Thursday, August 9, 2012

SWF>>Columbia River

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday and Green Day

I still have lots of images from my vacation in Oregon, On this day we were still hanging and traveling around the Columbia River Gorge area.  There were more birds to be found and more waterfalls to see and we did manage to see somewhat of a pretty sunset on the Columbia River.


We took a hike to see the Bridal Veil Falls near the old Scenic Highway. The green moss and ferns are pretty along the cliff of the waterfall. Birds seen and heard here were the Swainson's Thrush, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Cedar Waxwings and some Crows. I was also hearing Nuthatches but they were hiding in the treetops and teasing me.

Except for the size I find it hard to tell a Crow from the larger sized Raven. I believe the beak is a little different too.

A family of common mergansers were seen near the fish hatchery.


When we are on vacation we are constantly moving around beside stopping along the gorge we drove around the loop of Mt Hood to Timothy Lake. Here I also saw and heard more Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Nuthatches and more Thrushes.









I like the various shades of color left in the sky after the sun had set. I hope you enjoyed my photos. I have the Columbia coastline coming up next.  Thanks for stopping by to see my skywatch post.

To see more beautiful skies from around the world check out : Skywatch Friday  and more Greenery is seen at Green Day. Thanks Sylvia and Sandy the host of Skywatch Friday and to Fiona the host of Green Day.

67 comments:

Linda said...

I do love those shots of the sunset! The colors always amaze me - and the changes are sometimes so rapid that you miss them if you blink! Love that shot of crow/raven...I never know the difference anyway! Have a great day (I slept in until 5am - WOW!)

Timeless said...

I love hidden slot canyons where green mosses, ferns and other lush plants find a hidden niche within the microclimate environs of a secret waterfall, especially when found in the desert. Beautiful photos as always.

The waterfall with mosses reminded me a bit of Zion National Park in Utah.


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Cloudy said...

Tolle Aufnahmen aus einer grandiosen Landschaft...

Lieben Gruß
CL

diane b said...

It sure is a beautiful area. Love the waterfall and the sun with a cloud floating in front. Stunning.

Dan Huber said...

Great series Eileen. If you don't hear the classic raven call, another way to tell is in flight watching their tail. Ravens have a more curved tail arc, crows are more square

Linda Gross said...

What a gorgeous sunset! Sometimes the best colors are seen a little while AFTER the sunset, as you have shown so well in your photograph.

Carver said...

Absolutely stunning shots.

Debbie said...

goodness, what a beautiful sunset! almost takes your breath away!!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful falls and sunset. like the mergansers, too!

rainfield61 said...

The world is beautiful because it is full of colours.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful sunset photos! I really like the last one!

Jen said...

Aw the little merganser family is super cute.. Glad you had a good time here!

Jo said...

Eileen, seeing the falls made me very homesick for Kenya. Your sunset is amazing. Excellent capture, perfect timing. Have a wonderful weekend. Greetings. Jo

betchai said...

oh, very beautful sunset, Eileen, so breathtaking, you have such a beautiful vacation.

Denise said...

I always enjoy your photos Eileen, and your travels. Thank you so much!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful waterfall, all those mosses!

A Quiet Corner said...

Mosses are one of my favorites to admire and your sunset is much better than the one I tried to get the other night!...:)JP

sceneoftranquility said...

a very scenic river view here.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

beautiful waterfall...AND what a magical sunset!! gorgeous colors!

birds can be very good at that teasing thing, huh?? i hate it when they do that! :)

Light and Voices said...

Wonderful sunset photo!
Joyce M

Sally in WA said...

Nice capture of the sunset. Enjoy the weekend!

NatureFootstep said...

nice waterfall.
It is easier, I think, to tell tte difference between black crow and raven in flight. Their siluette differs.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures, beautiful waterfalls, glorious skies and it has to have been a wonderful vacation! Thanks, Eileen, for sharing the beauty with us!! Have a great weekend!!

Montanagirl said...

Gorgeous sunsets! Really like those Mergansers.

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful captures from your vacation. Love the sunset!!

LifeRamblings said...

beautiful skies. looks like a perfect getaway.

Rohrerbot said...

That sunset is really awesome. You and Joop really know how to capture those shots wonderfully. I'd love to see a Merganseer out in the wild. What a cool find! You must have had a feast with your camera at all of the scenery:)

Meoww said...
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Meoww said...

My God, awesome set of pics. Really enjoyed them :)

Mumsy said...

