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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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Weekly Photography Challenge: Broken

28 May

Last week while I was driving around in Camas, Washington I passed by Lacamas Lake and caught a glimpse of a blue heron perched on a fallen and broken tree. I quickly seized the moment and pulled over to take a photograph of this blue heron.

Although I often see Blue Heron’s I have never been able to get this close to one before it flew away. This time I was lucky and snapped a photograph or two before it decided I was too close for comfort.

Camas, Washington Nature Photography - Blue Heron

Although the main subject of the photograph, the heron, is not broken, I would not have been able to take the photograph if not for the broken tree which is the secondary subject of the photograph, so I decided to go ahead and share it for the photography challenge this week.

You can join the wordpress photography challenge also by following the link here.

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! 🙂

Happy May Day: Flower Photography

1 May

When I was a kid my Mom used to help me leave flowers on neighbors doorsteps, ring the bell, and run away so they would be surprised by fun flowers on May Day. I am not very good at doing that these days, but I have fond memories of it.

Since I love photographing things in nature, flowers quite specifically, I thought I could do a version of the May Day flower basket here. 🙂

Enjoy and have a great weekend and month of May!

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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

Weekly Photography Challenge: Summer Lovin’

31 Jul

The things I am lovin’ about summer:
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All photographs were taken in Camas/Washougal today with my phone. 🙂

If you want to join the photography challenge you can do so by following the link.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Containers

23 Jul

This week at the Daily Post photography challenge we were told to share photographs of containers. I am sharing a photograph from a yoga studio in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. I have never done yoga there, but I occasionally like to go to the restaurant, called Prasad, after my Wednesday night runs. They have this neat little area where yoga mats are stored and I thought they came together and looked interesting.

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