Cloud Cap Inn

July 11, 2015

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The last Sunday in June a friend and I went to Cloud Cap Inn for a tour offered by the Forest Service.  It’s only available during summer and only on Sundays.

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It’s one of those places near me that I’ve always wanted to go see, but until now didn’t take the opportunity.

Steider Studios.Bear Grass on Cloud Cap Road.6.28.15

Bear Grass blooms lined one section of the winding gravel road bringing life back to the charred forest from the Gnarl Ridge wildfire in 2008.

Steider Studios.Ranger Ron at Cloud Cap Road.6.28.15

Ranger Ron Kikel is incredibly knowledgeable and led us through the Inn room by room, telling us the history of the Cloud Cap Inn.

Steider Studios.Cloud Cap Inn Tour.6.28.15-2Most of the interior was too dark for my camera without a tripod or flash but one of the tiny bedrooms, flooded with light from a window displayed signatures from those who stayed at the inn and signed their names on the bedroom walls.

Steider Studios.Cloud Cap Inn Tour.6.28.15-4The dining area ~ boots lining the top beam belong to Crag Rats, the oldest volunteer mountain rescue group in North America.  They have leased this building for more than 50 years as a staging site for rescues on Mt. Hood.

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Built in 1889, the Cloud Cap Inn is the country’s oldest high alpine ski cabin. It was built on the site of the first “season long” public resort at timberline (1883), a tent camp hosted by Mrs. David Cooper, of the Cooper Family which gave its name to the distinctive ridge above the inn.

The inn, built at an elevation of 5837′, was constructed of amabilis fir, cut from a site about 2.5 miles below the inn and hauled up the mountain by teams of horses. William Marcy Widden, a Portland architect drew the plans.”

You can read more here and Google for images of days gone by.

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Out the back door, we enjoyed our picnic lunch, then hiked this little path.

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Clouds gently blew in and we caught a few sprinkles of rain.

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One last shot of Mt. Hood before heading back to our ‘city’.

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By the way, we thought we had to park at the campground below Cloud Cap Inn and walk up, but there’s a large gravel parking lot you drive up to.  The road isn’t as daunting as it looks.

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On the way back down we stopped at Inspiration Point.  The waterfall and river were muddy brown.

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At the bottom of the Inspiration Point trail is this stone monument.  I would love to know the story of Stephen.

Steider Studios.Mt Adams behind Burned Trees.6.28.15

Driving on Cloud Cap Road through the scorched forest was eery.  On a clear day we could’ve seen Mt Adams glow as the sun lit her up.

Steider Studios.Wild Lily on Cloud Cap Road.6.28.15One last delight, among the wildflowers blooming was a stand of wild lilies.  It was another fabulous day in the Columbia River Gorge.

Steider Studios:  Path to Elowah Falls

My friend Lori said to take a workshop with David Cobb or any of the Photo Cascadia ‘Best of the Northwest’ photographers if I had an opportunity.

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls

I found a workshop offered here at home in the Columbia River Gorge with David Cobb and Zack Schnepf so I didn’t have any travel expenses!

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls

Zack is the son of my glassy friend, Raphael Schnepf, so I thought it would be a very fun adventure and I was right!!

Steider Studios:  Bottom of Elowah Falls

 I took this series of shots at our first session at Elowah Falls at dark thirty in the morning.  Yes, dark thirty – I left home at 5am!  Mist was so high many of us got soaked while crossing the bridge in the foreground.

Steider Studios:  Ferns Against Black Rocks

I played with different exposures & settings looking for that ‘wow’ factor.  Not sure I found it, but I had fun and the experience was enlightening.

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls Hiking In

I like how you can see the falls and creek in this shot through the lush trees along the path.

Steider Studios:  Moss.Lichen

I always like focusing on details when I’m out and about.

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls.Hiking Out

Another shot of the falls and creek through the forest from another stop in the path.

Steider Studios:  Wild Bleeding Heart

Wildflowers were plentiful.

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls Through Trees

I think I like how the trees and branches frame the falls……

Steider Studios:  Elowah Falls Through Trees.Cropped

…I like it cropped better though.  Which version do you prefer?

I have a thousand photos to go through, so will have to take a couple of posts to tell you about the entire weekend.  It was fantastic & I have to agree with Lori – if you have an opportunity to take a workshop with David Cobb, Zack Schnepf or any of the excellent photographers from Photo Cascadia do it!

Steider Studios:  Trout Lake Creek.  10.18.13

We’ve had a fantastic fall, full of warm days and cool evenings that bring out fall colors in our foliage.  I went up to Trout Lake to photograph Mt. Adams reflected in the lake; but actually think the above shot, Trout Lake Creek is my best for that day.

Steider Studios:  Fall Color on Mt. Adams.  10.18.13

Into Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Mt. Adams, I think I missed the best show of fall by a week but still caught some color.

Steider Studios:  Mt. Adams over Trout Lake.  10.18.13

My take on this classic shot.  I think I’ll go back for sunrise and sunset tries over the next few seasons and see what I can come up with.

Steider Studios:  Red Leaves

Heading back down the mountain, I stopped at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge but saw no wildlife.  The leaves were mostly past prime there also.

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I did see mushrooms.  All kinds and colors!

Steider Studios:  Red Mushrooms. 10.27.13

Until now I’ve never seen a mushroom as red as this one!

Steider Studios:  Golden Sunset 10.9.13

Not taken on the same day, but a good ending for this post, I caught this magnificent golden autumn sunset over the Columbia River Gorge.  I’ve probably said it too many times but I am so lucky to live here!!

