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Yesterday my son and his friends took my dads canoe out on the Yamhill river for some adventure. They had a great time exploring and swimming. It was great to see them excited about doing something outside and that didn't involve electronics of any kind.

This is a shot I took of them from a foot bridge with my iPhone on their return to the car. Most of my iPhone shots are shared on Instagram; you can follow me there at https://instagram.com/brian_bonham

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Wonderful catch +Brian Bonham​!!
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I have some mixed feelings about the Gorge right now. I love it and I hate it at the same time. You ask, "but Brian, how can you hate such a beautiful place?". The answer isn't a simple one, and it can also be a selfish one. The Columbia River Gorge is an extraordinary marvel of Creation. The river, the waterfalls, the trees, the vast amount of natural beauty in one place, and the serenity that it can offer makes it a desirable location to see and experience... it's the serenity where the hate comes in.

Imagine if Disneyland offered you a one day pass to their park and said that only you and a few of your friends would be allowed in during your visit. Tempting? Heck yes it is! Who wouldn't want the Happiest Place on Earth to them selves for a day? Well that's how I feel about the Gorge. Selfish, I know and am the first to admit it. Believe me when I say, I want everyone to see the Gorge, I want everyone to enjoy it's beauty, and I don't want it to be a private sanctuary (well maybe a little). But as of late it has become, what my fellow photographer buddy TJ Thorne calls, Disneygorge (check out some of his recent posts to see what he means).

As of recent days all of my outings to this wonderful place have been met with the utmost of disappointment. Dog poop in bags left on the side of trails, graffiti etched into sign posts, initials etched into the lichen, plastic bottles floating down once pristine streams, cars parked in the bushes, and people... oh so many people. I fear that the generation of kids that I'm raising will not be able to enjoy this beautiful place with their kids one day.

This photo attached to this post is of the log jam that you have to climb over to get into the Oneonta Gorge, one, if not my favorite places in this area. I post it because I overheard one of the visitors exclaim "I wish someone would come in and cut these logs out to make it easier to get in!" Well I for one hope that the logs make it harder.
I write this because I know many of you love this place too. I also write this for those that haven't been but want to go. It's a plea, a plea to sense and understanding. What you are going to see or what you want to go see is nature. Nature. Not dog poop stuffed in a bag, not someones initials carved in a stone or tree, not the Pepsi bottle floating in the river, nor the remnants of somebody's lunch left by a tree stump. Please, please, please treat this place with respect, compassion and courtesy for the next visitor.

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So beautiful, and yet so sad, for the rape of nature's beauty.
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My first shot of the hummingbird that has been coming to my new feeders. I was inspired by +Alexis Coram and her recent and amazing hummingbird shots to try to attract some to my small backyard. After a month I've had this one returning regularly for two weeks. I finally got out there to get a shot of it.

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Beautiful picture Thank You
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Spent the last two days celebrating the birthdays of these two awesome kids. 18 and 14, time flies when you're having fun, or when you have two kids who keep you on your toes and entertained. I love them both and look forward to what the future holds for them. This coming Fall my daughter will head off to college and my son will enter his first year of high school, I'm excited for them both.

I took these photos of the two of them with my iPhone on our way to dinner downtown Portland. I love the atmosphere and backdrops the city offers.

#weareparents #happybirthday 
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love the picture!
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Big M in B&W

Sometimes a photo just screams black and white. I don't do many but on this morning the clouds were sweeping by the falls and when I looked at the photo in color it was okay but the contrast of the trees, water, and rock prompted me to convert it to black and white. I shot this from the parking lot off 84 with my 70-200mm because when I walked up to the falls the clouds were hidden against the sky and it was hard to tell their proximity to the falls.

Prints available: http://bit.ly/1P4lqIc

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hehehe keep on swimming!!
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Gorton Creek Falls

I went out this past weekend to Gorton Creek and asked +Nicole S. Young to grab a shot of me in front of the falls with my iphone.  I was pretty stoked with how it turned out.  This was taken using the Slow Shutter app available in the App Store.

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Fantastic!
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While my wife and daughter are away traveling the United Kingdom, my son and I have been left home to hold down the fort. I decided to take today off and have some fun with him and the pup. We ended up at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast; one of my favorite places. Here's an iPhone shot of him and Owen on the rocks that I posted to Instagram. It was a great day!


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Beautiful sense of childhood! 
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It feels like forever since I've been out shooting in the Gorge, or anywhere for that matter. As nice as it is to have the sun out and the Jeep top down it's not my favorite weather for shooting. This image is from a trip this past spring to Ruckel Creek. I'll have to make up for time lost this coming Fall when the clouds return and the leaves start changing.

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wow beautiful 
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Let me be frank.  I dig the new Photos feature on mobile but hate it on my PC.  It took me way too long to figure out how to add this to one of my albums that I started before Google put out Photos.  //shortrant

I've spent a lot of time in the Columbia River Gorge, and will spend a ton more exploring new places. So far, of the places I've been Gorton Creek near the Wyeth Campground is one of my favorites. This is Emerald Falls just up the trail on an easy hike. This cascading creek is filled with beautiful and picturesque spots for any level of hiker to enjoy.

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Can't connect two devices...anyone know why?

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Falls Creek Falls

This was from my second time hiking up to this falls last week and I assure you it won't be my last. The next time I'm going to hike up to the top to see the falls above more closely.

+Colby Brown was in town and +Brian Matiash and +Nicole S. Young wanted to show him some of the sweet spots in the PNW and although we only hit one of the three on the list for the day it was still a good time. The sun and clouds were battling it out and we sat patiently waiting for the few moments the clouds were winning. After a bit we called it good and headed home, the sun was winning a bit too much.

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Breathtaking views of God's creation.
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Gorton Creek Falls - Part II

As you begin to make plans for the weekend maybe you're considering a trip out to see some waterfalls. May I make a suggestion? Go to this one.

This is one of the lesser known falls off Hwy 84 in the Columbia River Gorge. I'm not sure if it's because of its location, the fact you can't see it from your car, or that the hike isn't a casual one. It's not that the hike is long, it's just filled with obstacles you have to climb over, under, or around. If you're up for a little adventure park at the Wyeth Campground and just follow the creek until you can't go any further and this is what you will see. Along the path you will also see Emerald Falls which the path skirts along as you come to the more difficult part of the hike.

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Will do. :-) Thanks, +Brian Bonham!
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Gorton Creek

Oh, so you haven't visited Gorton Creek yet? Well you should. If you want to experience the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge but don't want to hassle with the crowds, then this is your spot. Just walk through the campground after parking off the Wyeth exit off Hwy 84 and you'll soon see a meandering creek. Follow this creek towards it's source as far as you can go, I promise you won't be disappointed.

#waterfalls   #photography   #oregon   #columbiarivergorge  

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Thanks for sharing
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