Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SWF>>>Oregon

I am linking up my Oregon skies with Nature Notes and Skywatch Friday

These are some shots during our visit to the Columbia River, the Gorge and another waterfall at the Gorge. We stopped at various overlooks along the Columbia Gorge. At one of the overlooks we saw the sun shining beautifully on the Vista House.


Above is a pretty view of the sky, river and the Columbia Gorge Vista House.


Above, hubby made this trip up the Oneonta Gorge to see another waterfalls. The trail to the waterfalls was a watery one. To see the Oneonta Falls, hubby had to first climb over a big log jam and then walk up the stream thru this narrow gorge. He said at times the water was up to his waste and he was holding my spare camera over his head in a backpack.

 
Above is the Oneonta Waterfalls. Hubby took this hike alone and I stayed  near the parking lot looking for birds. Let just say I tried to get some bird photos, luckily I saw them enough to id some before they took off.


I tried so hard to catch some of the swallows  flying above me at the Gorge trailhead. I am not sure if they were Cliff Swallows or another species of swallows or maybe they were swifts. At times I thought they landed on the cliff walls. They flew fast, I did have fun watching them zoom all around me.


This was my attempt at trying to get a photo of the Stellar's Jay. You can see a blue flash.


LOL,  seriously I really tried getting some good Oregon bird shots. This was a Cedar Waxwing showing off his pretty backside and tailfeathers. 


The sky looked threatening but it did not rain. 


The sun tried to shine and had a small opening before setting behind the clouds for the evening. We stayed near the Columbia River for three days before heading to the Oregon Coast. During our week stay in Oregon I took over 1600 photos and that does not include photos I took at my SIL's wedding in Washington state.



To see more pretty Nature Scenes and skies please visit : Nature Notes  and Skywatch Friday

Thanks to Michelle the host of Nature Notes and to host of Skywatch: Sylvia and Sandy.  Thanks for stopping by to see my post. I hope the rest of the week and weekend is a safe and happy one for everyone.

57 comments:

Sue said...

What a beautiful falls. Your hubby was a good sport to hike back there by himself and take that shot.

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful sky in the top shot, and hooray for hubby in wading to get that shot! :)

Kerri said...

LOVE your header shot! Super captures ..... amazing waterfall!

rainfield61 said...

What a nice day you had.

Beautiful view and birds.

Debbie said...

amazing, amazing pictures and that ne header is WoW!!!

great teamwork!!

Leora said...

What a gorgeous place to visit. Love the waterfall and the river. Nice shot of the Cedar Waxwing.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. The waterfall is breathtaking.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I also love the header shot..it is amazing...you took a lot of really great photos...I am deleting all comments with links as well now, it is best to be safe. I enjoy knowing you through your blog and pictures.

Cloudy said...

Herrliche Aufnahmen und eine tolle Landschaft, es lohnt sicher mal einen Besuch...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Betsy Adams said...

Oh My Heart... That waterfall is beautiful... Not sure I could or would hike to see it---but I'll bet that George would... WOW!!!!!

We MUST make it to that area sometime... Beautiful!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Rambling Woods said...

wow..that is a lot of photos to go through but the scenery is fantastic so I can see why. My hubby would have loved that hike too and I would have stayed back..Thank you for linking in Eileen...Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely place! That waterfall is magnificent!

Claudia Moser said...

So wonderful and relaxing!

Hanne Bente said...

Incredibly beautiful pictures you show - did really well on the waterfall.
Wishing you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

Linda said...

The falls were gorgeous - I love those views! The sky shots are pretty awesome too - very dramatic! I smiled at the number of photos you took - I always take WAY more than I need to, just in case some of them don't look okay...and then I have the task of sorting through them!

magiceye said...

Brilliant captures all!!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow eileen! beautiful shots of the gorge, waterfall...skies & birds!

LOVE the shot through the narrow part of the gorge!!

Liz said...

Gorgeous falls! And lovely skies, Eileen!

George said...

I'm glad your husband was brave enough (and fit enough) to hike to the waterfall -- it's beautiful, and I doubt that I could do that hike. Your sky photos are marvelous.

