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Pretty in Purple Photo Challenge

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I recently had my photo "Tilikum Crossing", selected as the winner of a photo challenge on one of my favorite social media sites for photographers, Viewbug .  The community is entirely of photographers and contains numerous contests with prizes, challenges, and opportunities to learn from fellow photographers.  Prints are available for this shot and please check out the story of how I planned for the shot in the "Behind The Lens" story at the bottom of the page on the link here.

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Hopefully we will be saying goodbye to winter within the next few weeks and gearing up for spring with all the wildflowers that will bloom!  Here's (hopefully) a farewell to winter taken from Starvation Creek State Park during the first of the 2016 storms.  I used a neutral density filter to set the exposure long and create the water motion seen in the photo.  If you enjoy this shot give me a +1!
#oregon #oregonstateparks #water #waterfall #creek #columbiarivergorge


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Moss and lichen cover the Columbia River Gorge, giving that amazing green that pops under cloudy days. Both are integral in climate research as they absorb many pollutants and indicate the overall health of an ecosystem.  Here is an image taken from above Latourell Falls in Oregon.

Portland Sunrise from Rocky Butte

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This is Mt. Hood shot from Rocky Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano carved by the Missoula floods between 13,000 to 15,000 years ago.  Even though I was upset about braving the cold up high on a butte it was very worth it to get some sunrise pictures.  Sunset is also beautiful here if you ever get the chance.

Tilikum Crossing in Portland, Oregon

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I spent Christmas morning freezing to get this shot near OMSI of the first U.S. designed bridge that only allows pedestrians and bikes. The name pays homage to the local Chinook term for "people". Also this bridge is lit every morning and night and looks amazing!

To The Gorge!

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I spent some time in the majestic Columbia River Gorge.  I love being out here both as a tourist in the fall and winter and a park ranger in the spring in summer.  The main attractions I saw today were the 620 foot tall Multnomah Falls and Viento State Park's river access.  My favorite part of the "Gorge" is how it not only changes landscapes within 20-30 miles of driving, but also how the seasons change the land as well.  +1 my page if you want to see more photos like these!

November Engagement Session

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The weather was your typical overcast, wet, and cold Portland winter. Luckily together we captured some dreamy images throughout and avoided the rain.  We went to several locations: downtown Portland, Forest Park, and Eastbank Esplanade.  I absolutely loved the black and white photo from Eastbank Esplanade near the railing with Morrison Bridge in the background.