Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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A visitor views Punch Bowl Falls along the Eagle Creek Trail.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

Janine views Punch Bowl Falls along the Eagle Creek Trail. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

This is one of the prettiest areas in the United States, so it is disheartening to hear this area is being ravaged by a giant forest fire right now and will probably never look the same in my lifetime.  The United States is experiencing many natural disasters right now, from wildfires to hurricanes.  Mother nature is going to cause enough damage – to make it worse, this fire was caused by human with fireworks.

I understand firefighters are working hard right now to save this historic lodge.  It has been nearly 14 years since I made these photos, I may have waited too long for a return.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge and U.S. Forest Service Information Center at the Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge and U.S. Forest Service Information Center at the Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

Arizona Star Trails

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Star trails in the Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

Star trails in the Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

This is a combination of 95 separate images.  I captured this last spring before returning to Alaska from Arizona, but just now had the time to put it together.  I look forward to doing many more this winter – and for much longer!

Barrel Cactus

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Wildflowers on a barrel cactus, Tucson, Arizona.

Wildflowers on a barrel cactus, Tucson, Arizona.

A quick photo from my iPhone – surprised at all the blooming barrel cacti there were on our Arizona property this late into the summer!

Game Cam Deer

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Deer, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Male mule deer, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Back from a very fast trip to Arizona to check on the Arizona Desert Photo Retreat!  I was amazed at how green things were, evidently it has been a very wet monsoon season.  Also surprised to see wildflowers.

Judging from the game cam, the water drip worked most of the summer, and it is going again right now, although not nearly as important thanks to the summer rain.  There weren’t any big surprises on the game cam – was hoping for something like a mountain lion, or another ring-tailed cat, but it didn’t happen.  We did have a number of deer, including this young male.  I have seen many deer near our property, but only one on it until now.  Lots of javalina, including another set of babies.  A pair of red-tailed hawks also became regular visitors.  Otherwise it was the regular cast of characters including the fox with what appears to be a kit, skunks, coyotes etc.