The Life

What could be better for a landscape photographer than trekking up and down the beautiful Oregon coast photographing the wonders of God’s creation?  Perhaps taking timeout for a nap atop a dune with the cloud-muted sun shining down, light breeze in the air, and a temperature of 65F! 

Multnomah Falls

From Wikipedia:  Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with […]

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Lush

A picture is worth ….   Everyone knows how to complete this sentence.  It is often cliche, but oh so true. The forests of Oregon, and in this case the Columbia River Gorge area, are lush beyond belief.  I hope this image does justice to this fact.  And if so, just imagine what it must be […]

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White Oak Sink Falls

I posted a fall version of this back in October, but spring has such a different feel with the greenery.  I wish timing had worked out for us to experience the flowers at peak, but the textures of the green ferns and ground cover did not disappoint.  Carl’s presence is important to comprehend the scale […]

Goats?

Who said cats are curious?  Our most frequent visitors were mountain goats, around the camp as well as during our hikes.  These guys and gals wandered around my tripod as you can see.  Note:  this image was taken with a 35mm fixed focal length lens, which means I was only about 5-8 feet away!

Remnants

The weather for the remainder of the trip was outstanding.  This was taken on Wednesday, day 3 of the trip as the final clouds were clearing out.

Posted in: Backpacking, Colorado, Landscapes by Mark 2 Comments

Drying Out

After setting up camp, things needed time to dry out. 

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Chicago Basin

Hiking distance from the Train to the Chicago Basin:  4.5 miles.  Not bad, huh?  No big deal.  Most anyone can walk 4+ miles in an afternoon at a slow pace, right? Oops, I forgot a few pertinent details:  Elevation increase of 2,500ft (to 10,800ft above sea level); 50lb. pack; rain; pouring rain; hail; pouring rain […]

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From Train to Trail

The train ride was a fun experience.  One of the things that impressed me was the personnel operating the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge (D&SNG).  These guys were the “real deal”.  One often finds new technology underneath the covers and behind the facade of today’s replication of the retro.  Not in this case.  This was […]

All Aboard!

July 25, 2011 began a unique experience.  It was the launch of my first backpacking trip, following many months of planning and preparation.  Destination:  The Chicago Basin in the San Juan Mountains between Durango and Silverton, CO.  5 Days and 4 nights communing with nature.  There would be no cell phone access, no computers, no […]

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