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Flowers at Tom McCall Point 

19 Jul

My last post was a landscape photograph from the hike at Rowena overlook hike on the Tom McCall preserve in Oregon. These photographs showcase flowers that I saw on the hike. I really enjoyed all of the purples and blues in the flowers that were blooming.


When I was there last I got to see all of the yellow flowers at their peek which was also magnificent. I hope you enjoy my shots and have a great week!

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Burnt trees and flowers at Tom McCall Hike

13 Jul

For mothers day my mom and I took our cameras out to Tom McCall Point hike at Rowena overlook and spent the afternoon photographing the view and wild flowers of this beautiful Oregon hike.

Burnt trees surrounded by beautiful wildflowers in Oregon.

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It looks like there was a fire since I had been there last and there was this beautiful view of these burnt trees surrounded by the wildflowers of spring. These were my favorite photographs from the day.

Burnt trees at Tom McCall preserve surrounded by beautiful wildflowers in Oregon.

Photography of Multnomah Falls

3 Feb

This fall I had the pleasure of having the opportunity to show my cousin around the Portland, Oregon area for a day.

My cousin is from New York, which has its fair share of beautiful hikes, landscapes, and waterfalls to be sure. If you only think of New York as the Big Apple you should really check out one of my posts from trips I have taken out there.

In any case I wanted to show her a little of the many things I love about the greater Portland area and the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls was high on my list. I had never in my 30 years of living in the Pacific Northwest hiked all the way to the top of the falls so I decided to take this opportunity to share that experience with my cousin.

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It turns out, it is really steep at parts, but it seems at the spot everyone stops to take a rest or give up, you are basically there. So if you go and feel like you have hit your limit, take a breather and plug on, you are probably really, really close!

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The top has a beautiful view of the gorge and you can see the falls as they drop over the cliff. I will say that from the top, that is about all you can see of the large falls, but there is a small falls just before the drop off, and the view of the gorge plus the acompishment were worth the rather short trek.

After we looked over the edge we back tracked a bit to this little bridge which is where Larch Mountain Trail splits off of the Multnomah Falls Trail. I loved how lush and green it was in this spot.

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Photographs of Family Trip to Smith Rock

29 Jan

Two weeks ago I shared a couple of my favorite photographs from the short trip my family took to Smith Rock in September and I have a few more photographs that show more what it was like to be visiting that magnificent Oregon State park. We ended up doing quite a long loop that was a bit much for my kids. I ended up giving each of them turns on my back for the last mile or two.

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It was really neat to see the climbers in action, especially the ones on Monkey Face which is almost unfathomable to me. We got to watch three people come down off the top of it. The next most facinating thing was watching someone tight rope walk across a giant cliff to another cliff, it really made me worry that person would fall, so much so that I did not even want to photograph it.

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The blue sky was quite vibrant this day which was way in my initial post I was hesitant to make the photographs black and whiye, even though I really like the end result.

Mt Hood and Downtown Portland

11 Jan Mount Hood and Downtown Portland, Oregon

I cannot believe it took me this many years to find this spot in Portland, Oregon! A friend and I decided we are going to try and hike all of Wildwood trail in Forest Park this year and set out this last Sunday to start. We began our hike at the Audobon Society of Portland and walked up to Pittock Mansion where we were able to view downtown Portland and Mount Hood at the same time, it was a beautiful site!

Mount Hood and Downtown Portland, Oregon

Close Up at Mt. Rainier National Park

24 Jul

I have been really lucky that most years an Aunt and Uncle of mine come from New York out to Oregon to go to the Oregon Country Fair and arrive in time for my birthday most times. We almost always take their visit as an opportunity to head out and go camping in either Oregon or Washington for a few days. This years was no different, except that I was graced with the presence of another one my aunts which was wonderful! This year we drove up to Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington.

We found a great camp site at the White River Camp grounds in Mt. Rainier National Park and then took off to do a short hike before dark. This was a trip where I had my kids along and hiking was enjoyable, but required a bit of, let’s say encouragement from all of the adults to make it past the parking lot. However, I did manage to get a few photographs of various things while on the trip and so for this weeks photography challenge of close up, I am sharing from these photographs.

It was beautiful and there were quite a few wildflowers still hanging around, although in comparison to most other years they were actually very early, we had apparently missed the huge show of flowers by at least a week.

