Sunset Hang Glider

A powered hang glider flies low over the rolling Columbia Hills at sunset. (Philip A. Knouf)

A powered hang glider flies low over the rolling Columbia Hills at sunset. (Philip A. Knouf)

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 rainbow represented.  The most prominent flowers are the Northwester Balsamroot and the Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine.  I was blessed with perfect conditions with this sunset image.  No winds and prime time for the flowers and of course the serendipity of the sunset colors of the hang glider.  I was drawn to this composition by the alternating light and dark areas of the hills and gullies.  The pastel colors of the hillsides and trees at the abandoned farm site were also quite pleasing.

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