We recently had a nice cold spell that dumped about 6-8 inches of fresh snow in the Columbia River Gorge. When this happens, it doesn’t stick around for too long, so you really have to get out there quickly.
Sometimes they close the highway (I-84) between Troutdale and Cascade Locks, so I was excited when I woke up to find that the highway was open even though it didn’t sound too good out there; patches of black ice… I decided to take my chances and head out for the fun. The highway was pretty bad, and even with studded tires, I didn’t try to get over 35mph. I saw several jack-knived trucks along the way and a few spun out cars here and there. When I finally made it to the Eagle Creek trailhead, I was the only one there!
Imagery such as this has many facets that only dedicated photographers might comprehend. Viewers might appreciate the end result but may never know certain elemental factors that must be considered before going forth. Those include road conditions, potential road closures, time to arise to make the effort, sacrifice of family time and responsibilities, not to mention the hike in to such areas and the inherent dangers involved with snow/ice especially if going in alone. These are but a few of the invisible elements that I initially note behind the acquisition of such fine art winter imagery.
Jesse… I’m amazed so few have found their way to your blog and to the ability to reflect upon such determined efforts to share what’s relevant within your world at this time.
Personally, the evolution of your perspective has been a marvel to explore for one fortunate enough to have found it online.
Thanks Rick. My blog is fairly new, and just now getting discovered more and more. I appreciate the comments, and feedback; these conditions CAN be frustrating at times to say the least…