January 12, 2012
When people ask “what inspires you?” I want to show them photos I’ve taken near my home in the Columbia River Gorge. The Pacific Northwest is full of spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, but this area defines rugged awe-inspiring beauty.
Today I was awake, dressed and in town before sunrise, sitting in a parking lot along the Columbia River waiting for friends. I was graced with pink skies as the sun woke up, framing Mt. Hood with a splendor that took my breath away.
What were we doing so early, you ask? Heading to the Klickitat River where eagles can be counted in the dozens on some days, we were hoping for a lively show this morning.
Last week I counted 16 in the same spot and watched in amazement as they soared overhead, singing to one another. This morning there were only six, but we were thrilled to spot them in surrounding trees.
Did I mention it was 20 degrees? We were cold, so stayed less than an hour before our fingers were too numb to push our shutter buttons.
Back in our semi-warm car, we drove to the head of the Klickitat River where it flows into the Columbia.
We counted five young eagles, but no white headed birds. Four were sitting on a slag and the fifth was soaring over the sandbar.
Our next stop was Doug’s Beach, where I’ve seen eagles perched on tree tops next to the Columbia River.
We saw three bald eagles flying against the canyons, but my camera would not reach that far, so I shot photos of us instead.
We crossed the Columbia and traveled west to Meyer Park, another great eagle watching spot, but there were none to be seen on the Oregon side of the river this morning.
If you look close, you can see ice surrounding the inlet.
Our last stop of the day was the Hood River Marina where a flock of geese congregated on the expanse of lawn between the museum and DMV. No eagles, but big birds nonetheless.
My friends tell me I need to upgrade my point & shoot to a DSLR. They’re right, but if I don’t get back to the studio I won’t have anything to trade for the $$$ I need for that upgrade!
Take flight. Get inspired. Be creative. Chase eagles.