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Mirrored Soul · Monochrome

Mt. Hood from Mirror Lake · Mt. Hood National Forest · Government Camp · Oregon · USA

Showing this one extra-large for G+, so be sure to click it!

Prints available here:  http://bit.ly/11jrzTK

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Autumn Whispers

Oneonta Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Dodson · Oregon · USA

Like delicate splatters from an orange paintbrush, autumn leaves add a sprinkle of warm color to moss-covered boulders lining the serpentine shores of Oneonta Creek, here in high flood and stained brown with muddy silt from the fresh rains. One of the few downsides to living in this area, though, is the paucity of naturally occurring oranges and reds in the fall, as the bountiful leaves of the local maples and alders tend to yellow and tatter their way into autumnal senescence. Coming across these maples rooted at successive bends of the creek with their blazing orange leaves was something like providence.

Wrong season, I know, but it's a personal favorite of mine and I felt like posting it... :)
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It's beautiful p.
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Hammer of Heaven

Latourell Falls・Columbia River Gorge・Latourell・Oregon・USA

Like an empyrean elevator descended from Heaven (with due nod to Beck's awesome "Heaven Hammer"), Latourell Falls’ 224-foot (68m) column of water strikes down with thunderous force and divine presence even in the low-running conditions of late summer.

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"Stand By Me"

Tamanawas Falls · Cold Spring Creek · Mt. Hood National Forest · Parkdale · Oregon

This one's trending on 500px right now.  It's a vertical take on "Guardian Spirit" that a posted week or two ago here.  I actually have 49 (49!!) captures of this magical moment, each subtly different from the next, and picking out which ones to process was an exercise in anal-retentive pixel-peeping.  Wished I could say I took that many frames for bracketing, but alas, no...once the sunrays cleared the top of the falls, it surprisingly took only one frame to capture the whole dynamic range.  But with the mist swirling around and the light ever creeping, I wanted to be sure I captured each moment in time and see which ones would stand out on the screen.

Thanks as always for any comments and support!  Have a terrific week. :)
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Love the light, beautifully composed as well +Tula Top 
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Guardian Spirit

Tamanawas Falls · Mt. Hood National Forest · Parkdale · Oregon

Posted per +Angela King-Jones 's request.  "Jump."  "How high?" ;)  I'll even repost the long-winded story...

As the trail meanders through a massive rockslide and rounds a bend in the gorge, the constant growl of Cold Spring Creek crescendoes to a thundering roar as 100-foot-tall Tamanawas Falls comes into glorious view. Tamanawas is the Chinook term for friendly or guardian spirit, the cataract ostensibly taking its name for its commanding yet calming presence on Mt. Hood’s eastern flank.

As soon as I laid eyes on the majestic falls and saw the towering plumes of spray produced by the swirling winds in the amphitheater, I resigned myself to a second unsuccessful photographic outting in as many days (at Burnt Lake the day prior)—there was just no getting close enough for an intimate portrait without drenching lens and lederhosen* before you could ever hope to get a shot off. Besides which, sunlight was spotlighting the top of the falls and left everything else in deep shadow, making an attempt at even an HDR composite a dicey proposition at best. This was my second visit to the falls, and I felt like I had some unfinished business (I’d like to think I’m a better photog now than I was this same time last year—tremendous thanks goes to the artists of RedBubble for that), but there was significantly less spray on that day that allowed for a much closer approach and much more intimate studies that I was hoping to have another go at. Disappointing, to say the least.

After a time, however, and just as we were set to embark for the trailhead after a short break, the sun moved on from zenith and began to illuminate the mist in radiant shafts of light as it filtered through the evergreens rimming the amphitheater’s cliff. I saw what was developing and waited until the falls was completely in shade, and this was our reward for lollygagging.

* No, I wasn’t wearing nor have I ever worn lederhosen, but I needed something starting with L for the alliteration. My apologies for the deception.
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Love the light
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Punchbowl Falls · Eagle Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA

In his quest for rejuvenation, Ponce de León would have been wise to search for a waterfall rather than a fountain. It certainly works for me.

