Posts Tagged ‘Columbia River Gorge’

Latourell Falls Base

Latourelle Falls base

It was a fine and calm day to photograph this lower portion of Latourell Falls.  Typically there is a lot of mist in the air that one has to deal with lots of moisture on the lens.  No mist on the lens for this image and lovely and soft light really brings out the color […]


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 […]


Bridge at Wahkeena Falls Waterfall

A side view of one section of Wahkeena Falls waterfall from the stone bridge over Wahkeena Creek.

  Wahkeena Falls is a 210 foot waterfall that is unlike many of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area .  The falls does not drop into a plunge pool like nearby Multnomah Falls but instead cascades down a narrow chasm to its base.  It then flows 100 feet down an alluvial […]


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 […]