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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.

Smith Rock Photographs in Black and White

13 Jan Black and white photograph, lone tree at Smith Rock, Oregon

Smith Rock Photograph in Black and White, by www.emiliabrasier.wordpress.comIn September I traveled to the Bend area with my kids and my Mom. We had the opportunity to stay at Eagle Crest Resort for the weekend. The resort itself had wonderful amenities, but of course we wanted to make it out to see Smith Rock which is a destination for rock climbers and hikers traveling to Eastern Oregon. The sheer cliffs are quite dramatic and create a fun photography destination as well. These two photographs I decided to try out in black and white and ended up really liking them even though they lose the blue sky and orange rock color.

Black and white photograph, lone tree at Smith Rock, Oregon

We were there right in the middle of the day so contrast was really high and although it was sunny, since it was September, it was a quite cool day. I look forward to sharing some photographs of us at the top of those cliffs and of a climber descending from Monkey Rock, which was hard to believe (to me) they could ascend in the first place. 🙂

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

Photography of Mount Rainier Travel

15 Oct

This last July I was able to travel with my immediate and some of my extended family up north of Vancouver, Washington to Mount Rainier National Park to go on a summer camping vacation. We are able to take a small family trip like this almost every summer. We usually end up camping for half a week to a week and go on hikes, play in streams, and otherwise hang out with nature, it is a great way to get to know the state and national parks in our area.

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This year I really wanted to venture out to a national park, since the last one I went to was in Maine in 2013 during the government shutdown and so we did not even get to camp there, just explore (which was beautiful too, there is a great stone beach with smooth rocks tumbled naturally from the ocean waves). This year we chose to head north of Portland, Oregon to Mount Rainier which is also just south of Seattle, Washington.

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There were gorgeous hikes, the ranger at White River campsite was really helpful, and great with the kids, plus there are kids programs at the main visitors centers where the kids can earn a junior ranger badge by learning about the park and the animals that live in it. Here are a few of my favorite views from the stay and my happy place. 🙂

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I also decided to play a bit with photoshop coloring and came up with this one:

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Photographs in Portland, Oregon of Greenpeace Protest: WPC Inspiration

31 Jul

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This week the world was buzzing with news that Greenpeace activists had repelled themselves off of the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon to attempt to block the passage of an ice breaker from the Port in Portland, Oregon where is was getting repairs and scheduled to return to the Arctic to help an oil drill from Shell gain access to the area it needed to be to start work. I was able to take this evening and go to Cathedral park and see their inspired effort and take a few photographs of them hanging off the bridge.

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I almost always head into Portland on Wednesday nights to run so for me the timing of the protest was perfect. I really wanted to go down and see the protest and I am glad that I did. It was a beautiful Portland night with the almost full moon and 80 degree night. Standing on the dock looking at the St. John’s Bridge seeing these activists with their flags was really beautiful and it really was an inspiration to see such a peaceful dedication to protesting and standing up for what they feel was right.

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I think whether you agree with what they were doing or not it still creates a feeling of awe when you see something like this in action. Portlanders showed up to watch, photograph, and support both on the land and in the river. There were kayakers supporting on the water and someone had donated a bunch of kayaks and personal flotation devices so anyone that wanted to could join on the water. I thought that using the flags in Shell’s colors was great it made this a beautiful site seeing those giant flags blowing in the wind.

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I was sad to hear the next day that two of the protesters were cut down and the coast guard pulled kayakers away, created a no boat zone, and the ice breaker made it through.

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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Photography Challenge: Ephemeral

30 Mar

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Every year since I can remember (minus my years in college) I have gone to the Wooden Shoe Tulip field in the spring.

When I was a kid this was just a trip to see the flowers, it was a field and not much else. My mom took photographs, I most likely sat there somewhat bored.

Now the farm has almost a carnival feel to it, there are enough things there that it is hard to pull the kids away to even see the tulips.

It is still a family tradition to go and see the ephemeral spring tulip blooms although the feel of it has changed drastically over the years.

If you happen to live in Oregon it is a must do family spring time event. Woodburn is about 30 minutes south of Portland and the farm is another few miles, but if you go on the weekend and it is sunny be prepared for a long line of cars waiting to park. We waited probably 20 minutes and my Mom ended up getting out of the car and walking with the kids the rest of the way.

What are your families spring time traditions?

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