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Statue at Beebe Springs Natural Area

This was taken at Beebe Spring Natural Area near Chelan Falls, Washington. Beebe Springs is an area along the Columbia River where native Americans used to dig Camas bulbs. This and several other statues of women digging bulbs are among the features of area, though it is also a good place for bird-watching and wildflowers. We were in the area in August on Native Orchid Society excursion, but the area was very smoky from the wildfires burning in the area. My apologies for the delay in responding to comme…

Columbia Gorge from Dog Mountain

The view is west from near the top of Dog Mountain. The other peak is Wind Mountain and the other side of the river is the state of Oregon. The flowers in the foreground include Indian Paintbrush, Balsamroot and Lupine. This was a hike we did a few weeks ago, a total of 7-8 miles and 2800 feet in elevation gain.

Connors Lake

This is where we were this morning, at Connors Lake in Sinlahekin Wildlife area. We were on our way back from eastern Washington and stopped here for a couple of hours. It had rained during the night and the fog was still hanging over the lakes and in the valleys.

Columbia Sunrise

This was taken by my wife on a recent visit to the Columbia River gorge. We were preparing to climb Dog Mountain as the sun rose and she took this excellent shot just before we started hiking.

Lower Palouse Falls

These are the Lower Palouse Falls once again, this time from one of the viewpoints on the buttes overlooking the falls. It is hard in a photo to give the scale here, but these falls drop 180 feet (55 m) and the canyon at that point is 377 feet deep (115 m). Nor is this a large volume of water for these falls. At certain times of the year the falls appear to have nearly twice as much water coming over and into the canyon below. I wish, too, that it had been a better day, but we take what we get when doin…

Upper Palouse Falls

Taken at the edge of the Upper Falls of the Palouse River, the view is downstream where the Lower Falls are found. These Upper Falls are also known as Squaw Falls and the more dramatic Lower Falls are just beyond the cliff on the right.

Upper Palouse Falls and the Mohawk from Below

Near the Upper Falls of the Palouse River it is possible to hike down into the canyon and see the falls and the canyon from this perspective. In fact it is possible to hike to the top of the Lower Falls from her following the river under the cliff on the right. The basalt formation around which the river runs is the Mohawk, seen now from below.

Eastern Washington Scablands

The view here is south from one of the overlooks at Palouse Falls State Park over the scablands of eastern Washington where the park and falls are located. The Palouse River flows through this canyon into the Snake River a few miles further south. It is possible to kayak up the river from its confluence with the Snake to the base of the falls.

Upper Palouse Falls

The falls in the previous picture are just around the corner on the right from this viewpoint. Shown are the Upper Falls of the Palouse River, also know as Squaw Falls, really little more than a series of cascades that drop about 30 feet. The massive basalt formation around which the river runs is known as the Mohawk. These falls are a bit of a hike from the Lower Falls but it is well worth the time and effort.
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