Monthly Archives: September 2016

Fall is in the air

With fall making it’s annual pilgrimage through our region, the leaves are starting to change color, the weather is cooling a bit, so we can be refreshed by the cooler air.  Normally, I would g looking for cooler spots earlier while it is warmer, but that was not the case this year.  I’ve put it off, so now it will likely be cooler and wet.  Ahh, such is fall weather.  I did find a new waterfalls,  well, its obviously not new, just I have not been there recently to take photos.  There are numerous books about the falls and trails in the Columbia Gorge ( I have many copies ).  Maybe one day I will get to most of them.  This one is a nice little hike of about a mile or so in.  The parking lot is small, so it’s best to get there early, or you may get more of a hike than you planned on.  You are requested to pay the $5 National Park fee and put the tag on your dash.  The trail is nicely maintained, but after the first bridge, it becomes a little more challenging.  Lots of up and downs and rocks and roots to watch for.  The climbs are not long and sustained, but can be a bit steep in spots.  It is recorded as having an elevation gain of 350 feet, it is a two tiered falls, the water falling 60 feet in the lower section.  USGS calls it Tanner Creek Falls, but the Mazama’s named it Wahclella Falls after a local Native American village.  Enjoy the cool water and breezes.

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Urban Canyons

I’m always amazed at the structures that we put up on a city block.  Some large, some not quite so large, but they all take up our space and usually take away some our sky/sun.  As I travel back and forth along our west coast (or left coast as some would say), I guess I notice more and more the changes in the skylines.  After checking, it had been two years since I had last been to Seattle, (didn’t seem like that long) but as I was looking out t he window of my cousin’s condo, I counted over 20 cranes working on buildings.  And that was just what was within my view, not the ones on the other side of the building.  I then noticed that some of the view of the harbor was no longer visible though it had been two years ago.  So Seattle is growing rapidly.  I’m sure it is not the only place.  Our Portland is also filling it’s skyline with cranes and buildings as well.  Seems to be the way of progress at this point.  This is where the title comes into play.  If you were to be out in nature, and the sky gets restricted, the walls rise up, maybe the air gets still,  you might find yourself  in a canyon. each are different, each can be quite beautiful, some are quite deep, taking us a long time to work our way back out.  Many find these places a good place to live.  The Urban Canyon.  The places we build, to live and work in.  Sort of follows last weeks images of the patterns of the buildings.

 


Patterns – man-made this time

I was at a bit of a loss as to what to add this week.  I was between two subjects, and finally settled on this one.  Man made patterns.  It is a short installment, but covers three cities; San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.  We see these every day, unless we have become so involved in our phones or gadgets that we forget to look at the world around us.   The patterns from this edition are all the same – buildings.  But I find them interesting and at times fascinating, sometimes because of the colors, or maybe just the workers, sometimes just a small patch of color in otherwise bland surroundings, and what they are doing against the backdrop.  Some old, some new.  Keep your eyes open and see what you can see.

 


Labor?? Labor Day?

According to the official government website,  Labor Day started mostly by labor unions, around 1885-6.  The first state to make it official was Oregon in 1887.   So, I won’t argue  about who started what and when or why.  It seems the idea was to honor all of those people that helped make this country what it is.  That works for me.   We have put in our share in many different fields of expertise.   After some of the travels that I have made (not really that many) one of the things that I noticed the most was the changes in the way labor has changed.  I am referring to manual labor here, that is the kind I am most familiar with.  I have done a fair amount over the years growing up on a farm, working with the logging and trucking industries.  Being interested in old world machinery and practices pulls all of this out even more.  The improvements in these areas has been tremendous in just my few short years. So take today and remember those who plowed your fields, loaded your trucks, changed your fan belts, cleaned your windows or baled your hay and thrashed your grain, sawed your lumber and drove your bus.   Lean back and have a burger for those that chased the cow that made your burger and ‘shake.   And to all a good day!!