Friday, 26th July 2013
by Michael Flaherty
The Columbia River has been dropping lately after reaching a high point. The "river of the west" originates high in the Canadian Rockies and flows not far from where I live through the Columbia River Gorge. I had been trying new places to access the river, and this spot I accessed by hiking across a wet meadow and then bush-wacking through thorny blackberries to the shore. I was met by high water that had flooded the cottonwoods and other trees growing along the river. I tried wading in to get a view of the river, but it was above my head. So I worked my way along the shore, trying to find an opening. I never did find one, but this quiet backwater and semi-abstracted scene was the reward. Nature does have a way of rewarding those who stick with her.
Equipment: Canon DSLR
Photographer and earth scientist/educator based in Oregon.