Oregon looks so pretty through your photos! Beautiful nature to see, and love the sunset over the water body..

blog said...

Lovely sky shots esp the last few ones, marvelous colors too.

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Linnea said...

Gorgeous scenery and nature. Love that sunset! Wow!

Carol said...

I enjoy all your photo's, Eileen, but the sunset is absolutely breathtaking. Just beautiful. So is the Lake!

Jim said...

Great skies.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Island Rambles Blog said...

such lovely and lush photos, green and like a rainforest. Oh and the sunset, that was a gift..and you got great photos of it!!

Nancy Claeys said...

I love how clear the water is at the hatchery... amazing. :)

chubskulit said...

Captured beautifully.. May you enjoy a great weekend.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great photos Eileen, especially the sunset shots!

Elaine said...

Beautiful images!!

sexta-feira said...

Amazing, as always! You are very talented!
Enjoy your weekend! ;)

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, what GORGEOUS shots they are!!!
Hiking aroud the fall must me so refreshing♡♡♡
Oh, how wondeful sun set scene is and birds are lovely!!!
Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful pictures.
Have a lovely weekend!!!
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

oldthings said...

Dear Eileen
Great photos ! Your vacation was full of colours ,calm and happiness !
Olympia

Ellie said...

These are lovely shots - I really appreciate a sunset shot and yours are really lovely.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Really like your sunsets.
Wishing you a good weekend :)
Hanne Bente

Gary said...

Beautiful sunset!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Wonderful pictures. I've come over from Green Friday and am so glad that I did!! I look forward to seeing the restso I've joined your followers. Joan

Lina Gustina said...

Always enjoying your lovely shots, Eileen...thanks for the visit :)

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✿ chica said...

São lindas tuas fotos!beijos,chica

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like a super vacation! It's great that you and your husband enjoy doing the same sorts of things.

Al said...

Wonderful photos, that is such a beautiful part of the country.

Eileen said...

Beautiful! The 1st and 4th are my favourites.

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely clicks :)

Riet said...

Oh Eileen such beautiful photo's again. I think my favorite is the first one.

afanja said...

Must have been a wonderful vacation, at least your pictures are beautiful. The pictures of the sunset are gorgeous.

Chris said...

Your sunset shots are superb and I love the first one a lot.. All these birds you saw are like dream birds to see for me :-)

Bethe77 said...

I just love the Gorge! Im so glad it is my backyard I can play in. Love your photos.
Blessings

Emille said...

That looks very steep there by the waterfall -stunningly beautiful! And your image for SWF is perfect!!

Orvalho do Céu said...

Olá,
Fica difícil optar qual mais linda... a do lago sereno... a do por do sol... enfim, tudo uma beleza rara aos nossos olhos por aqui...
Deus te cubra de bênçãos e e te faça feliz!!!
Abraços fraterno de paz

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely Eileen! I've seen a whole bunch of different ways to tell crows and ravens apart and I still never know -- not sure if anybody does.

SquirrelQueen said...

That sunset is gorgeous. Isn't the Columbia gorge a wonderful place? You were about 3 hours west of me when you were there.

Ravens are about 3-4 times larger than crows, they are huge. The also have a curved bill with a little tuft of hair at the top, crows don't have that. When I lived in Anchorage the ravens were everywhere, I got to see them often and close. There are few things more unnerving than returning to your car in a quiet parking lot and suddenly hearing that loud caw right above your head on the light pole.

missing moments said...

Love your photos. We visited Oregon last year ... such a beautiful state! And the geography was so diverse.

Fiona said...

Morning Eileen,

I hope that all is well with you.

Thanks so much for linking up again with Green Day

I am sorry that I have not been around for the last week or so
but I have my Mum staying with me at the moment and feel guilty
if I don't give her my time and so haven't been on the computer much.

I will have so much catching up to do
when Mum goes home that it will take me until Christmas
to get through all the posts I have missed!

Have a lovely weekend.

x Fiona

Love Bears All Things said...

The scenery there is breath taking. I hope to visit someday before I get too old to hike.
Mama Bear

Irene said...

Awesome shots ... what a lovely place to visit!

Wish you a great weekend!

Liz said...

Another lovely series, Eileen and a lovely sunset!

Findlay Wilde said...

Your Mergansers are the same as our Goosanders.
From Findlay

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The waterfalls are so dramatic! Beautiful in every direction!

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