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Thursday, September 27, 2012

An Oregon Collaboration

Although I grew up in Oregon, I know very little about the Columbia River Gorge or Mt. Hood.  I believe I've only been through the gorge twice, making the obligatory stop at Multnomah Falls both times, and seeing little of anything else beyond what was whizzing by through the car windows.  I've been a more frequent visitor to Mt. Hood, having skied Timberline in both the summer and the winter along with climbing the mountain early one autumn, having an exhilarating ski back down to the lower end of the Palmer Snowfield.  I've even been on the backside of the mountain - twice! - having spent a night each time at the Tilly Jane A-Frame, exploring the surrounding area and the Elliot Glacier.  From both of these trips, I can state for a fact, a six pack of good microbrew is enough to get two people quite inebriated when the drinking is being done at nearly 6,000 feet elevation!

One thing I do have from those trips is good memories.  One thing I do not have is good pictures.  Recently, an old friend, who I used to play YBA basketball with when I was but a wee lad, contacted me asking if I had any posters covering the Mt Hood or Columbia Gorge areas.  Since I base most of my work off of my own photography, and since I really hadn't been in to photography when growing up in Oregon, I sadly had nothing to work with.  However, I knew Sarah, my old friend from my youth who had made the request, had a great eye and was quite adept with a camera.  I also knew she had many, many fantastic shots of the areas in question.  I know, because I have been following Sarah's Flickr feed for almost 5 years now.

With Sarah's permission, I searched through her photostream on Flickr, identifying a number of candidates.  Below is what I have come up with so far.  I've nearly completed another Gorge Poster, and plan on spending some time on a new Mt. Hood piece tomorrow also.  It's been a lot of fun working on these pieces from Oregon.  Makes me a tad homesick - and also makes me realize there is so much more of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and the rest of the world that I'd like to visit more in-depth.  So many places, so little time.  For now, however, this is a great way for me to learn more about certain locations without being there.  I'll take it.

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