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Mount Hood Sunrise January 2015


I got an opportunity to head up to Rocky Butte the other day to photograph the sunrise and created this short series of images just as the Sun was peering over the horizon. The first few days of 2015 in the Portland area have been beautifully clear, but cold. It was very foggy on this particular morning, when I headed up to the Butte, I wasn’t sure if I’d see anything because of the fog. But it was lying low so the elevation was perfect for getting some clear images of Mount Hood. I got other images, but my camera is dirty right now, even though I just had it cleaned a couple months ago. If there’s any insight on how often a camera should be cleaned, please provide in the comments section. It seems too soon to have such a dirty sensor on my camera, but none-the-less. Once I get the other images cleaned up, they will be posted here. In the mean time, enjoy these beautiful ones. And please share with your friends.

Peace

~V

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Mount Hood Memories


It seems I can’t resist finding a great image of Mount Hood. So present in the Northern Oregon horizon, One can see views of this pointy topped mountain from many different perspectives. These images I found at the Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy, Oregon. And I’m always on the lookout for that great perspective where ever I travel of the very present landmark. You can check out more great images of this majestic peak by looking at previous posts – Misty Mountain Morning, Mount Hood from Catherine Creek, and Mount Hood Sunrises.

The first image in this collection is a great image to viewing some of the major glaciers that exist on Mount Hood Western side. Visible from this side of the mountain are 3 of the 12 majors glaciers on Mount Hood. The 3 we can see on this side are the Sandy, Reid and Zigzag Glaciers. These glaciers lie almost exclusively above the 6000 ft elevation mark, which is the same elevation for the tree line on Mount Hood. For more great information about all the Mount Hood Glaciers check out the awesome Wikipedia article.

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Peace

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Misty Mountain Morning


I’m dipping back into my archives, since I can’t afford more memory, I have to go through my old images from years past, find the decent ones, publish them here and back up the others to my back up drive. This will free up space on my computer for new images. What this means to you, oh wonderful viewer, is that you’ll be seeing a lot of images that in the past I found not worthy of sharing at the point, but now… well, watch out. The first of this series are these misty morning images from January 1st, 2013. The first day of the year, last year. These were all created at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. The first two are of Mount Hood, looking East from Rocky Butte. The last is Mount St. Helens looking North from the Butte.

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For more great images of Mount Hood at sunrise, check out my previous post – Mount Hood Sunrises.

Images of Mount St. Helens at sunrise can be viewed at this post – Mount St Helens.

Come back next Weds for more great images from the archives. Friday, there will be more images of flowers.

Peace

~V


Mount Hood from Catherine Creek


The tallest mountain peak in Oregon is Mount Hood. This Guardian of the Columbia towers over the Columbia River Gorge as if protecting, and can be seen for many miles in every direction.

I visit Catherine Creek 2 – 3 times a year. I need to visit more often, and hopefully this year I can meet my rhetorical goal of once a month? Many times over the last few year, I’ve visited only to find clouds interfering with the view of Mount Hood. This time that definitely wasn’t the case. Interestingly too, it wasn’t windy. Usually on the drive through the Columbia Gorge, we see windsurfers and kiteboarders all over the place. On Sunday, Mar 23, 2014, them and the wind were eerily missing. I found some very spectacular landscape, as presented in this post. Plus, the Wildflower season has started, with a spectacular showing of Purple Grass Widows. Come back to visit on Friday this week, to check out those great images.

For more great images of Catherine Creek, check out these previous posts – Morning at Catherine Creek and Autumn in Catherine Creek.

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Sunrise Abstracts


Here are a couple images I’ve been mulling over for a couple weeks now. If you can do them correctly, and I probably can’t, closeup images of the Sun over the horizon, at sunrise or sunset, can create some pretty interesting colors and abstract designs. Here are a couple I create recently while up at Rocky Butte in the morning. The first image has the Sun coming up directly over Mount Hood. The Second is the Sun rising over the horizon.

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Peace

~V


Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 5


Well, I have to say I was immensely surprise this morning. It was the first morning in about two weeks that Portland, Oregon has seen a completely clear sky at sunrise. I headed up to Rocky Butte to see if I could cap off my Tracking the Sunrise series, and the surprise came when I saw the Sun peer over the horizon at sunrise, to see that is was so far North of Mount Hood. It has only been a couple weeks, when we last saw the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood, as seen from Rocky Butte. You can see for yourself in the images of this post and what we saw in Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 3 with images from Feb 23. It’s only been 2 1/2 weeks, the Sun sure did travel fast?

Anyway, enjoy this final post of the Tracking the Sunrise series. I’ll more than likely still post Sunrise images, but the next installment of the Tracking the Sunrise series probably won’t appear until next October, when the sun travels back South and again starts to approach Mount Hood.

