Columbia Center Aglow

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There is much beauty in nature. But we can certainly combine modern structures with nature to create beauty, too. The Columbia Center is the tallest building in the state of Washington, and indeed in all of Cascadia. Plunging into the cloudy sky, it favorably reflects the sun on a spring day. Photo: Taken in Downtown Seattle on 19 May 2015.

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Orcas on Orcas Island

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I thought it would be fun to have a photo of orcas. As in, orca whales. But I don’t have any such pictures. Yet. But I do have a picture of an artwork with orcas on it. And I found it at Orcas. Which is a place on Orcas Island. Which is in the San Juan Islands, of course. So, you should remember the orcas from Orcas, and remember to pronounce both of those words (the mammal and the place name) correctly. Photo: Taken from the ferry Evergreen State heading from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island on 25 June 2008.

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Trains in the Columbia Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most scenic places in Cascadia. But despite all of that beauty, the area has successfully been a transportation artery for as long as there have been people here. Boat, train, and highway traffic co-exist with nature; sometimes more successfully than others. The train passes through at least hourly throughout the day, and blends nicely into the background. At least this one is not full of hazardous materials. Photo: Taken from the Oregon side of the river near Hood River (the train is Westbound on the Washington side) on 16 June 2007.

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Partly Cloudy in Cascade Locks

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I guess it isn’t unusual in Cascadia to have one of those days where you are looking out at a sunny spot, yet you are standing in a light rain. No where is that more common than in the Columbia River Gorge. Just typical weather here over the Columbia River. Photo: Taken at Cascade Locks on 16 June 2007.

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Always Foggy at the Beach

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No matter where you are on the Pacific coast of Cascadia, it is mesmerizing to just stand and watch the surf wash up on the beach. And, despite the title above, it only seems foggy at the beach most of the time. The waves just keep rolling in, never stopping, from points unknown in the vast ocean. The beach itself is where we can be. And the fog comes, of course, on little cat feet. Photo: Taken at Cannon Beach on 19 August 2009.

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Sunrise on Marquam Hill

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One of the most fascinating things about Portland is that you can be so very close to the center of the city, yet it can feel like being on the edge of nowhere. On Sunday morning, the commuters heading to OHSU are not around, leaving a quiet and peaceful setting as the sun rises over Terwilliger Blvd. Photo: Taken in Southwest Portland on 9 May 2009.

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Mount Hood in the Morning

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It is still hazy on a Spring morning with the sun coming up. The city and the state come in layers: The mountain in the background. The hills of East Portland. A couple of buildings from the South Waterfront. And, finally, a bit of shrubbery next to the sidewalk on Terwilliger Blvd. Photo: Taken in Southwest Portland on 9 May 2009.

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Beach Near the Ferry

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If we tend to pass things by quickly during the day, we may tend to only see big, literal things. So one day, as I was relaxing at a park in Downtown Edmonds near the ferry terminal, I tried to take a look at the things that others might miss. So while we might only see a ferry at the terminal, here the focus is on the tree growing out of the sandy beach. And some beach grass. And a park bench, just in front of where the photo is being taken from. (And for ferry fans, the ferry M/V Spokane is just at the edge of the photo.) Photo: Taken near the ferry terminal in Edmonds on 24 February 2015.

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Oso Landslide

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You can read about a catastrophic event all you want, but it sometimes doesn’t really hit home until you see the destruction or the aftermath. I recently had reason to drive past the site of the 2014 Oso Landslide about 10 months after it happened. Seeing the size of the slide and the hill really puts things into perspective. Yes, the homes and the lives of the people who were there are all gone, leaving only the mark in the land. The strength of nature is awesome sometimes — more so when you see it in person. Photo: Taken near on Highway 530 near Oso on 29 January 2015.

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Sunset Over Puget Sound

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It’s really hard to pass up the opportunity to take photos at sunset, especially if the evening is as beautiful as this. Somewhere between the bright sunshine and darkness is an amazing light show seen against the sky and the clouds. And indeed. Fifteen minutes later, it was dark. Photo: Taken at Richmond Beach Waterfront Park in Shoreline on 6 October 2014.

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