You can see many of my photographs published as all occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop.

Do you feel a change in the air?

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Steider Studios:  Tiny Waterfall

This weekend I attended a photo conference that inspired and fueled my passion for photography.

Steider Studios:  Wahclella Falls

It began Friday with a hike to Wahclella Falls near Bonneville Dam.  Most of the other photographers were landscape enthusiasts.

Steider Studios:  Fish Swimming Upstream

I love great landscapes, but am more captivated with nature.  In the creek leading to Wahclella Falls, fish were swimming upstream.

Steider Studios:  Spider Sups at Waterfall

Spiders were building webs and capturing prey……

Steider Studios:  Dipper at Wahclella Falls

…and at the end of our hike I found a Dipper perched on a rock!

Steider Studios:   Starvation Creek Falls

To our delight, the group leader added a second stop at Starvation Creek Falls .

Steider Studios:  Mt. Hood at Sunrise.10.13.13

Saturday I attended five lectures on various technical or inspirational topics, then Sunday enjoyed another field trip.  Mt. Hood at sunrise!  Unfortunately clouds hampered our view, but I can go back another time if I can drag myself out of bed that early again.

Steider Studios:  Mt. Hood at Sunrise10.13.13

Eventually the clouds broke up and we had a semi-clear view of the mountain before it was time to leave.

Steider Studios:  Top of Mt.Hood

As we left, I grabbed this last shot of the top of Mt. Hood.  I love living amidst the majesty of the Columbia River gorge.

Steider Studios:  Red Breasted Sapsucker

Most inspiring to me was Friday evening keynote speaker, Paul Bannick.  Taking his lecture to heart and paying even more attention to habitat than before, I was able to capture this Red-breasted sapsucker near my studio following the conference.   I could go on and on about how fabulous Paul is, but I am rushing out for another hike to find more birds!  Go like his Facebook Page and buy his book, but I warn you – prepare to be awed!

In case you didn’t know it, many of my images are available as all-occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop.  Some have also been printed on canvas wraps and glossy aluminum.

This just in!  I decided to turn 12 of my Columbia River Gorge landscape photographs into a calendar and the result is now available for pre-order.  I’m excited about it and my friends have already been ordering them!  If you’d like to have one (or more for gift-giving), they’re $20.   You can pre-order by sending me a message via the comments section.  They should arrive at my doorstep next week and I can send a PayPal invoice to your email.  Watermark will not be on calendar pages.

I’ll have them available at the Soroptimist Extravaganza in Hood River November 24th.  Exit 64 off Interstate 84……

 …and at the Left Coast Artists Collective:  December 7 and 8 at the  Multnomah Arts Center Gymnasium, which is located at 7688 SW Capitol Highway in Portland Oregon;  right off I5 at the Capitol exit.

I hope to add a few at Columbia Art Gallery  and  The Dalles Art Center after these 2 shows.  And of course you can always contact me directly!

November Notes

November 12, 2012

October flew by in an instant and I want to catch up if I can!  I’ve been working on new earrings and you know I can’t make just one pair.  Tedious work cutting out tiny rectangles of glass in every color I want to play with, then cutting even tinier accent pieces!  The end result is gorgeous, so I have to make them!  There are over 350 pairs in this photo (along with a few student tiles – I’m also teaching a class at The Dalles Art Center each week) and I have another 150 pair ready to fire.  Then I’ll finish them up and hopefully sell them at upcoming holiday shows and my on-line shop.

My first fall event is only two weeks away!  The Mt. Adams Soroptimist 8th Annual Pre-Holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza takes place Saturday, November 24th from 10am until 4pm at the Best Western Hood River Inn (exit 64 off I84), Hood River Oregon.  I’ll have beautiful glass there as well as my friends Kathy Watne with her enamels, Elizabeth See with paintings, JoDean Sarins jewelry  and more!  It’s one day only, tons of fun, and one of my favorite shows to do!  Come say hi if you’re in the area!!

I was invited to participate in the inaugural event of The Left Coast Artists Collective, a group of 20 women who are holding an “Artful Gift Sale” Friday, December 7 and Saturday the 8th.  Multnomah Arts Center Gymnasium is located in Portland Oregon at  7688 SW Capitol Highway and is right off I5 at the Capitol exit.  Coinciding with a pottery show, you’ll find wonderful gifts for giving this holiday season from some amazing artists.  I am honored they asked me to join them!  You can see some of the work that will be available on their Facebook Page.

I was a semi-finalist in Lytro’s first ever contest with my hummingbird shot!   I wrote about entering the contest back in August in this post:  Love my Lytro!   My prize was a gift basket filled with Lytro accessories.  This photo is my Lytro camera surrounded with all the fun new accessories.  It was a delightful experience and I’d like to thank my friends again for voting for my photos!

Fall produced spectacular color this year so I took every opportunity to get out of the studio and take a few shots during the especially long season with my new camera.

I live in such a majestically beautiful area, the Columbia River Gorge, there is not a bad photo to be taken here.

If all the above weren’t enough, I’ve been living under plastic while my little cabin undergoes a desperately needed face lift.  The job is 90% complete and most of the furniture has been moved back in place but with the onslaught of fall shows and upcoming gallery holiday shows, I probably won’t finish until January.

I just delivered new work to The Dalles Art Center for their annual holiday show, opening on Sunday, November 18th.  The Columbia Art Gallery‘s December Show – Holiday Treasures will open December 8th in Hood River.  Both galleries focus on artful, affordable gifts for your gift giving options.   Hope to see you at a fall show, or perhaps run into you at one of my galleries!

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