Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

I happen to have the good fortune to witness a Triple Zig Zag last year when I was visiting family in Oregon. We were staying in a place that located near Zig Zag, Oregon and while in Zig Zag I happened to be looking at Zig Zag Mountain when a cloud began to zig and zag its way down the side of the mountain. The experience is memorialized in the photo shown below:)  It shows: (1) a zig zagging cloud (2) flowing down Zig Zag Mountain (3) in Zig Zag, Oregon. The “Triple Zig Zag” is my contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Zig Zag.

Down Zig Zag Mountain - April 20, 2013

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Shore and Ocean - April 16, 2013 - 0228

There are places like this location on the Oregon coast where it is not always clear where ocean and shore begin and end. Streams flowing down from the hills along the shore cut wide paths through the beach allowing the salt water and fresh water to mingle. Large waves crash nearby and the ocean’s waves are readily visible here but do not dominate this enclave (at least not now). Thus, here land gradually becomes sea and sea gradually becomes land and the earth continues on its way. I hope you enjoy my contribution to this week’s Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Continuous.

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” ~ Alan Watts

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.

 

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.

Lost in Oregon 4 (actually unlost but embarrasingly so)

This is a little embarrassing. [I’ll warn you now, as usual it is going to take me a bit to get to the point of this story.. For those of you who read the end of the book first, go to the second paragraph.] We finally got “unlost” and as we drove down a highway with an actual sign on it I noticed this rather large object. Now if this popped up in Wisconsin we would definitely call it a mountain. The highway we were on in Oregon was a state highway and on most state highways in Wisconsin the local business folks are offered ample opportunity to put up signs explaining in significant detail what their establishment offered and how it was intimately associated with this object. Hypothetically if this was Mt. Hood and it was in Wisconsin, you would have signs somewhere to the Mt. Hood Buttery Buns Bakery, the Mt. Hood Fudge Shoppe, the Ye Olde Mt. Hood Buttery Fudge Shop, the Mt. Hood Cafe (“Voted Best Buns in Mt. Hood in 2009”) and so on. Of course there would also be lots of signs for places to stay (the Mt. Hood WonderAire Lodge: 12 Cabins, HBO, Free Internet, Vacancy; or, The Villa at Mt. Hood; etc.). In the big tourist areas like the Wisconsin Dells (no knock on the Dells here, but it is not as big as the hill pictured above) the signs will advertise the hotel’s convention center and indoor water park, in addition to the usual amenities. We are a full service tourist state and there is plenty to do here. However, we are so full service that if you come here and prefer never to leave your room or your hotel, you can still have a great time or so I have been told … mainly by people with small children … actually some even with slightly older children. But I digress.

My point, finally, is that I am used to places with signs telling me what the heck I am looking at and here there were NO SIGNS for any local establishments or anything that simply had an arrow that pointed to this very large unidentified object and said XXXXX Mountain or Mt. ZZZZZ. As a result, I do not know what this is a picture of. It is more than a little embarrassing to have a nice photo and to have someone say, “Is that Mt. Hood? or “What is that a picture of?” and have to respond “Have you ever been to Oregon” to find out if you can just say “It is a photo of the other side of Mt. Hood (the side that you never see a picture of)” to hide your shame:). However, the good thing about getting this photo is that I would never have been able to see what ever this place is had we not gotten lost and while I am currently unable to tell people what this object is, I can show them (at least I can show close friends) this photo and say with pride: “I was there.”