Late Fall in the Columbia Hills


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The Dalles Mountain Ranch

It was a chilly start on the east side of the mountains, 18 degrees and a light breeze. I decided to do some exploring at the Dalles Mountain Ranch State Park in the Columbia Hills.

In late spring the Hills will be covered in golden balsamroot, red paintbrush and purple lupine. In contrast in early December it was a stark, beautiful scene with patches of snow on the ground.

The views were spectacular, with the Columbia River stretching far to the east.

On the way home I photographed a few blacktail deer. They are always a pleasure to see.

Mt. Hood from Columbia Hills

This year’s Blacktail Deer enjoying a snack

Brrrrr!

Columbia Hills

Blacktail Doe (hasn’t spotted me but clearly is on the alert)

Columbia Hills

Vernonia Lake in the Coastal Mountains

Wildflowers in the Columbia Hills (taken in spring of this year)

 

 

 

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5 comments

  1. Hi, I just found your site via Jet Eliot blog. So glad I found it. Cheers

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  2. The picture of Mt. Hood from the Columbia Hills reminds me of the beginning of a suspenseful movie. It really paints the picture of a cold wintry day and a long trek ahead. It is absolutely stunning.

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