What’s Been Going On?

Since I haven’t posted for a while, I thought I’d talk about what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. As always, there were quite a few trips taken last month, both during and after my visit with my long-time friend from Columbus, Ohio (my old stomping grounds). We had a great time together. She’s one of those friends that you may not see for a couple of years, but don’t miss a beat when you get together again.

In addition to getting a mani-pedi, we went to the Columbia River Gorge while my friend was here — no hiking (my friend didn’t bring hiking shoes), but Multnomah Falls is not to be missed by any visitor. . .

Multnomah Falls in October
Vista House in Columbia River Gorge
Sunset in the Gorge from the Vista House

We also went to the coast — another must-see destination — but once again (see previous blog) the weather was suboptimal.

Tunnel created by the ocean’s erosion of the rock
Hazy view of the coastline

We went to the coast again last week and the weather was nice, so I’m inclined to think the inclement weather has something to do with guests. I’ll be able to test that theory the next time someone comes to visit, I suppose.

We’ve had a couple of really nice trips lately, excluding one to a location we’ve been trying to find for several months. I was determined, so three tries later, we finally found it — Niagara Falls (the Oregon variety)!

Proof that Niagara Falls exists in Oregon

I had noticed that the websites listing it note that it’s a spring/fall destination, but I wasn’t deterred by that fact. Unfortunately, since we went in the summer — after 83 days without any appreciable rainfall — it was less than interesting. In fact, it didn’t have any flow at all!

The trickle that was Niagara Falls

We were excited we had finally found it, but I’m not sure it’s a destination we’ll return to even if I could find it again . . . Here was my consolation prize:

Lovely fungi growing on a tree

Where we will return is to the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby, Oregon. It’s 40 acres of dahlias — all colors, shapes, and sizes. Here are just a few of the photographs I took there:

Don’t they just brighten your day?

For more of my photographs, visit my website at sherrylevasseurphotography.com.

Next time: Eagle Creek and Astoria!