Home for the Holidays?

If only in our dreams?
May we all be happy campers wherever we pitch our tents
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After the Fires

Fire and Ice took turns in shaping this landscape. Ice (glaciers) sculpted the jagged edges of Mt. Washington, on the Eastern end of Oregon’s central Cascades. Fire turned 70 ft evergreens into the charred 70ft “dark needles” that dot this scene. Fresh snow and dramatic clouds, add to the overall effect
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Sleeping Starkness

Half an hour after sunset and I still could not peel myself off of the awesome spectacle slowly unfolding before my eyes. With every passing minute, it seems, St helens’ stark presence got ever more enchanting, as its shadowy outline reflected on a becalmed Spirit lake and the floating debris still there since the eruption.

There she was, the notorious earth fissure silently resting before my eyes, dimly exposed in all her naked starkness and mystery. And I was still there…

The vanishing light finally convinced me to start for home. I was alone, a three mile hike to the trail head lay before me, the crescent moon was ready to dip behind the mountainous skyline, snuffing out its soft, almost imperceptible layer of luminosity, and… this was cougar country.

It still is.

Did I regret being there? Not for a moment. This was the right place and time for me…
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Lyle Daybreak

The sun begins to break through a thin cloud cover, at the Eastern end of the Columbia Gorge. The little town of Lyle, Washington, is faintly visible across the Columbia River.

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Storm in the Tetons

Stormy weather over the “Oxbow Bend” of the Snake river in Grand Teton National park.
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Camas, Washington

Photomontage inspired by my hometown of Camas, in Southwestern Washington State on the banks of the Columbia river, and the flower that names it.  This image (without my copyright notice) is also available as a high definition print on a variety of surfaces, at FineArtAmerica.com: (https://fineartamerica.com/featured/camas-washington-john-christopher.html?newartwork=true)  (or: http://bit.ly/2iyFt5Z).  It is available in sizes up to 4′ x 8′ (4 ft x 8 ft)
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Up to his Haunches

Meanwhile up on the high slopes of Mount Hood the bears had been feasting on an abundant crop of Huckleberries, to prepare for hibernation

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A bear story

Early Spring on the shores of ice-covered Yellowstone lake. We saw each other at the same time, then he started walking toward me. He stopped at a few yards and turned around. Then repeated, unsure of which way to go. (It later became apparent he wanted to cross into a meadow and I was in the way.) In his walking away segments I was able to aim my camera with a reasonably steady hand; when walking toward me… hmm… that’s strange… I can’t seem to find those photos… :)
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Left Behind

That morning when he realized he wouldn’t be with the other blackbirds following the sun to the South this year…
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Winter Perch

A Red-Tailed Hawk keeping an eye on things at Ridgefield NWR (Near Vancouver, Washington)
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