Spend 6 days during the peak green season photographing waterfalls, old-growth forests, wildflowers and spectacular views in the Columbia River Gorge. An excellent chance to create some fresh imagery after the 2017 fire! The photo opportunities are still there - perhaps even more so. Large areas remain unaffected by the fire and the trails are mostly still in great shape. The areas that burned allow more views now.
This workshop offers guided access to stunning landscapes and photo opportunities as well as instruction to enhance your photographic creative processes and techniques - both in camera and in post with your instructor Dan Sherwood. And as with all Oregon Photo Adventure workshops, I cater the instruction to individual desire and experience.
Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is the roughly 90-mile-long canyon through the Cascade Mountains, the only place in the entire range, which stretches from British Columbia to California where the mountains are split at near sea level. Here the river forms the border between Washington on the north side and Oregon on the south.
The Gorge is a place of spectacular natural beauty. The steep canyon walls rise in places to more than 4,000 feet above the river. It is a place of waterfalls, deep forests, near-desert bluffs and unusual geography and climate. Samuel Lancaster, who designed the first highway through the Gorge — it opened in 1922 and parts remain in use to this day, said of the Gorge, “God shaped these great mountains round about us, and lifted up these mighty domes. He fashioned the Gorge of the Columbia, fixed the course of the broad river, and caused the crystal streams both small and great, to leap down from the crags and sing their never ending songs of joy.”
The eastern end of the Gorge is in the rain shadow of the Cascades, where annual rainfall is just 14 inches at The Dalles, Oregon. The central and western Gorge, from the mouth of the Wind River, Washington, to a few miles beyond Cascade Locks, Oregon, is in the center of the mountains, where they catch frequent weather systems that move in from the Pacific Ocean. One hundred inches of rain in a year is not unusual.