Phil said...

Spectacular landscape shots there Eileen but I think might have been tempted to stay birding too rather thna wading chest deep. The things some folk will do for a good picture!

Jen said...

Gorgeous skies- I will have to check out that trail sometime when I feel like getting wet. Your Steller's Jay shot looks about right- I have so much trouble with them!

grammie g said...

Hi Elaine...Wow..that waterfall is awesome...I love a waterfall no matter the size, just as long as I am not looking up at it lol!!
Lovely skies to...thanks for sharing the beauty of this place !
Grace

Happyone said...

That was some hike and by the look of the falls worth every watery step.

Bob Bushell said...

The skies are brilliant Eileen.

Gillian Olson said...

Your hubby was brave to wade through the water all the way up to the falls, great picture. Such beautiful scenes.

joy said...

Thanhs for raking us along to this wonderful journey.

Anni said...

....More beautiful photos. Wow. They're beautiful....that's all I can say, words have left me.

Irene said...

Amazing captures ... stunning landscape. What a great place to visit!

Irene

Gunsside said...

Beautiful post, looks like you had a wonderful time shooting memories ;))

Gary said...

Beautiful post, Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures of some of my favorite places!! Hope you had a great trip to Oregon and Washington!! Have a great weekend, Eileen!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful sky shots, Eileen, and your header has an amazing view.

Have a great weekend!

Sally in WA said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen! Welcome to my neck of the world. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photos from here. Enjoy your upcoming weekend!

LifeRamblings said...

beautiful views and the waterfalls are gorgeous.

SandyCarlson said...

What a stunning place! Thanks, Eileen.

Rohrerbot said...

This would have been a blast! I love waters and I love water trails....just not when they go over your head:) Is it just me or is the word Gorge fun to say? We don't have those around here:)

Elaine said...

Wonderful photos! This part of the country always feels like home to me since I spent most of my younger years there.

NatureStop said...

I love your Header.Amazing shots of the watefall and skies. Have a great weekend!

Shantana

sceneoftranquility said...

Love the shot of the gorge.

chubskulit said...

That's a beautiful Falls.

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous scenery and a stunning sky!

Tiago Braga said...

The photo number one is so GEORGEOUS, great colors and place, amazing!

EG CameraGirl said...

What a wonderful adventure, Eileen. Your husband is a trooper to wade in up to his waste with your camera over his head! hat photographers will do to get a great photo. :))

NatureFootstep said...

your hubby is brave. I guess that going throug hall that trouble you have to know it i wroth it. And it was. :)

Al said...

Beautiful photos - I love that waterfall but don't think I would have waded through water that deep to see it either!

Denise said...

Breathtaking scenery and wonderful photos Eileen. It must have been an incredible trip. Have a great weekend!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photos. Your husband is a major explorer in going through water up to his waist. I wouldn't advise that in Oklahoma unless you are noodling.

Lina Gustina said...

Stunning views, Eileen.
Thanks for the visit :)

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Donna said...

Eileen I have always wanted to visit OR and now I must go...fabulous shots.

Riet said...

What a beautiful countryside that is. Wonderful photo 's Eileen.

TonyC said...

Great shots Eileen, love the waterfall

Black Jack's Carol said...

I once waded in a river with my camera over my head and my dog attached to me with a long leash. That gives me just a taste of your husband's much more impressive waterfall adventure :) I love your description of trying to catch swallows, since that is an experience I also have shared and enjoyed. You did great with the photos! This was a fun post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love seeing my own state through new eyes Eileen! We used to drive the Gorge many times a year as we're originally from Eastern Washington and that was the way we drove between our house in Oregon and to visit our families after we moved. I never tired of it and only hated it when we were in too bit of a hurry to stop at the Falls and other scenic places along there. (No more family up there any more.)

Celeste said...

Wow your hubby is very dedicated to get to that waterfall. I think I would have been with you looking at birds :)

betchai said...

oh, these are all very beautiful, Eileen, I love the hike you did at Oneonta Gorge.

ladyfi said...

How stunning!

Loredana Donovan said...

Love the waterfalls, how beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

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