Frozen Frog Lake

It’s been a historically low snow year in the Cascades. There are many places that should be under feet of snow, but are completely bare. Frog Lake is one of those places.

Generally only accessible by cross-country ski, snowshoe or snow machine this time of year, my friend Sarah and I were able to drive in my SUV to the day use area, only crossing one small pile of snow. There were several trees down, and some Good Samaritan had been kind enough to bring their chainsaw and clear the road.

The view did no disappoint. While the lake is still mostly frozen, Mount Hood did decided to play peek-a-boo behind the clouds.


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Snowy Creeks

Now that the holiday season is winding down, I finally find myself with some time to get back out with the camera. I can’t tell you all how much I missed it.

My family didn’t venture far from home, just to a nearby Forest Service road. Normally, this time of year it would be covered in a couple of feet of snow, but today we were able to drive several miles up with  no issues. Which took me to a couple of spots which are normally my favorite in summer to photograph Still Creek from.


There were also several seasonal, unnamed waterfalls next to the road. They had recently frozen over, and were almost completely thawed. Though, there was still enough ice left to make them interesting to practice long exposure shots with.


I am so, so happy to finally start my 2015 photography adventures!

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Snovember on Mount Hood

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not reached by search or trail.” – Herclitus
Winter has made an early appearance west of the Cascades here in Oregon. November snow below the mountain passes is quite unusual. Much of the country is experiencing unseasonably colder than normal temperatures, so Oregon is not alone. While a storm dumping up to a foot of snow in the Portland area was predicted and whipped the local media into a frenzy, it never really materialized.
Meanwhile, at my home in the foothills of Mount Hood, it started snowing before dawn and continued all day with no break. We even experienced a power outage for several hours. I took a picture of Odessa greeting the snow shortly after she awakened and submitted it to a local news station. She managed even managed to make the noon news! I guess that is what happens when your area is the only place where the storm didn’t seem to completely fizzle.
On snow days like today, there isn’t much reason to venture far from my house. My daughter and I took a long walk to explore the forest behind our house, looking for deer and other animal tracks. We never did find anything larger than a couple of Canadian geese and a blue heron on the golf course, as seen in this photo I took with my cell phone.
We did find a spot where autumn and winter collided on Mount Hood – this is a little seasonal creek that runs behind my house. The water was filled with fallen leaves and just starting to completely freeze over. I can’t think of another picture that sums up “Snovember” so well.
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Fall Reflections of Mount Hood

“It’s a pretty time of year when the mountains sing out loud.” – Mother Love Bone

Whenever out playing around Mount Hood, a stop at Trillium Lake is a just about a requirement because the view is almost always AMAZING! Yesterday was no exception. I have taken HUNDREDS of pictures of this spot, and shared many of them here – sunsets, storms, and just plain old sunny days. So, when I say this is probably my FAVORITE picture I have ever taken from this spot, it is no small declaration.


The view of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake, with a little fall color mixed in.

My intention yesterday had been to take a quick drive over the dam, perhaps snap a few pictures with my cell phone to share on Instagram, since I had already had a full day photographing waterfalls and Frog Lake. However, once my husband piloted the car to the viewpoint, I say just how stunning the view was  on that day and immediately had to jump out of the car with my DSLR and snap a few pictures. Which turned into a walk halfway around the lake, looking for a unique spot to capture the scene before me. I think I succeeded. I absolutely love how this shot turned out!!

As I mentioned before, earlier in the day we made a stop at Frog Lake, several miles east of Trillium Lake. The view here of the mountain is no less spectacular. Unlike Trillium Lake, where there is almost always a crowd, we literally has this lake entirely to ourselves for almost our entire visit. The view is no less amazing.

Mount Hood reflecting in Frog Lake

Mount Hood reflecting in Frog Lake

With  as much time as I spend playing around in the mountains, I haven’t seen many days where the lakes have looked like this. Not a breath of wind was disturbing their surfaces, making for perfect mirror reflections. I have a feeling this is the last hurrah when it comes to PERFECT weather this fall. It won’t be long until the rain sets in for the season, and these stunning lakes of the higher elevations are  frozen and covered in snow.

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Chasing the Northern Lights on Mount Hood

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” – Stephen King

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have NEVER done any night photography. with word that the Northern Lights may be making an appearance in Oregon, I decided to head out with my camera and give it a try.

My intention had been to shoot from one of my favorite spots, Trillium Lake. Alas, at least what seemed like 100 other people had the same idea so we moved on to the east side of the mountain, and managed to find a spot without another soul.

While I didn’t have much luck catching the aurora, the big dipper was out brightly above Mount Hood.

While I am a total novice at this type of photography, I am pretty happy with this shot from some of my first attempts. Now that we are starting to slowly approach that time of year when we have more hours of night than daylight, I am looking forward to getting out and practicing this more.

What do you think?


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