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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

Thanks for looking, commenting, and sharing! :)
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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?

Check 'em:
Jeff Chen: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jschen9
TJ Thorne: http://www.tjthornephotography.com/
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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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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.

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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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Inscriptions of Lost Love

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

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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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