Posts Tagged ‘Columbia River Gorge’

What a wonderful challenge idea Cee.

Here is my story of water – from droplet to ocean and back again. I hope you enjoy the rather lengthy journey.

The first stop is two drops of water that are held by bits of moss.

Raindrops on moss

Raindrops on moss

While much of this water will sink back into the earth to replenish aquifers or run off to do duty elsewhere, some will evaporate. Evaporated these two water drops band together with millions of billions of others to form clouds that can be jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Rural Railroad Crossing - July 19, 2013 - 73

However, those same water drops can become nightmarishly dangerous if you are driving on a rural highway in the blinding rain.

Traveling America - Downpour on Highway 2-2

Of course these water drop can also fall in the form of snow …

In the Cascades - April 17, 2013 - 43

or may become ice and form gigantic glaciers or the most delicate of structures.

Flight.

The gathering of water is among the most common sights on earth given that more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.

Water readily forms puddles …

Circlepalooza - April 19, 2013

and ponds.

Spring at Army Ammunition Plant - May 05, 2014 - 068

Left to its own devices  it will gather into cleansing wetlands.

Cherokee Marsh in the Fog - September 26, 2013 - 53

Water is the great way station and play station for a myriad of wildlife from Canadian Geese

Goose Prepares for Flight - October 02, 2013 - 68-E

to bald eagles (here an immature bald eagle)

Immature Bald Eagle - January 10, 2014 - 15

to Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill Cranes1

When the drops of water do not sink into the ground, they gather together first into streams …

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0038

that lead to great lakes like Lake Michigan

Sunset on Lake Michigan

and mighty rivers like the Columbia River

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0416

… all inexorably making their way to the oceans.

Here we see two surfers in the Pacific near Cannon  Beach in Oregon,

Surfers near Cannon Beach. OR

while the view of the Pacific in Monterey is much more peaceful.

There is a House Back There

It is in the oceans that the water, heated by the sun, drives the climate. Eventually that water freshened by evaporation raises itself again and ultimately gathers itself into the weather systems we watch for and when the rain falls we see in it our own renewal.

Self-portrait

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0016_7_8

The setting alone is worth making The Vista House located in the Columbia River Gorge a masterpiece.

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0016_7_8

 

I posted a photo earlier today of the Vista House on the Columbia River Gorge. Here is a different perspective. I prefer this one because by taking a few steps to the left and getting up a little higher I got a better view of the background promontory and I liked the symmetry. This is a HDR composite of 3 images. From my little sample, it appears that the Columbia Gorge is the kind of place, particularly if you move at my pace, that you could easily spend a week photographing each month and it would still take years to really see it.

 

The Columbia River Gorge - Golden Moment

Depending on where you are living around the world I hope you enjoy this photo of the Columbia River Gorge in the northwest U.S. as you go to bed or get up in the morning.

Columbia River Gorge - Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls is one over 30 waterfalls located within roughly 15 miles of each other along or around the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.

Columbia River Gorge - The Vista House

I have finally got through most of my photos of my trip from trip to Oregon and wanted to post a few of them. Here is one of the Vista House, which is located on a promontory overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The tale of the Vista House is interesting and worth checking out.

The Vista House on Crown Point - April 21, 2013

The Vista House (top right third of photo) on Crown Point overlooks the Columbia River Gorge and provides a nice point of reference and sense of proportion of this view of the Cascade Mountains as the Columbia River continues to cut its way through them and it my contribution to this weeks Word a Week Challenge.