Super Bloom, Columbia River Gorge


Update 5/26/16


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See you on the trail...


Hi Folks-

It’s been an interesting spring out there. After hearing about the “super bloom” in Death Valley I decided to dedicate several spring days to photographing our own super bloom on the east end of the gorge. The fun began in late March with visits to old favorites - Catherine Creek and Lyle Cherry Orchard - as they began their bloom cycle. Celine and I had a great discovery the last weekend in March when we stumbled upon a hike we’d been hearing about near the Dalles. Seven Mile Mountain is a small section of forest service land which boasts a south facing slope with big views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams. It’s not a trailed destination but if one is willing to wander around the slope for a few hours you will be treated to one of the most prolific and diverse wildflower displays I’ve encountered in the gorge. After discovering this little gem, I was determined to come back to the spot and document the landscape with better lighting conditions. It's all about the light.

Super bloom, spring, 2016

There’s still plenty of flowers out there.I hope you get a chance to enjoy them!

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5 Responses to “Super Bloom, Columbia River Gorge”

  1. Ann Augustine says:

    Wow. Spectacular.

    · May 17, 2016 @ 5:31 am


    • Larry N. Olson says:

      Thanks, the oaks were made near sunset and the Mt Hood landscape also.

      · May 22, 2016 @ 7:25 pm


  2. Rick Ray says:

    Nice work, Larry!

    Anne and I met on Seven Mile Hill in 1999, and we’d never seen it like is was this spring.

    · May 18, 2016 @ 3:57 pm


    • Larry N. Olson says:

      I believe you married after that hike!

      · May 22, 2016 @ 7:11 pm


  3. Peter Morrill says:

    Hey Larry, great super bloom pictures! It’s been quite the spring here in Boise also. Thanks for sharing! Peter

    · May 30, 2016 @ 2:22 pm


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