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Saturday, March 15, 2014

LEWIS AND CLARK HIGHWAY


Looking across the mighty Columbia River
 into the mountains of Oregon.


Last Saturday I took a ride on the Lewis and Clark Highway here in Washington. It runs along the Columbia River. I didn't know what to expect as I had not taken this route before -- I just wanted to find something to photograph as I have been at a loss finding subject matter in Vancouver.

I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful wildness of the area. The day was rainy and very overcast but I still tried to catch some shots of the area. In the photo above I was looking from the Washington side over to the Oregon side when I took this photo of twin Oregon falls that are in abundance along Oregon's river roadway. Oregon and Washington border each other and are separated by the Columbia River.  

In my bottom photo is the wild type of landscapes one encounters on the highway on the Washington side.

I plan on taking in this area again as I only saw a small portion of its beauty. Hopefully I will pick a non-rainy day with some sun.







Addendum: I have since found out that the falls in the photo above are the Multnomah and Mist Falls

24 comments:

  1. Wow...the top photo looks almost like a painting. Beautiful. Both are great, but love, love, love the first one.

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    1. Tmoon -- Thanks for the very nice comment about my photos. -- I was surprised when I raised my camera to take the shot of the top photo -- I hadn't noticed the falls until then. It seems when we raise our camera for a shot we suddenly notice more than with our naked eyes. -- barbara

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  2. Beautiful scenery whatever the weather. The water falls are lovely. You have landed up in a very photogenic place.

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    1. June -- Yes nature does abound once outside the Vancouver area. Enjoyed getting outside the reaches of the city atmosphere. -- barbara

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  3. The first time I drive that way I was swept into the might of the river. It moves with power. "Roll on, Columbia, roll on. Your power is turning our darkness to dawn..."
    I simply cannot imagine pioneering there.

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    1. Joanne -- So you are familiar with the Columbia River. You do know what I am talking about when I say it is a mighty river -- and hauntingly beautiful. I always thought the Mississippi was a powerful river until I saw the Columbia -- thanks -- barbara

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  4. The texture of the bottom photograph was like a soft terrycloth towel saturated with natures scent of wind and greenery.

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    1. Raining Iguanas -- this area was full of textures or another way of saying it is natural diversity. A powerful area -- thanks -- barbara

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  5. Oh my goodness...the size, scope, the immensity of things in the west...while back here in the east our mountains have softened and lie much closer into the earth. Thanks and I will look forward to more of this kind of beauty from you!

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    1. Barb -- You nailed it -- "the immensity of things in the west." You give me incentive to take in more of the naturalness of this area in my photos. thanks -- barbara

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  6. We followed the Lewis and Clark trail all the way from Montana to the famous fort near Astoria Oregon a few year back. How interesting and the spectacular views! Now we'll have to do it again but this time be sure to follow the Washington side of the Columbia. Thanks Barbara! :)

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    1. troutbirder -- Wow! What a trip that would be. When I came out here a few months ago some folks had told me to take the Washington side of the Columbia to Vancouver but of course the Oregon side was faster and that is what I took. Now at my leisure I can discover the Washington side of the river. -- thanks for the comment -- barbara

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    1. Birdman -- I have not read Undaunted Courage but plan on reading it soon -- after-all their footprints are nearby. thanks for the reminder about the book -- barbara

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  8. How gorgeous & wild. I love the way you say, "The Mighty Columbia River". I fell in love with that part of the country on a cross country car trip with classmates while in high school. Thank you for briniging me back. You are an explorer & I suspect the process for you is as rewarding as the treasures that you find & share. Thank you...Rita

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    1. Rita -- Perhaps you will remember the wildness from your high school days. To me it is still a natural wild place -- much of it is preserved. Maybe you will get the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest again. I lived in Oregon for several years in the 90s and loved that area. If only we can keep the beauty of these western states -- so much pressure from development especially the oil and gas industry but know that is happening all over. thanks -- barbara

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  9. That is quite a photo with the falls. Lewis and Clark....such adventurous, and courageous, men. Not to mention their female guide :)

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    1. Michelle -- Thankfully the Lewis and Clark is still beautiful. Sacajawea was a great asset to the expedition. I plan on visiting that area again and hopefully soon. thanks -- barbara

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  10. I think that I mighr feel at home in this kind of landscape and climate :-)

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    1. RuneE -- Perhaps you might. Still rather cold here but hardly any snow all winter. Lots of rain -- lots! The Pacific Northwest is a temperate rain forest. Do you still feel that our climate and environment are like yours? thanks for the comment -- barbara
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  11. One thing I got accustomed to, living in the Portland area,was sightseeing in the rain!

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    1. Hattie -- That is funny. My first experience with the Pacific Northwest was in Oregon. I got so used to the rain that I too headed out the door, no matter if it was raining, usually with an umbrella. I think I left more umbrellas behind in stores than most folks. Go in a store it would be raining -- come out it was sunny. It seemed to be off and on like that through the winter. thanks -- barbara

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  12. Pretty darn majestic, those falls! Do go back and get more pics for us!

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    1. Vicki -- Knowing how you like nature I am sure you would enjoy this area -- thanks for your comment -- barbara

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