Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.




We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.


Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape


Eagle Creek Wildfire

The Eagle Creek Fire is a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The fire was reported on September 2, 2017, and was caused by teenagers igniting illegal fireworks. As of September 11, 2017, the fire had slowed growth, due to rain, yet still expanded 2,000 acres overnight, to 35,588 acres.

Fire and smoke from Columbia River Gorge on September 4, 2017


I was with Mercy and Will at a park in North Portland on the afternoon of September 14. I took a few photos of the sun around 6:20 p.m. The smoke was still heavy in the sky. The ray of the sun was filtered by the smoke and turned the sky into a smoky red. I hope the rain will come soon to reduce the smoke in the air.




Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is WATER.

After posting photos of sky and ocean, I want to go inland to find water. I have visited many botanical gardens and Japanese gardens where manmade waterfalls and ponds are beautiful features. I love to capture the images of the goldfish.

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California
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Los Angeles Arboretum, California
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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

I recently visited Moulton Falls in Washington State and had a wonderful time with Will and Mercy swimming in the river. We only went to one area with a small waterfall. Will does kayaking often in this river and used to ride down the highest fall.  We also visited Multnomah Fall in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon a while back. Multnomah Fall is 620 feet high and is the tallest fall in the State of Oregon.

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Moulton Falls, Washington
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Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon


Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Maternity Photos

Mercy and Will had the maternity photos taken at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Here is Mercy’s comment: “Thank you, Kristin Solomon, for the lovely maternity photos. It was fun hanging out in the Gorge with you! It was special to take the baby to one of our favorite places.”

All photo credit goes to Kristin Solomon.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.
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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.
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London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.
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This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.
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This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Visit Travel

Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is the theme Travel, “Travel does not require it to be far or exotic, but simply any trip to where you do not live.” Frank said.

We have three kinds of travel – sightseeing, relaxing, and visiting family.

Our last trip was for family visit. My husband I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon. We went to The Salty’s for a seafood buffet brunch on Saturday instead of Sunday. We were told that there were 1,800 guests on Sunday. It was such a delight to have window seating; watching the soothing water while eating. The food was delicious and abundant. Each of us made at least three trips to get different kind of food!

After brunch, we went to Kelley Point Park and enjoyed our walk in this fresh green park full of sky tall trees. At one corner of the park, we found an old dock with an abandoned anchor. From the dock, we watched the after rain dramatic clusters of clouds, the lightly lit sky and the somewhat calm river with distant docks and boats.





On Sunday afternoon we went to St. John City Street Fair. Many roads were blocked off of traffic. Vendors from all kind of businesses had their displays in booths, selling their products. Kids were free running around. There were laughers everywhere. All four of us took turn to spin the hula hoop. It was such a relaxing, interesting and enjoying time for families and people in the community.

On our way home, I spotted a nice landscape from the neighborhood. I couldn’t resist taking a photo!


Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Travel

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Kelley Point Park, Portland, OR

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On May 13, 2017 Mercy and Will took my husband and I to Kelley Point Park in Portland, Oregon. The park is full of sky reaching trees and green bushes. It was right after the rain. The ground was still wet. We could smell the fresh green in the air. The park was along two rivers – Willamette River and Columbia River.

During Lewis and Clark expedition, they ascended Columbia River in 1805, and descended in 1806, but missed the mouth of Willamette River. The Native Americans had been in this areas around 1850. Since 1900, Willamette River became a significant river. Rich with sediments, deposited by flooding and rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, the Willamette Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in North America,

The middle group of trees in the last photo is the point where Willamette River meets Columbia River.

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Cee’s Which Way – May 12, 2017

Daily Prompt: Descend