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Shepperd’s Dell Falls (Oregon): By George, thank you……………

My good friend, Joe Berentsen, wrote me to say “I think buying the camera was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. It’s relaxing, peaceful, and fun. There is also a certain excitement going out and exploring. Opening your eyes and really looking at what’s around you. It reminds me of being a kid when everything was new and wonderous.”

Doesn’t that perfectly capture how many of us feel? I think so.

Below are photos Joe took on a recent hike into Shepperd’s Dell Falls near the Columbia River on the Oregon side. The old stone work of the Shepperd’s Dell Bridge, the inviting woods below and the nearby waterfall are typical of many hikes in the vicinity.

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“In 1915, a local dairy farmer named George Shepperd gave all that he had (this tract of land) to the City of Portland as a memorial to his wife. Today, thousands of visitors along the Historic Columbia River Highway visit this beautiful spot, with its roaring waterfall cascading down steep cliffs into Youngs Creek and out to the Columbia River far below. The upper fall is around 42′ tall. The lower tier is around 50′ tall.

One of the most beautiful and historic highway bridges crosses the canyon here, but you can’t see or appreciate it unless you leave your car and take the short trail to the falls.” Oregon State Parks


Old Thistle

“Who gathers thistles may expect pricks” A Proverb indeed



Rock Me Mama…………


Original Lyrics by Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Wagon Wheel


The Corset & Color Pops!

Sorry if you were expecting to see an unrestrained torso. But these photos, if not delicious, are interesting to the outdoor enthusiast. Often, you see these plastic mesh corsets or sleeves that protect young saplings that are prone to the gnawing teeth of beavers near marshlands and waterways.


Once the tree grows to survive, the mesh pops open as tree, in this case an Alder, expands onward. Yes, it does have similarities to a woman’s torso (alright and a few men as well). 

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This time of year, in the wetland/marshland habitat, the grasses and weeds mostly have a vibrant green. There is still the old vegetation/leaves/downed branches, that died down over the cold Winter. It all combines into lots of a green/brown/tan decay palette. So when you see the clusters of color amidst nature’s basic palette they really pop to the eye.

I am not well versed with plant life in the wilds. So, I don’t know if something is a colorful, natural ‘weed’ or inadvertently/intentionally introduced by man/bird. But, this time of year, any color outside the maintained flower beds and pots is appealing to me. 


OK, I guess I owe you corset lovers something (here)

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