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Gates of Eden

By CraigBill    
Rain greeted my arrival into Oneonta Gorge located with the Columbia River Gorge natural area. My short hike into this absolutely beautiful world was met with some concern. First, the trail starting into the Gorge is made of a cold stream. So it was cold wet, and rainy, but that did not discourage me a bit about visiting this area for the first time. Previous travel photos I had seen of the Columbia River Gorge, lured me across the country to this spot. And my sense of adventure was totally peaked. Next, now that I was wet, I had to climb a twenty foot fallen log dam. This wooden barrier was completely slick with very little places to grab unto. One fall here and this trip would be over! Carefully I balanced and crawled with my forty pound back pack. I remember thinking that I should have secured some equipment insurance before I came here!

Beyond the climbing obstacle, the water wonderland gorge opened up to meet me. Just magical! Quiet and commanding, this place is to be returned to. Although someone had warned me, I was terrified by the occasional falling rocks from above. In fact, a twenty pound rock landed a few feet away - and that would have ended this trip for certain for me or the camera! While capturing various angles of this emerald green abyss, I would have to wipe my lens every time, or it became so soaked that the images were ruined!

Tags: Waterfalls Oregon Landscape and travel Columbia gorge

Voters: Spkr51, ladynewbury, Saastad and 22 more


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Spkr51 5 United States
2 May 2019 1:07AM
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Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
2 May 2019 1:50AM
Sounds like you have worked hard for this photo Bill! The result is very beautiful, and it must be fun to have pictures of things that not many people have. Great work!

Arne Smile
2 May 2019 2:12AM

Quote:Sounds like you have worked hard for this photo Bill! The result is very beautiful, and it must be fun to have pictures of things that not many people have. Great work!

Arne Smile



Thank you!
barrywebb 15 44 7 United Kingdom
2 May 2019 6:29PM
Looks like another magical location. You do visit some astonishing places! Hard work pays off.
Barry
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
8 Jun 2019 1:34AM
Shhee - you sure do see some wonderful places, Craig, and shoot, and write very eloquently about them. A gorgeous image. A'll be back ta gong ya m8. Smile Don't know why I go Aussie when I say that.

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