Vine Maple Blaze

Blazing Vine Maple color just west of Trout Lake, WA.

I found this lovely Vine Maple blaze scene along FS 66 just west of the intersection of FS 66 and FS 24; this area is know as Peterson Prairie, which is west of Trout Lake Washington.  The difficult process of finding pattern and form out of the intense chaos that is fall color in this […]

Vine Maple Silver Logs

The Vine Maple in the Big Lava Bed area are often next to silver logs of dead trees that litter the crinkly lava of this area.  The lava is mostly basalt with some ropey Pahoehoe.  Because this area receives a lot of moisture in the winter and spring there is actually a lot of vegetation […]

Alpine Glow

Alpine Glow On Mt. Hood Oregon

The lovely alpine glow of Mt. Hood presented itself on the last day of August 2012.  Later in the evening the alpine glow gave way to a new moon which, because it was the second moon of the month, became the ‘Blue Moon’ .  This image was made up along the Lolo Pass Road in […]

Western Cascades Sunset

Sunset over the Western Cascades with new moon (Philip A. Knouf)

  This sunset was taken looking out over the Western Cascades along the Timberline Trail on Mt. Hood.  This location is approximately 2 miles from Timberline Lodge just before the trail goes down and across Zigzag canyon.  We were here for sunset pictures of Mt. Hood.  We were through with sunset on the mountain when […]

Waterfalls 2 Fire

6,000 plus acre fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation (Philip A. Knouf)

  This is an image of the Waterfalls 2 fire burning in the western portion of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon.  As of August 20, 2012, the fire has burned more than 6,000 acres of thick timber with much of the fire area in very difficult to fight terrain.  The Waterfalls 2 fire […]

Sunrise Fish Creek Aspen

Sunrise over colorful Aspen trees in the Fish Creek drainage on Steens Mountain

  This sunrise was taken above the Fish Creek drainage on Steens Mountain.  Aspen rarely make an appearance in Oregon and to find such a large colorful stand was outstanding to say the least.  The Aspen here only occur in a narrow elevation range of between 6,500 to 8,000 feet.  My friend Ron and I […]

Gorge Stone Work

Rugged stone work shows the craftsmanship from the 1916 construction of the historic Columbia Gorge Highway.

  The historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway has many popular attractions such as Multnomah Falls and Crown Point.  Lesser known and appreciated is the solid and rugged stone work representing the craftsmanship of the workers who constructed the highway.  This image represents that craftsmanship so evident throughout the Gorge.  This lovely scene is just […]

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 […]

Enchanted Forest

The light for ‘Enchanted Forest’ didn’t last for more than one or two minutes.  I was already set up to photograph with my Canon 5D MKII and my 24mm TS lens.  I was waiting for this beautiful fog light to reappear that I had seen a couple of minutes earlier.  This type of light provides […]