Every time.
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Nothing, dear.  Absolutely nothing.
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Telling Tall Tails

Ponytail Falls · Horsetail Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Dodson · Oregon · USA

Ahhh...at long last Spring 2013 has finally entered stage left in the grand Pacific Northwest, and it's off to a rip-roaringly green start after a wet but not particularly cold winter that spared the resident foliage from the browning effects of frostbite during their cold-season torpor. It was good hiking again with my buddy Jeff Chen, who's finishing an internal medicine purgatory I mean residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta...I've found it helps temper people's perception of your insanity to surround yourself with obsessive-compulsive compadres whose straightjackets are cinched a notch or two or three tighter than your own (that includes you, TJ Thorne). On this fine but typically soggy Saturday, Jeff (who's actually in this scene, somewhere...) and I did a day-long waterfall blitzkrieg through the Great Green Gorge, hitting Multnomah, Horsetail, Ponytail, Wahclella, Starvation, Cabin Creek, Hole-In-The-Wall, Lancaster, Wahkeena, Fairy, and Latourell, in that willy-nilly order. It was exhausting yet fun, but next time, dude, carry a lens cloth and an umbrella, wouldja?

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Jeff Chen: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jschen9
TJ Thorne: http://www.tjthornephotography.com/
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Moffett Creek · John B. Yeon State Park · Columbia River Gorge · Warrendale · Oregon · USA

The silken waters of Moffett Creek cascade beneath the graceful arch of a fallen tree, whose exposed sapwood takes on a golden luminosity under soft light filtering through the forest canopy.

Share away, if you're so inclined! :)

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nice man, really cool comp.
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Inscriptions of Lost Love

Mt. Hood · Lost Lake · Mt. Hood National Forest · Hood River · Oregon · USA

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Looks as if Angeles are in the clouds and are coming to the Circle alter in the water to worship.Great B&W.
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"Outer Sanctum"

This one caught fire on 500px in a way I never could've predicted...spending much of the day solidly in the #2 spot behind a vintage Chip Phillips shot.  Hell, no, I ain't complainin'!  Full caption:

Mt. Hood from Mirror Lake · Mt. Hood National Forest · Government Camp · Oregon · USA

Something calls, and you go towards it, compelled by an indescribable, unnamable force that quells the initial doubts within. You arrive at beauty, and you smile. Yet something tells you there’s more, something coming, something…special, if you’ll just stick with it. But the clock ticks away and the doubts come again, smoldering, simmering, then seething, threatening the tenuous interface between solidity and utter dissolution.

And then all of a sudden, before you even have time to contemplate the changes, it happens: the sun clears the distant horizon and ignites the sky in a kaleidoscope of fire and ice. Paradoxes align: The changes are at once imperceptible yet dramatic, intangible yet palpable, serene yet stirring, expected yet in every way surprising—a deafeningly silent, slow-motion explosion. All around you, stillness, calm, and tranquility prevail, yet every fiber of your being buzzes with electricity. The moment stokes the senses, quickens the spirit, steeps the soul.

Then before you know it, it’s gone. And what’s left is a final paradox: an ephemeral instant that lasts forever. It doesn’t always happen like this for me, but to me this is the essence and power of photography at its best. Not mine, but anybody’s.

It calls to me.

And I go towards it.
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Dreaming Out Loud

Wahclella Falls · Tanner Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA

Insufferable story here:  http://bit.ly/V6ZCAN
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Really like this. I'm sharing this beautiful image and story on my OR travel page https://www.facebook.com/GoOregonNow
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Abiqua Falls · Abiqua Creek · Scotts Mills · Oregon · USA

Some time off before starting a new job afforded me a rare opportunity for a weekday jaunt, with the intrepid (read: crazy) TJ Thorne (http://500px.com/TjThorne) making my exploits look downright pedestrian in comparison as he scaled sheer canyon walls and waded thigh-deep in bone-chilling water looking for shots. It was his first time here, and he described the goosebumps that developed as he neared the amphitheater and listened to Abiqua's purr crescendo into a roar before the falls finally rounded into view beyond the final corner. I must admit that for me the goosebumps have faded a bit over time owing to my familiarity with the locale, but the amphitheater's magic and majesty remain undeniable. I hope what I may have lost in the 'goosebump factor' I've gained in growing intimacy with the place, and an unhurried approach lets me study the landscape in ways I may not have looked at it before. On this occasion, the disappointment of missing out on the ice formations we were hoping to photograph befittingly melted away in the serenity of this vestigial ephemeral pool.
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Gorgeous image Tula <3
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