Posts Tagged ‘Columbia River Gorge’

16 Images That Show Why I’m Proud to Live in the Pacific Northwest

SS41 - Man hiking along snowy ridge, Washington Cascade Mountains

It’s pretty hard to beat the Pacific Northwest as a place to hang your rain hat. This post illustrates some of the things I love about home in the PNW, which I originally wrote for the Matador Network. It all starts with the forces that form this land. As the Pacific plate slowly slides down […]


On Location: Columbia River Gorge!

Balsamroot and wind turbines, Haystack Butte, Columbia Hills, Washington

Updated April 29, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through the Columbia River Gorge. View Columbia River Gorge – April 2012 in a larger map Follow along on a photographic journey through the Columbia River Gorge as we hike to plummeting waterfalls along the Gorge’s “wet side” near Portland, Oregon, as well as tour […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 8 – Bridal Veil State Park

Bridal Veil Creek, Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Sunday, April 29 The last stop on my Columbia River Gorge tour was a quick morning hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Bridal Veil State Park.  Another cloudy day provided ideal conditions for photographing the creek and forest. Thank you for joining me on my tour of the Columbia River Gorge.  Please feel free to […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 7 – Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail

Morning over the Columbia River with white wooden guard rail along edge of Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, Mosier, Oregon, USA

Saturday, April 28 Finding the orchards in Hood River well past their prime bloom, I went for a morning walk on the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, starting at the Mosier end.  This is one of a few old sections of Historic Columbia River Highway that are converted to trails for joggers, hikers and bikers. The […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 6 – Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Creek flowing through Oneonta Gorge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Friday, April 27   Buoyed by yesterday’s walk in Eagle Creek, I decided to tackle Oneonta Gorge today. The river was cold, but not unbearable.  I waded up into the entrance of the Gorge in water up to mid-thigh, again using my tripod and a ski pole for balance.  Then I had to climb over […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 5 – Eagle Creek and Punchbowl Falls

Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Thursday, April 26 Another rainy day … perfect for photographing waterfalls, streams and wildflowers again.  Today’s adventure:  hiking up Eagle Creek to shoot Punchbowl Falls, a classic Pacific Northwest shot. Extra tennis shoes and hiking socks my backpack, I headed up the trail 1.9 miles to a rocky beach just downstream of Punchbowl Falls.  You […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 4 – Waterfalls!

Wahkeena Falls and footbridge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Finally, a day of sweet spring rain … exactly what I came down to the Gorge for.  Time to photograph the waterfalls, creeks and forest wildflowers along the “wet side” of the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Oregon. The photo above is Wahkeena Falls, a short hike up from the Historic […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 3 – Rowena Plateau & Klickitat River Loop

Sun rises over wildflowers on the Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 I spend this morning’s sunrise up on the Rowena Plateau, part of The Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Nature Preserve just west of The Dalles, Oregon.  Rowena Plateau offers wildflowers and great views out over the Columbia River from basalt cliff tops. I’m there about 30 minutes prior to sunrise to scout […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 2 – Dalles Mountain Road

Balsamroot and lupine blooming in spring, Columbia Hills State Park, Klickitat County, Washington

Monday, April 23, 2012 The Dalles Mountain Road is in great shape for wildflowers.  Balsamroot and lupine are all in peak bloom. The Road is a favorite April destination, providing “big sky” views across the Columbia River towards Mount Hood.  And, important for us photographers, the wildflowers and views are all protected and made accessible […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 1 – Ponytail Falls

Horsetail Creek plummets over Ponytail Falls and moss covered boulders, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Today’s hot weather is rapidly melting spring mountain snow pack.  All of the creeks and waterfalls along the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway are at full throttle. Ponytail Falls is one of my favorite short hikes in the area, as the trail goes through a deep alcove behind the falls.  The […]