Fall in Columbia River Gorge

A few weeks ago I traveled to Portland, Oregon for a work conference, and I took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Northwest by renting a car on the last day to drive the Columbia River Gorge scenic drive. Not only was Multnomah Falls as impressive as expected, that drive in autumn was one of my all time favorite drives. And all of the waterfalls along the route were gorgeous!

Despite the pouring rain, I explored much of the area, almost in complete solidarity at times, and I loved every minute of it. Here are a few of my favorite shots – most with a new wide-angle lens, which proved to be perfect for waterfalls and scenery.

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Hiking Forest Park with new friends

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Along the Columbia River Highway

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Bridal Veil Lodge

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Multnomah Falls
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Looking down from the top of Multnomah Falls, after a very steep hike

 

 

Photo(s) of the Day: Ruby Falls

On our drive home from Atlanta to Kansas City, we stayed in Chattanooga, TN. I booked the hotel in advance knowing nothing about the town; we just needed a place to rest. When we arrived, we were greeted with tons of brochures about Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, and zip-lining/ropes courses. All of those sounded fun, but we decided to check out Ruby Falls since it opened the earliest and we had a 10-hour drive ahead of us.

The Ruby Falls tour consisted of a one-mile cave hike several hundred feet below ground. The stalactites and stalagmites were beautiful!
After hiking back to the falls through narrow corridors, the cave opened up into a huge room.
As everyone frantically snapped photos in our timed seven minutes at the falls, I stepped back and photographed the people for a sense of scale.
Ruby Falls drops 145 feet from the cave ceiling to an underground pond below.
The natural beauty of the cave (seen with artificial light).