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The flowers of course bring out the pollinators and so we got to see several different butterflies however this was the only on I captured staying still.

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Of course there is nothing quite like being up close to a beautiful mountain, although they tend to photograph better from a bit further back in my opinion. This was taken at Sunrise on the hike up to frozen lake, which was in no way frozen this trip.

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8 Week Black & White Photography Challenge: Week 4 Fern

14 May

I was very fortunate to be taken to do some of my favorite things for Mother’s day this last weekend. I started my day running with a friend. After my run I met my family for brunch. They stood in the 45 minute line before I arrived so I could just and sit down (maybe the best part).

After brunch at La Petite Patisserie we walked down Alberta street to Salt and Straw ice cream where I tasted each of the May flower flavors. I ended up getting a half scoop each of salted caramel and dandelion sorbet with wildflowers. Yummy!!

Next we wandered up the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge and bipassed the usual stop at Multnomah Falls to go to Horse Tail Falls, Ponytail Falls, and the Oneonta Gorge. It was beautiful and I want to go back on a really warm day and walk up the creek in the gorge to see the gorge from another perspective. The hike was just short of 3 miles and made a loop. There are plenty of off shoots that we can go back and explore some more another day.

So my only mistake was not charging my camera battery the night before, oops! So my photography this week comes from my phone.

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I always love the way the ferns hang off the cliffs surrounding a waterfall and waterfalls you can walk behind offer a good view. I changed this one too black and white, but you can see the original colour and more from this trip at my Instagram account (a live feed should be on the right if you are on the nonmobile version). Or search for me, my user name is livelovecreatebehappy.

I have definitely been feeling the challenge of trying to see photographs in black and white before taking a photo.

Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

Orange Photograph Collection: WP Challenge 2

12 Mar photograph of an orange poppy with grey background

Here is a collection of orange photographs from my site over the years. I had fun going back and seeing what I had taken photographs of that featured orange. It was amazing to me how many photographs I had that were dominated by the color orange.

There are photographs from all over the country also: Portland, Neskowin, & Salem, Oregon, Camas & Vancouver, Washington, Maine, and New York.

The photographs include portraits, events, sunsets, landscapes, and of course flowers. 🙂

I hope you enjoy looking back at my collection of orange photographs from the past as much as I did. Have a good week!

If you want to join the weekly photography challenge check out post a day.

WP Photography Challenge: Serenity

21 Jan

serenity Tom McCall Preserve 15Living in a small town and spending quite a bit of time in Portland, I feel the most serenity when I am escaping to nature. Hiking, kayaking, and running a some of the ways that I enjoy being with nature. I obviously also really enjoy photography!serenity Tom McCall Preserve Photograph 2

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Sweeping vistas of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood,  and wildflowers combine at the Tom McCall Wildlife Preserve to make an ideal place to escape and be with nature on a warm spring day.

 

The WordPress photography challenge is part of the postaday series you too can join by following the links.

My Photography: 2014 in Review

29 Dec

 

WordPress was kind enough to send me a summary of my year here at Emilia Brasier Photography. They gave me all kinds of numbers and so I thought I would highlight a few of them as a round up of the year.

First off, my busiest day was when I published my first newborn photographs (https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/welcoming-the-new-newborn-photography/), of my sweet baby cousin. I am not sure if that means those were popular photographs or that was just a busy day.

My five most popular posts this year by number of views were:

  1.  Maine: Part 2 : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/maine-part-2/
  2. Weekly Photography Challenge: Threshold : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/
  3. Weekly Photography Challenge: Dialogue: https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/weekly-photography-challenge-dialogue/
  4. Weekly Photography Challenge: Reflection: https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/
  5. Bridge Over Foggy Water : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/bridge-over-foggy-water/

Check out the album above to see one photograph from each post, or click the links to see all of them. 🙂

Last a big thank you to my most active followers for your comments! Everyone should check out their blogs as well!

  1. Noras Photos 4 U : http://www.norasphotos4u.wordpress.com
  2. El Padawan: https://elpadawan.wordpress.com/
  3. Kerlund Photo 74 : http://en.gravatar.com/kerlund74
  4. Neihtn2012: http://neihtn.wordpress.com/
  5. Gerry C. : http://www.yournibblednews.wordpress.com

Thanks for all the support this year!

Emilia

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