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Peace

~V


Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 4


Okay, well, we got a couple days last week where we almost could see the sunrise. The first day, while it was clear out above, on the horizon, and particularly looking out East toward Mount Hood, the clouds were ever present. It made for some interesting images. While they do not necessarily fit here with this Tracking the Sunrise series, they could end up in the Emerald Studio Photo blog at some point in the future.

Today’s post features some images created on February 26, 2014. While with these images we can’t tell exactly where the sun is rising on the horizon in relation to Mount Hood, these might be some pretty cool images anyway? I like them anyhow.

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Peace

~V


Tracking the Sunrise, Pt 3


Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic – Digital Image

I’m not a huge fan of these images. I guess I was just off, in regards to exposure settings, this day. Well, some are salvageable, and I want to present some of those in today’s posst. These are part of my Tracking the Sunrise series. Yes, the clouds cleared somewhat for a couple days, giving us an opportunity to see where the sun is rising in regards the Mount Hood’s location, as seen from Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. The first day (Saturday), while it was clear out, Mount Hood itself was covered in clouds. Combine that with the clouds off on the horizon, I couldn’t see where the sun was rising exactly. I found some cool pictures, but not good enough to show just yet. The images in this post were created on Sunday, Jan. 23. As you can tell, the sun is now rising just South of the Mount Hood pinnacle. You may get a better idea from the last two images in this post? This was all I could get and probably what I’ll get, now, the clouds have returned and there are currently no clear mornings in the forecast. I’ll be up at Rocky Butte on the next clear morning to see where the sun rises on the horizon. Until then, enjoy these for now.

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Peace

~V


Tracking the Sunrise, Part 2


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Here’s the second installment in my Tracking the Sunrise series. As mentioned in Tracking the Sunrise, Part 1, I want to attempt to get up to Rocky Butte in Portland, OR and create images of the Sunrise in relation to Mount Hood as the Sun tracks to the North. Currently, the sun is rising South of Mount Hood, as seen from Portland, Oregon. I estimate the sun will rise directly behind Mount Hood some where around Feb. 28th.

I created these images on the VERY cold morning of Feb. 5th, 2014. It was a blistering 20 degrees and I almost gave up. But I knew I wouldn’t get a chance at seeing the Sunrise for a good couple weeks, so I stuck it out. By the time the sun appeared over the horizon, I was ready to leave. I snapped my camera about 10 times, and surprisingly, give my fingers were nearly frost bitten, I took some fairly decent images. As seen in the slideshow presented here. The next day on Feb. 6, Portland received around 5 inches of snow. And it looks like we’re not going to see the sun for at least a week and a half. So, hopefully, I’ll get to finish this project?

In the meantime enjoy this slideshow of the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood on Feb. 5th. Like this post? Rate the post by voting above, or Like/Comment below.

Peace

~V


The Sunrises Behind Mount Hood


Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

The Weather hasn’t cooperated with me this week in regards to being able to bring you a next installment of “Tracking the Sunrise.” So, I’m dusting off an older image of the sun rising behind Mount Hood. This was taken in October last year – just a few months ago. It’s not a great image, but I think it holds muster?

The forecast is saying we’re to have some clear weather tomorrow (Thurs. Feb. 6th), but then the rain and snow is supposed to set in over the next week. So, right now, it’s not looking good. Maybe I’ll see if I can dig up some old images at this time of year from last year, or 2012?

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Peace

~V


The Sunrises Behind Mount Hood


Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

The Weather hasn’t cooperated with me this week in regards to being able to bring you a next installment of “Tracking the Sunrise.” So, I’m dusting off an older image of the sun rising behind Mount Hood. This was taken in October last year – just a few months ago. It’s not a great image, but I think it holds muster?

The forecast is saying we’re to have some clear weather tomorrow (Thurs. Feb. 6th), but then the rain and snow is supposed to set in over the next week. So, right now, it’s not looking good. Maybe I’ll see if I can dig up some old images at this time of year from last year, or 2012?

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Peace

~V


Tracking the Sunrise, Part 1


Vince Ferguson - 012514 - Mount Hood Sunrise - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – 012514 – Mount Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

This is the first in a series that I hope to present over the next month. I say hopefully because, the weather will play a strong part in whether I’ll be able to complete this series. Right now, the Sun rises South of Mount Hood. As we get closer to the Summer Solstice, the Sun will slowly track North. Twice each year, the Sun will rise directly behind Mount Hood. You can see a similar example from a post I presented here in October. My plan is to document the Sun rising as it gets closer to Mount Hood and eventually passes Hood and starts rising to the North. I’m estimating that by Feb 28th the Sun will be rising directly behind Mount Hood. Let’s see what happens. As long as I’m able, I will release the next part in this series every Weds. for the Next 5 – 6 weeks. Some come back and check out the progress.

