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I call this the Moose Antlers; someone else calls it The Altar. Notice the circular hole at left, indicating how thin some of these flakes of Navajo sandstone can be. Found at Soap Creek, Paria Plateau.

Tags:   AZ arizona soapcreek flake fin mooseantlers sandstone navajosandstone vermilioncliffs pariaplateau psa104 Chief Bwana

N 28 B 283 C 5 E May 25, 2015 F May 27, 2015
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Alas, this is history - the upper ice stream no longer meets the lower one...

Tags:   Switzerland schweiz suisse alpen Alps alpes glacier Graub√ľnden engadine bernina morteratsch boval agfa scala b/w slide

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N 1 B 9 C 1 E Apr 16, 2015 F May 27, 2015
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Wild turkey are common in the Columbia River Gorge. Two of them interrupted their feeding to "check me out". They must have thought I looked harmless, because they returned their attention to eating almost immediately.

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Back from my road trip to Utah and Colorado, my wife flew home less than a week after I returned from the road trip. When it came time for her to return to Colorado the kids had a surprise for her. They wanted her to fly down to Phoenix to spend Mother's Day in the sun (My wife LOVES hot weather and sunshine).

She flies standby (two of our three kids work for airlines), so the best flight was from Portland to Phoenix, so down the Columbia River we headed. My wife's flight left at dawn, so I decided to take cameras and day hiking gear with me and camp two nights in the Columbia River Gorge.

One of my son's had seen some outstanding photos of wildflowers above Rowena Crest, taken from the Tom McCall Point hike in the preserve there. I had stopped at Rowena Crest lots and lots of times before but never ever had I taken the short hike up to Tom McCall Point. Turned out to be a winner.

Keeping this short: I camped Sunday night and Monday night at the Deschutes River campground (inexpensive and with hot showers). I had a ton of baby Canada Geese for camping neighbors.
Weather was soup to nuts. Calm then high winds. HOT then cold. Sunny then rain showers. I had by A/C on in the pickup one time and the heater going full blast the next. Crazy.

I had never stopped at the Sturgeon Pond at the Bonneville dam (fascinating creatures), so I did that. I hiked up to the top of Larch Mountain and took walks along the Deschutes to stretch my legs.

In all I drove to Rowena Crest three times on three different days: Sunday afternoon (hot dusty with a million people, I didn't stay long); Monday when I hiked to the top of Tom McCall Point; and Tuesday morning for a few more photo ops along the lower portion of the trail.

These photos may or may not be in chronological order but ... here they are.

Tags:   Tom McCall Point hike Columbia River gorge wildflowers cornflower bachelors button Brodiaea howellii Centaurea cyanus Buckbrush Ceanothus integerrimus desert parsley poison oak Rowena Crest scenic and historic Oregon highway 30


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