Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mt. Hood Sunset from frozen Kingsley Reservoir

I've been itching to get out on my dirtbike for a long time now with all this traveling and finally had a chance to go out for a quick sunset ride this evening. Forgot how much I love being on my Honda CRF450x out there in the woods. So much adrenaline riding fast through the trees, up hills, down canyons... then you get to the top of a viewpoint, kill the engine, and turns from crazy adrenaline trip to a peaceful calm moment with the flip of a switch. I love that I can hop on my bike and ride up some hills a mile from my house and be miles from civilization and totally secluded, in just minutes.
This evening I took my camera bag, hopeful for a nice sunset, and it was beautiful! After riding through a bunch of crusty, chunky, icy snow I stopped at frozen Kingsley Reservoir and got a decent view of Mt. Hood's west facing side with some sunlight on it.
Mt. Hood and sunset, check out the wind blowing snow off the peak! Brrrrr!

And a snapshot of my bike, camera, and frozen Kingsley reservoir with Mt Hood-

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Downtown Hood River!

Just a quick photo I shot last night of downtown Hood River, I love home. :)

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mt. Hood Timberline Trail - Day 3

Finally here are the photos from Day 3 of our Timberline Trail adventure! First are pro camera pics then the snapshot pics.

We woke in the morning and these amazing clouds were swirling around Mt. Hood's edge-

Our first view of Hood River Valley... home!

Coe Glacier viewed from Elk Cove-

Indian Paintbrush wildflower-

Western Pasque flower, aka "Old Man of the Mountains" or "Hippy on a stick"

One of the more difficult gnarley river crossings-

Lindsey didn't end up walking across those wet slippery logs. If she did, this would definitely be the last living photo of her-

I walked through it really slowly and hoped I didn't loose my footing-

Little side trip off the main trail led to this view of Hood and glacier melt-

It also led to this awesome huge chunk of glacier snow with a waterfall emptying into it, and water flowing in a cave underneath the snow.

Of course I couldn't just settle for seeing the outside, so I found an opening to crawl though and go inside. Super sweet!!! I brought my tripod so I could do some longer exposures. This one is looking out of the cave-

And looking into the cave, bottom of the waterfall is at that opening-

Cloud Cap Inn-

Dinnertime and campfire-

Colin concentrating on his "sticky fire" on the top so his calzone cooked on both sides-

This is Mt. Saint Helens about an hour after sunset. The sky was basically dark and this is ISO 100, f/4 @ 5 minutes to get enough exposure! Love the whispy clouds and vibrant twilight colors! One of my favorite photos of the trip.

Another long exposure of stars and clouds. Mt Saint Helens and Mt. Adams are visible-

20 minute exposure of Mt. Hood and stars-

Now for the snapshots from day 3-
Kristin and Lindsey, perfect timing for awkward looks on their faces-

Getting into that brushing action-

Kristin got stuck in this position and had to get help to move, haha


This part of the trail had recently been hit with a windstorm so big I can't even imagine! Just about every tree was laid down in the same direction on this whole ridge-

This is the Eliot Creek Crossing which normally has a bridge, but it was washed out in 2006 by flooding. The trail (see it on the other side?) is closed and totally impassable, so you have to take a detour and hike up the mountain a way, then slide down the steep canyon. Pics coming from that on day 4.

Look very closely and there is 2 people and a dog traversing up this steep slope (we got to look forward to that the next day)-

Colin and Kristin about to devour their perfectly cooked calzones-

Colin mid-action eating pic-

Some kind of pizza thing he was excited about-

I call this my cheesy chunky-

Day 4 images are great too... they'll be posted when I get some time! :)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mt. Hood Timberline Trail - Day 2

I've finally found a few moments on this beautiful Saturday morning to post some more Timberline Trail pics... Day 2! If I remember correctly we did a LOT of hiking this day (set up camp in the dark) so I did more shooting with the snapshot camera than my pro camera.
Anyway onto the photos!

Beautiful Indian Paintbrush wildflowers with Mt. Hood in the background-

A gorgeous spring fed stream in the morning hours, Mt. Hood in the background of course-

Mt. Hood-

Mt. Hood and wildflowers-

Can't remember the name of this canyon, but it was huge!

Some nice waterfalls down there too-

Ramona Falls-

Ramona Falls-

Glacier melt off Mt. Hood-

Glacier melt off Mt. Hood-

A different angle view of Hood that I had never seen, doesn't even look like the same mountain!

This was a gorgeous viewpoint after a very steep climb up from the canyon-

Colin and Kristin-

Last light on Mt. Hood, there was two deer in the field in front of me... such a beautiful sight!

Another gorgeous sunset-


Long exposure of the stars-

OK.... Lindsey and I are both so confused about what this is... because we saw the thing moving quite rapidly before I took this photo. It could have been our eyes playing tricks on us... but still. It's sooo bright and I've never seen a star or planet that bright. It's not a plane either. UFO???

Here are the snapshots from the day.
Waking up in the morning, Lindsey and I shared a tent-

Linz waking up... morning face-

We randomly ran into a good friend of ours Holly, I had no idea she was out there hiking too!

She hid behind a rock and jumped out to scare Colin and Lindsey-

Colin snapping some pics-

Lunch break-

Lindsey.... ummm... not sure what she's doing here?

One of my favorite things was wild berries everywhere!!! They are sooo good! These are huckleberries (they look like blueberries in the photo)-

Huckleberries, so good and healthy!

Wild raspberry-


Thimbleberry, one of the best tasting berries I've ever had!

Kristin, Colin and Lindsey-

This is what it looks like when you take a photo inside fire (not recommended)-

Lindsey cookin up some curry for dinner!

Lindsey gets cold very easily, so this is what she looks like every night in bed-

Thats it for day 2.... day 3 has the best photos from the trip so stay tuned!

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