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Peace

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Mount St. Helens at Sunrise


Vince Ferguson - Mount St. Helens Panoramic - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Mount St. Helens Panoramic – Digital Image

This is one of my favorite images of late. It was created earlier this month on Jan. 5th , 2014. Despite it being cold on my finger that early in the morning, I really like how the sun rising reflects her light on this beautiful mountain.

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Peace

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The Sun Rises in Portland


Here are some images I created at sunrise on January 6, 2014. I awoke early that morning, scrapped the ice of my truck and braved the iced roads on my way to Rocky Butte on the East Side of Portland, Oregon, where I-84 meets I-205. I was up at Rocky Butte the previous morning have some pretty exciting Panoramic images that I’ll share with you some day. Right now, I like the warmth that these two images bring forth, particularly the Mount Hood image. I lost my tripod that morning. My own fault! As I was leaving, I looked back up to the point at Rocky Butte and saw a beautiful Hawk sitting and hunting from the wall. I had to get a picture. Well, I set my tripod down somewhere to create those images, and in my excitement, when done, I headed back to my vehicle, got in, and left. Without ever thinking about the tripod until the next morning. I went back and searched, know it was going to be gone. My loss, I created these images without my tripod and am now in the market for a new one.

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Peace

~V


Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic – 30 Oct 13


Vince Ferguson - Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic – Digital Image

Thanks for all the great feedback in yesterday’s post where I asked, “Is this a good image.” I received a lot of likes and a few comments that made me think this image might be better as a panoramic. Unfortunately, the image is still dark. But now with the new cropping it takes on a different attitude? What do you think? Is this a better image? I like that the clouds above Mount Hood, almost look like steam blowing from the top of the mountain. It is an active volcano you know, and could erupt at any time.

Thanks for helping me out!

Peace

~V


Finally! The Sun Rises Behind Mt. Hood


Twice a year from Rocky Butte, on the East Side of Portland, OR – where I-205 meets I-84 – the Sun will rise behind Mount Hood directly East. This happens over a period of about 5 days in October and February every year. Both months fall during the rainy season of the year in the Pacific Northwest so typically it’s not viewable because of the clouds.

Last year, while working on my Sunrises from Rocky Butte 2012 Series during both February and October, the clouds obscured my view so I wasn’t able to create an image of this spectacle. So, I waited, and waited. First, February 2012 didn’t present me with an opportunity to create this image. The second chance I got in October 2013, to no affect. February 2013 came and went, but still no luck. So I waited again until this month, October 2013!

I knew it was going to happen this week, but it also happens to be the time when I have to work early mornings. I photograph kids in schools for a company called Lifetouch. You may have heard of them? While I had a commitment to work, I also had one eye on the sunrise behind Mt. Hood. My experience was somewhat funny since on Wednesday Oct. 16th, the morning was clear, but I had to begin work early, so wasn’t able to get up there. The next day on Thursday I didn’t work until later in the morning so had the opportunity, however, it was foggy that morning, so again, I didn’t get a good opportunity. Friday, I had to work again, and guess what, it was clear again. Frustrating!

Saturday the 19th was clear, and I got a chance to head up to Rocky Butte. I was beyond excited. While up there, the fog began rolling in just before sunrise. It managed to hold off getting too thick until after the sunrise. Giving me the opportunity to create these two images above. Very excited about these two images. I hope you are too? Let me know by rating this post above, or leaving a comment below.

I’m taking a break from featuring artists every Tuesday since I need to find more artists who will let me photography their work. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I’m still featuring a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

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Peace

~V


Opal Creek Wilderness


The Opal Creek Wilderness is only about an hour’s ride heading East out of Salem, OR. This is a nice size wilderness area lying within the Willamette National Forest, just North of Detroit Lake. This area used to be a little mining village & features the remnants of a mill from when logging was being planned for the area. They started logging, set up buildings and other structures before determining that it isn’t economically feasible to log the area. After a 20 year long struggle to protect the area this largest uncut watershed in Oregon finally became protected area in 1996 when then Senator Mark Hatfield introduced, and achieved success in passage of, federal protection of the Opal Creek area.

Now a days, due to it’s convenient location, it’s a heavily used area for recreation and outdoor activities. In fact, that was one of my complaints about the day was the number of folks we saw while visiting. I like to get out to areas where I can see no one, or very few other visitors. Also, thanks to our dry season, the forested area around the road we traveled was real dusty from heavy vehicle traffic. Still, one can reserve cabins or find plenty of places to camp while visiting. Eight trails bring 50 waterfalls to you by traveling over 36 miles of outdoor fun to a day out in the wilderness.

