hiking

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (set 2 of 2)

Twice in October 2017, I visited fabulous Silver Falls State Park, just south of Silverton, Oregon. Here is the second set of two. (See the first.) I was amazed how much the tree colors had changed in just a few weeks. Ah, autumn!

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (set 2 of 2)

Molalla River Recreation Area, May 2017

A series of hiking and mountain biking trails that take you through forests so thick they make you feel a million lightyears from the Willamette Valley just a little below…

Molalla River Recreation Area, May 2017

Camas Lily Bloom in Camassia Natural Area, April 2017

April 2017. It was time to return to Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, Oregon. Why? Because the camas lilies were all in bloom of course! Brilliant blue hues blanketed the fields in the park, which is about 26 acres of protected oak groves nestled across from Oregon City. There were other flowers too, white, pink, yellow...

Camas Lily Bloom in Camassia Natural Area, April 2017

Winter Hike in Champoeg, Oregon

In early February 2017, on a very cold, wet winter's day, I hiked around the Champoeg State Heritage Area outside of Butteville, Oregon. Champoeg (pronounced like "shampooey") was an important settlement in the 19th century and in 1843 formed an early regional government, a key step for the area eventually becoming a state. Today the former townsite is merely a field, but the surrounding 600 or so acres have become a park with forested trails easing along the Willamette River....

Winter Hike in Champoeg, Oregon

Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, Oregon

In January 2015 I explored Opal Creek and the quasi-ghost town of Jawbone Flats (population 5) in the central Cascade Mountains in Oregon. The area is thick with gorgeous fir trees, and the water in the creeks and rivers is crystal clear.  It's so clear in fact that when it pools, it looks insanely, surreally blue...  

Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, Oregon

Elowah Falls, Oregon

In December 2014 my friend Merry and I hiked up to Elowah Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. As we walked up all was bitingly cold rain, and then the entire falls area for a hundred-yard radius was black ice. So crazy slippery... 

Elowah Falls, Oregon

Treadwell Mine, Douglas, Alaska

On the edge of downtown Douglas, Alaska, in a lush forest with a serene, rocky beach, you can find the remains of the Treadwell gold mine. What once was a thriving hub of miners, horses, and donkeys, is now a lovely hiking trail in which you come across strange metal pipes and machine pieces, concrete walls, and glory holes...

Treadwell Mine, Douglas, Alaska

Lakes around Mount Hood, Sept 2016

After a tough week with a very, very tough photoshoot at a hospital, I took a day off to just grab my swimming trunks and head off to some of the fabulous lakes south of Mount Hood in Oregon. By the time I arrived, a lovely morning fog had burned off and bright sunshine warmed the air. I hit Trillium Lake, Little Crater Lake, and Timothy Lake in Clackamas County, and briefly Clear Lake in Wasco County... 

Lakes around Mount Hood, Sept 2016

Coyote Wall, Washington, April 2016

Last April I went hiking with Meghan Sinnott and four-legged friends, Maddy and Journey, up Coyote Wall at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The outing offered a great chance to try out my newly purchased Velvet 56 lens from Portland's own Lens Baby; the lens can do some really fun "velvety" bokah tricks (particularly along the frame edges) and looks nice whether you're shooting landscapes, portraits, or macros...

Coyote Wall, Washington, April 2016

Rainier Day 2: Sunrise, Washington

After our stop at Eunice Lake, we traveled onward to Sunrise, Washington, which is the highest spot in the park you can drive to. From its lodge, hiking trails spider off in all directions for easy hikes that all offer truly breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and its surrounding foothills. Cascade beauty! As we drove up to the site, a thick layer of clouds sat around the mountain, but as we started hiking the cloud cover quickly burned off.

Rainier Day 2: Sunrise, Washington

Rainier Day 2: Eunice Lake

Early in the morning of our second day on Mount Rainier (after the actual sunrise, but on our way to the area named Sunrise), we stopped for photos at Eunice Lake. It was a little too windy for good reflections, but still so lovely!

Rainier Day 2: Eunice Lake

Rainier Day 1: Hiking in Paradise

Near the end of Day 1 in the Mount Rainier National Park, we stopped at the satisfyingly appropriately named Paradise, Washington, for some hiking and then a picnic dinner. The views were beyond description! And the weather for us was perfection, as the fog burned off Rainier just as we started on the trail. When you visit the park, Paradise is a must-see!

Rainier Day 1: Hiking in Paradise

Rainier Day 1: Trail of the Shadows Hike, Longmire

After lunch we entered the Mount Rainier National Park and took the Trail of the Shadows hike across the road from the Longmire National Park Inn. It's a short hike, but with lots of quick changes of scenery to make it interesting to all ages. As you leave the inn, you get breathtaking views of Rainier and then you travel through swampy meadows and into the forest whose giant fir trees give the trail its name. There are also several springs along the trail, including the vibrantly colored and slightly poisonous Iron Mike spring, and even a restored homestead cabin from the 19th century.

Rainier Day 1: Trail of the Shadows Hike, Longmire

OMHT Lake Project: Enid Lake, or Getting Lost Trying to Find It

In November 2015 I worked with Oregon's Mount Hood Territory (OMHT) to explore seven (and a half) lakes south of Mount Hood in 48 hours. This post is on that "half lake," as it were. It is on Enid Lake, a supposedly fun little spot just west Government Camp, Oregon... Or rather, this post would be about Enid, except I could not find it!

OMHT Lake Project: Enid Lake, or Getting Lost Trying to Find It

Bird Lake / Crooked Creek Trail Hike, Yakama Nation, Washington

Camped out at Bird Lake in the Yakama Nation this summer. Here are some images from hiking the Crooked Creek Trail. Wonderful hike with wildflowers, waterfalls, and mountain views. Unfortunately it was decimated by forest fires a few weeks after we left.

Bird Lake / Crooked Creek Trail Hike, Yakama Nation, Washington