A few weeks ago, Emily took Aisy out for a lunch date so the boys and I grabbed a burger and headed off to expolore Powell Butte. The main road up to the parking lot is closed as there is an underground water resevoir that is almost finished, but not quite done.
There are tons of trails up here, and it seems like a pretty fun place to ride bikes, so I'm sure we'll be back with wheels sometime soon.
I posted this image as part of a set late last year, but came across it this morning and wanted to give it a little rework with some new post processing ideas.
This is located on the Alvord Desert salt flats in Southeastern Oregon in the rain shadow of the Steens mountains.
Some mornings, you have to ditch your normal workout routine and go for a run. On the occasional morning, you look at the sky before stepping out the door and you grab the GoPro because it's kind of a hassle to get the iPhone out of your arm band if you want to make a photo.
Not the best composition- in fact it was pressed up against a chain link fence, but the whole run was bathed in this beautiful light.
Sometimes I wish I had some huge platform that would make a difference so I could scream this stuff and actually change the way things are. I don't think I can say it any clearer than Nilay Patel-
THE INTERNET IS A UTILITY, JUST LIKE WATER AND ELECTRICITY
Go ahead, say it out loud. The internet is a utility...
It’s time to just end these stupid legal word games and say what we all already know: internet access is a utility. A commodity that should get better and faster and cheaper over time. Anyone who says otherwise is lying for money.
We're pretty lucky to live so close to stuff like this. This waterfall is a 25 minute drive and a 20 minute hike from my front door. Of course it takes a little bit longer than that with 3 kids, snacks, walking sticks and a stop for gas and more snacks.
This was also Roger's first hike since the last time we went out in November the day before he found out he had cancer. He is recovering well and has a new camera body to boot. We stopped quite a bit to make photos.
My favorite part - "Hippies Use Side Door"
About 2 or 3 times a year, I end up driving to pick up my kids after they spend the weekend with their Grandparents in Coos Bay. Yesterday was one of those days. The last couple times I've left early for the drive and scheduled a detour. This time it was to Silver Falls State park east of Salem.
I only had time to visit the South falls which is very close to the main parking and the visitor's center. Here in Oregon, we've had a formidable amount of rain over the past week or so and I was hoping that would make for a heavy flow through the falls.
I wasn't disappointed.
I spent about a half hour in a couple different locations, but all near the foot bridge where I made this photo. I used my 18-55 kit lens as I just couldn't get the composition I wanted with my favorite lens - the Zeiss 24. As I was on the bridge, any further back would have included said bridge in the photo - Not quite what I was after for this image.
I also used a neutral Density filter to allow me to use a longer exposure without having to stop down the aperture any further. It's one of the variable units that allows you to change the light stopping effect by rotating the front element. A little imprecise, but it got the job done.
I love this location and fully intend to make an intentional trip there in the spring with time to hike the whole 7 mile loop and visit all 10 of the falls.
All day long, there was a constant crackling of ice falling falling from the trees and hitting the frozen crust over the snow on the ground. It finally slowed down around 8 or 9 pm as the temperatures dropped below feezing again. I happened to walk outside for one last glimpse of the ice before heading to bed, but I ended up grabbing my tripod and staying out there for another 30 minutes or so.
It was hard to get an image that was reasonably sharp as the tiniest breeze kept gently swaying the branches ruining otherwise good versions. I finally settled on a pretty high ISO setting so I could keep the shutter speed as short as possible.
When all is said and done, this is how it felt.
I've been waiting for a few days of freezing temperatures for a couple months now so the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge would freeze. I've always loved photos of them, but hadn't seen them myself or had the chance to make photos.
Luckily there was a long enough break in the wind and snow for the kids and I to drive out there and check out a few. Our first stop was Elowah falls which we just visited a few weeks ago in much warmer temperatures.
The hike in was a little more work than the kids remembered, but I kept assuring them it would be worth it and it was. Emily called us about half-way in and told us that the weather reporters were warning of an approaching storm that was going to arrive earlier than we had expected. That gave us some motivation to push a little harder.
On the way back to Portland we stopped and checked out Horsetail falls and Multnomah falls.
My kids have been complaining about the lack of snow here in Portland for the last couple years and it has now arrived. We haven't had this kind of snow since 2009 or so.
Luckily schools and the bank closed early today so while Emily worked from home and baked chocolate chip cookies, the kids and I took full advantage of the white stuff.