Here are some images from my trek last Sunday. It was a great day and I’m totally looking to visiting and taking more images again soon.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

~V


Mt. Hood Sunrises


The Daily Prompt: Dawn

This is the final post in a three part series I’m now officially calling the 2012 Sunrise from Rocky Butte in Portland, OR series. If there’s demand I may just post some more images from this series since there are still over 60 quality images from this series of 110 images. I hope you’ve enjoy viewing these images as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Please feel free to share these posts with your friends and family.

If you haven’t been anxiously following this series of posts, you can still see the previous two posts from the main page of my blog, just scroll down. The first post focused on Abstract Sunrise images, while the second post featured images of Mt. St. Helens in Southern Washington. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, this post features images of Mt. Hood, the highest peak in Oregon, located approximately 50 miles East of Portland, OR and Rocky Butte.

Mt. Hood is considered the Strato-Volcano and while official listed as a dormant volcano, it’s largely considered to be eligible for eruption within the next 30 years, though an explosive eruption, like what happened to Mt. St. Helens in 1981, is unlikely. It’s believed that Mt. Hood erupts approximately every 300 years, and it’s thought that the last major eruptive period occurred sometime in the late 1700’s. When Lewis & Clark first explored this region in the early 1800’s they originally named the Sandy River the Quicksand River because it was still predominantly clogged with mud and debris from this late 1700 eruption. The Sandy river drains Mt. Hood to the West and flows into the mighty Columbia River just East of Portland.

Mt. Hood got it’s current name in 1792 by Lt. William Broughton of Capt. George Vancouver’s exploratory exhibition. Broughton named the mountain after British Admiral Samuel Hood. However, before Europeans and Eastern Americans began traveling in this area, the local natives called the prominent mountain Wy’East. It’s featured prominently in several native tales that include a three way love affair between Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams (also located in Southern Washington almost directly across the Columbia River from Hood River). For more about this fascinating tale and more about the original Bridge of the Goods myth, check out the story on Wikipedia.

Finally, Mt. Hood is home to 12 major glaciers or snow fields. For more information regarding this fascinating mountain be sure to check it out on Wikipedia.

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~V


Mount St. Helens Sunrises


The Daily Prompt: Dawn

This is the second post in a series of three. The first post occurred last Sat. Mar. 23rd. The third and final post will be released on Sat. Apr. 6th.

I’ve sincerely enjoyed taking on this project – 2012 Portland Sunrise Series – and while many mornings I unwillingly dragged myself out of bed, after doing so and coming home to check out the images of the day, I was wholly happy to have dragged myself out there.

There are a total of 110 images in the 2012 Portland Sunrise series divided into 3 groups; Mt. St.Helens, Mt. Hood, & Abstract Sunrises. With this 2nd post of a 3 part series, I’m presenting 12 images of Mt. St. Helens in Southern Washington, at sunrise throughout the year 2012. The images in this post are presented in sequential order throughout the year, and I tried to take one image from each month throughout the year. There are a couple months, that have multiple images included.

Mt. St. Helens is geographically located in Southwestern Washington State. Approximately 50 miles Northeast of Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon.

Mt. St. Helens is an active Stratovolcano currently at an elevation of 8365 ft. Her last major eruption was in the Spring of 1980 before which she sat at an elevation of 9677 ft.. She is called Loowit among some local natives, and the Klickitat natives called her Louwala-Clough, which means “smoking or fire mountain.” She was given her english name of Mt. St. Helens by George Vancouver, an early explorer of the area, and after Lord St. Helen, a British Diplomat.

Mt. St. Helens is considered one of the youngest and most active of all Cascade volcanos in the Pacific Northwest. She has been actively, and periodically, erupting for the past 40,000 years.

Although not currently experiencing an erupting period, Mt. St. Helens is considered to be in the “dome building” stage. A growing mountain, raising in elevation a mere few feet every day, but because of the lowered crater elevation, it is still well below the mountain’s overall current elevation. Growing at it’s current rate from within it’s crater, Mt. St. Helens will take at least a hundred years for the mountain to reach it’s currently elevation, it will take at least 200 year to reach it’s pre 1980 blast elevation.

All info for this post was found using WikiPedia

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Peace

~V


Post 5 – Outdoor Deception


Two outdoor shots are included in this post of the Emerald Studio Photography blog. The first I created in Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR – what is now a great park, was once an active volcano, and still is the only volcano within urban city limits of the US. I found this Gilded Flicker foraging around and decided to hang out to see if I’m treated to a good image. I took several, but this is my favorite. Feeling comfortable with it’s ability to hide at least partially in the grass, this guy was still skittish with me being there, and wouldn’t take her eyes off me the whole time I was there. She finally took off and joined it’s mate (?) in the tree.

The second image is of Mt. St. Helens, in SW Washington. I like this image because despite St. Helens being over 8000 feet tall, this image makes her look less so prominent in the landscape. She almost blends into the horizon.

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Gilded Flicker at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR.

Mt. St. Helens, Side View.