Vista House at Crown Point

Having seen this scenic view of the Crown Point Vista House on numerous travel advertisements and from my airplane on the flight into Portland, I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to see it up close in person. Surprisingly, there is only one area from which you can actually see the Vista House from here due …

Munras Falls

Munras Falls was a pleasant surprise. We set out for Wahclella Falls and encountered Munras Falls, which is located right alongside the trail not too far from the trailhead. There aren’t too many waterfalls that you can get this close to without getting drenched so it was cool to be able to shoot upward at …

Punchbowl Falls

Punchbowl Falls is surrounded by some stunning scenery. Since the waterfall is set back within the mossy canyon, I had to boulder hop into the middle of the creek in order to get a decent look at the falls. It amazes me how few tourists actually go onto the trails and hike to the most …

Metlako Falls

Metlako Falls is an interesting waterfall in that it is located within a narrow canyon in Eagle Creek and that a patch of fog kept hanging around the falls. Metlako Falls is rather hard to see though unless you go over the retaining rail near the edge of the cliff. A little bit spooky for …

Wildflowers in Columbia River Gorge

Most of the forested trails within the Columbia River Gorge were lined with wildflowers. The flowers aren’t as big as they are in California, most were quite small in-fact, but they are equally as pretty. While hiking the Eagle Creek Trail, this patch of purple wildflowers caught my eye so I worked the scene to …

Ponytail Falls

After the Portland Japanese Garden, I met up with Seattle photographer, Rob Tilley, for several days of photography. Neither of us had been to the Columbia River Gorge before so after mulling over a bunch of websites, I decided that we would hike the Horsetail Falls Loop hike since there were several waterfalls to be …

Portland Japanese Garden

Apparently this maple tree is the local “icon” trophy photo. The tree itself is actually rather small so it’s easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. There were quite a bit of people here on this day even by regular opening time, so I think the best time to photograph is probably on a …

Portland

I just got back from my first trip to Oregon. Most of the trip was spent hiking and photographing within the amazing Columbia River Gorge but I also had a chance to spend a little bit of time within Portland as well. I haven’t seen that much of it, but I can tell that Oregon …

Canada Goose Family

It was very windy out on this evening when the Canada Geese tried to retire for the evening. I’m sure some of the women out there that read my blog (like my mom) can relate to this Canada Goose family photo. This was the most unique thing that I witnessed during this trip and it …

Two Jack Lake

Two Jack Lake is a location that I’d like to photograph some more on my next visit. I saw a lot of potential here that I wasn’t quite able to figure out. I think if the water were calm that it would have been amazing. See more of my Banff National Park photos.