Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sunset in November

I'm lagging in my blog posts, but I'm also lagging in my photography.  There are too many things I dislike about this time of year.  I do love frost photos, but I also love being warm, and getting outside early when it's in the 20's is NOT one of my loves!  My husband and I drove across the Blue Mountains to Walla Walla, Washington this week; on our way home, the sunset was amazing.

 These are the foothills of the Blue Mountains above the Walla Walla Valley. 

As we start the climb out of the valley to head east, there's an intersection which provides a view of the Weston, Oregon cemetery.  The sky was on fire, and the trees in the cemetery were beautiful silhouettes. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Directions from Home

There is a lot of land surrounding the place that I live, and I drive the country roads often. Early fall was beautiful in color, but the cold settled in quickly and we got our first snow right after Halloween.  The following images were taken on two separate drives that I took, one north, one west, and one east.The latter was after the cold had moved in.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall on a College Campus

I think college campuses are traditionally prettier than the average location, and fall is especially pretty.  As I've blogged before, I make a trip to Eastern Oregon University's campus each fall to record some of the foliage beauty.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Beautiful End Stage of Sunflowers

Sunflowers have such a fascinating "architecture"...throughout their relatively short life span.  I've played around with some editing to accentuate that wonderful design.  (I just accidentally deleted a whole line of comments on previous posts! I wish Blogger had a trash can to protect dingbats like me!)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Palmer Junction in Early September

One of the main rural roads out of town is Palmer Junction Road; it runs north for more than 20 miles. The unusual thing about this rural road is that it's paved. (The reason for that is a fish hatchery where spring chinook salmon are raised and released.) Driving this road is a good way to spend an early evening in late summer, when it's too hot to do anything else.  The light was strange because of the smoke from forest fires.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Gorge Will Never Be the Same

A week ago, my husband and I made the drive across Oregon from rural to spend a few days with our first--and only--grandchild, ginger-haired Ava Maeve.  She's not quite 5 months old, so has changed so much since we last saw her in early July.  The drive takes nearly 5 hours, if we make our obligatory stop at The Dalles.

A little more than halfway, the Columbia Gorge of the most beautiful "wild" areas of Oregon, home to hundreds of miles of hiking trails up forested mountains, and home to 77 waterfalls, the most famous is Multnomah Falls.  Today, the forested area of the Gorge is on fire, the victim of a teenager with fireworks.  Things will NEVER be the same again in the Gorge. Generally, I don't do a lot of photography from the car, and we didn't stop because the Gorge area was full of Labor Day visitors.  However, I actually took a photo right at the exit to Cascade Locks, a small town on the river, which has now been evacuated because of the fire.

View of the burning Columbia River Gorge from Washington side of the Columbia River
(dylan taylor photo)

These photos are just "typical" sights along I-84 to and from...  some sights will never be the same after this fire.

Three modes of transportation so important to the state: a tug, a train, and trucks.

View west into the smoke caused by multiple wild fires in the state. 

Railroad bridge across the Columbia from Oregon to Washington
Smoke illustrates the layers of the landscape in the Gorge. 

Exit to Cascade Locks, riverside town forced to evacuate by the Eagle Creek Fire

Young Bighorn Sheep rams grazing on the dry terrain along I-84. This
       sighting was on the return to Northeastern Oregon. 

Wind turbines are common in this part of Oregon and across the river in Washington.

It might be an interstate, but the combines have to get from one harvesting area to another!

A famous tree farm near Boardman has been reduced to a few small stands of trees, making way
for more productive crops .