Of Dogs and Mountains

My dog Cookie and I spent the last few days backpacking in Oregon’s Mount Hood Wilderness.  At about 6:30pm on Saturday night, Cookie and I were hiking along at about 6500 feet when we came across  a woman camped on Gnarl Ridge—her tent pitched looking out at an amazing view of Mt. Jefferson and the South Sister.

Her only mistake was that she left the front door of her tent unzipped and wide open. At this point Cookie saw her opportunity. We watched helplessly as Cookie (who was exhausted from 25 miles of hiking during the previous days) burst into the tent, dusty paws, doggy pack and all, and proceeded to crawl into this woman’s sleeping bag! Unfortunately I was too embarrassed to take the time for a photograph, but here’s a few shots of Cookie on the trail. (Click on the images to see larger versions).

Read more...

A Weekend in Washington

Kim and I decided to head north for the weekend (well at least for about 24 hours or so). We set up camp a few feet off the road near Washington’s Lower Lewis River Falls. From there we did a small bit of hiking and then headed up to an overlook to watch the sunset behind Mt. St. Helens. Not a bad way to spend a summer weekend in the Pacific Northwest!

Read more...

Leslie Gulch

Deep in Oregon’s southeast corner sits an immense tract of jagged rock formations, sagebrush steppe and strikingly colored desert known as the Owyhee Canyonlands. This is Oregon’s “Grand Canyon” – one of the largest unprotected roadless areas in the continental United States. And it contains hundreds of miles of wild and scenic rivers and a geological beauty that rivals desert lands that many Oregonian’s believe only exist in southern Utah.  Here are some shots from a trip I recently made to Leslie Gulch in late June.

Read more...

Bethany – Portland Fashion Photographer

A lot of people don’t realize that gloomy days sometimes produce the most spectacular photographs. Bright sunny days create harsh shadows that are sometimes difficult to work with and don’t produce the most flattering images.  Here’s some shots of Bethany that we took during a break in the rain at the McMenamin’s Edgefield conference center in Troutdale, Oregon.

Read more...

Trillium Lake Stars

Some people have a strange idea of fun.  For me it’s all about staying up for over 24 hours to spend the night on a Mountain watching and photographing the stars. The clear skies and new moon last night called for a bit of a star party! Here’s the night sky over Mount Hood and Trillium Lake. (Click on the image to see a larger version).

Read more...