally rewarded with the Mt. Hood […]

Mt. Hood Sunset

Mt. Hood is bathed in the warm rays of sunset while colorful lupines and asters glow in an alpine meadow along the Timberline Trail in the Mt. Hood Wilderness.  The gnarled and stunted trees attest to the ferocity of weather at timberline on the slopes of Mt. Hood.  This is the same location of my […]

Foggy Glow

The cold spring water creates it own fog in warm, rain moistened air at Big Spring Creek Falls.

  This image has a foggy glow to it which immediately caught my eye as I was driving on FR23 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  We had driven into rain showers just above Trout Lake Washington a couple of weeks into July on our trip to Tahklahk Lake to check out the flowers.  The […]

Lupines & Stream

Graceful Lupines and red Indian Paintbrush grow next to a small stream in the Mt. Adams Wilderness.

  These graceful Lupines and red Indian Paintbrush are growing next to a small stream flowing in a high meadow in the Mt. Adams Wilderness area in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington state.  This meadow is tucked away just off of FR 2329 and close to both the Killen Creek Campground and the […]

Sunset Tom McCall Preserve

Glorious sunset from Tom McCall Preserve near Rowena Oregon. The lupines and balsamroots were brilliantly lit by the setting sun.

This sunset at Tom McCall Preserve near Rowena, Oregon is probably one of my best, if I can say so!  Conditions were just what landscape photographers dream of for images of lots of colorful flowers backlit by the sun.  There was next to no wind and the Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine and the Northwestern Balsamroot […]

Sunrise Columbia Hills

Sunrise over the flower covered Columbia Hills in the Dalles Mtn. State Park

This sunrise over the Columbia Hills State Park in the Dalles Mountain Ranch component was quite spectacular.  At this time of the year the sun rises high over one of the taller of the ridges within the Columbia Hills State Park.  This creates a very dramatic and intense first light on the Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf […]

Sunrise Tom McCall Preserve

Sunrise over the yellows and purples of the flowers in the Tom McCall Nature Preserve

This gorgeous sunrise was taken a short way up the trail to Tom McCall Point at the Tom McCall Preserve just west of the small town of Rowena Oregon.  I arrived about one hour before sunrise to scout out a location for the image I knew I wanted to create.  As I am still in […]

Sunset Hang Glider

A powered hang glider flies low over the rolling Columbia Hills at sunset.

This hang glider struck a perfect pose for me in this sunset image over the rolling hills of the Dalles Mountain State Park.  Part of  the Columbia Hills State Park, this time of the year the hillsides are covered with an broad array of wild flowers.  They are simply beautiful with every shade of the […]

Trilliums Patch

A nice patch of Trilliums early in the Spring in the Carter Bridge Campground along the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River

I discovered this group of Trilliums early in the spring in the Carter Bridge Campground along the Wild and Scenic portion of the Clackamas River in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  There had been rain earlier that left a few drops of water on the petals and leaves of the plants.  Lighting conditions were perfect […]

Indian Plum

Indian Plum with pendant white blossoms in early Spring in the Carter Bridge Campground along the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River.

The Indian Plum is often the first deciduous native shrub to flower in late winter in the Pacific Northwest.  The Indian Plum is an important early season nectar source for hummingbirds, moths and butterflies, native bees and other pollinator species.  Fragrant 1/2 inch greenish white flowers usually appear by late winter in loose hanging clusters […]

Douglas’ Grasswidow

Olsynium douglasii is a flowering plant, commonly known as grasswidows. It is the only species in the genus Olsynium in North America, the remaining 11 species being from South America.

In late March of 2012, I traveled from my home in the metro Portland area to the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge to photograph the Grasswidow flower.  One of my favorite locations for wildflowers is the Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena .  This 271 acre preserve has a diverse offering of […]

Forest Park Trilliums

Trillium's abound in the Spring in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon.

Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forest reserves in the United States.  Forest Park is a public municipal park in the Tualatin Mountains west of downtown Portland, Oregon. Stretching for more than 8 miles (13 km) on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River, it is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves. The park, a […]