Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tim Burton’s 1982 Hansel & Gretel for Disney


Tim Burton made a very bizarre adaptation of HANSEL & GRETEL in 1982 and need I say more!?! - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news.: "This was all made on a budget of $116,000 and obviously was not what Disney thought they were getting when they gave Burton the money to make the film. It never screened on television again, and only screened a few times as part of a traveling Burton exhibit by The Museum of Modern Art. Thankfully, we live in an age where nothing is truly lost, (except THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED) and the film has been found and uploaded to YouTube for all of us to enjoy. Trust me, it is even more bizarre than it sounds and is a nice piece of film history."

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Monday, June 23, 2014

HCRH Bike Tour - Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Ginko Spot - HCRH Bike Tour
Friends of the Columbia Gorge. HCRH State Trail. June 22, 2014
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HCRH Bike Tour
Friends of the Columbia Gorge. HCRH State Trail. June 22, 2014
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Eagle's Nest - HCRH Bike Tour
Friends of the Columbia Gorge. HCRH State Trail. June 22, 2014
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

Some photos from April and some information about these trail crews…

2014 Group Photo

Grant's Getaways: Pacific Crest Trail Logout | Portland: "In the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness - prized for silence, solitude and stunning scenery - you won’t hear phones, radios or TV. Yet each spring, you may hear the unique raspy tones of cross-cut saws at work across large trees that have fallen across the trail. It is the sound of trail-keepers who give their time and labor so hikers and campers have an easier way."

Mount Hood's wilderness sawyers are a cut above: "To keep the peace and solitude, groups hiking in wilderness are limited to 12 beating hearts. “That means, for example, 12 people, or six people and six horses, or four people, four horses and four dogs,” said Roberta Cobb, who has been clearing trails for the Mt. Hood Chapter of Pacific Crest Trail Association since the mid-1990s, “You get the idea.”"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Two or Three Waterfalls on Lindsey Creek?

Lindsey Creek

Acoustics can be strange, and the landscape, when seen from different angles, deceptive.  Points reached by different routes can be confusing…  

Lindsey Creek has two waterfalls for sure, Harrison Falls, actually visible from I-84 when the leaves are down in the winter, if you know where to look, and Lindsey Creek Falls. 

But I am not entirely sure that these are the only two.

Harrison Falls on Lindsey Creek (2013)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.
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The lower waterfall is sometimes called Lower Lindsey Creek Fall, but more and more it’s old name is returning to use, Harrison Falls.

... This waterfall [Lindsey Creek Falls] was called Harrison Falls early in the 20th century. After the original Columbia River Scenic Highway was built, a number of auto camps were built along the new road. The one that operated at Lindsey Creek was known as Harrison's Auto Camp. No trace of it remains.

Doug Gorsline, "" website, 2013 (Via

... Early postcards have this waterfall captioned as "Harrison Falls", or "Harrison Falls near Harrison Auto Camp, Columbia River Highway". I suspect this is simply a historic unofficial naming. ...Harrison Falls is the Historical name of this waterfall.

Known Alternate Names: Lower Lindsey Creek Falls.

Bryan Swan, "" website, 2013 (Via

It is easily reached by pulling off the eastbound freeway at the large turnout east of Lindsey Creek, where the old auto camp apparently was located. 

Lindsey Creek Turnout, Looking West (2013)
Lindsey Creek Turnout, Looking West (2013)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.
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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Photo Archive
Catalog Num: 1999.13.94P
Condition: Good
Location: The Dalles, Oregon
Content: No. 52. Harrison's Auto Camp, Columbia River Highway
Other Notes: description from above on correspondence
Photographer: B.C. Markham, The Dalles, Oregon

Today, nothing remains of the scene pictured above. Decades of flooding have wiped out not only the site of this camp but also the picnic area that was near Lindsey Creek until the 1960s.

Approximate Site Of Harrison Auto Camp and Picnic Area (2013)

HCRH. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.
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There is a sort of trail to the falls leading up the east bank of the creek, though it may require getting wet here and there (in November, at least, when I was there last).  Good views can also be found on the slopes above the west bank, at least when the leaves are down.  This is where I shot my photo of these falls from.

This area was also the original trailhead for the Mt. Defiance trail( 

Harrison Falls (2013)
Harrison Falls (2013)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.
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Still, looking at the map above, it seems like Harrison Falls may be marked a little too far upstream.  Standing on the west side of the ravine above, though, under the powerlines, one can hear Harrison Falls towards the freeway, but it sounds like there is another large waterfall upstream from it to the south, best heard from the south edge of the powerline clearing.

Above a waterfall?
Sure sounds like it, but it is tricky and dangerous getting much closer than this. Upstream from Harrison Falls so I think this is a different one.  There is a third further to the south, but I suspect this is the big one on Lindsey Creek, it's quite a drop between the valley on the right and the ravine on the left.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.

Not quite sure what is down there, and at first I thought it was the waterfall Scott Cook calls Lindsey Creek Falls in his book Pokin’ Round The Gorge, but reading the directions to that waterfall a little more closely, and then tracing them out on Google Earth, this is starting to sound more like the one marked on the map above and one I’ve glimpsed from the Lindsey Creek Road, which is marked in blue on the map below.

Jess - Lindesy Creek Road
Map by Paul Jess.

"Upper" Lindesy Creek Falls (2013)
"Upper" Lindsey Creek Falls from the old Lindsey Creek road grade (2013)
The perspective in the photo above is a bit strange, since it looks like it was taken from the west side of the ravine, but due to the meandering nature of the creek and the high power zoom, this is just an illusion, this was taken from the east side of the ravine.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. November 1, 2013.
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Cook’s directions to the falls start at the same location as Curious Gorge Hike #32: Summit Falls/Historic Highway Loop (pg. 76, 2012 edition), but then following the BPA access road’s east fork towards Lindsey Creek.

Follow the double track to the last tower, cut left around it then swing to the right, under the lines and over the sticks into the forest.  Pick your way on the old roadbed for a minute until you see a rough trail climbing down to the left.  Follow this down then angle upstream and bushwhack over to the creek … and take note of where you are so you can find it on the way back!  Now you begin to splash, bob, weave and hop for 8-9 minutes to the falls.

           Scott Cook.  Pokin’ Round the Gorge.  Hood River, OR: Scott Cook. 2008. 81.

Roughly recreating his directions in Google Earth leads to a map that looks like this, though in November 2013, few traces of the roads Cook describes were visible.  The route below is speculative, so please use caution if attempting to follow it, and it is based on a combination of Cook’s directions and my own experience in the area.

Upper Lindesy Creek Map

His photo of the falls themselves graces the cover of the book.  There are more inside, but due to the nature of that book, and this site, this is the only one I’m comfortable posting!

Lindsey Creek Falls

So, is there a hidden “Middle” Lindsey Creek Falls?  There could be.  Cook’s directions to the upper falls seems to bypass the area where the sound of a waterfall is coming from.  Also, zooming in a bit on Google Earth, there sure seems to be at least one waterfall down there that looks at least as large as Harrison Falls. 

Middle Lindsey Creek Falls
Click to enlarge…

One of these days I’ll pick my way down into that ravine and find out, unfortunately, the last time I was there I was by myself, it was getting late, and nobody really knew where I was if something went wrong, so I was playing it really safe and taking no risks.  But I think this summer, tramping up and down the creek on a hot summer day may be a fun adventure! 

I’ll update with what I find!

Update – Like 15 minutes later…

I need to remember to hit Google before I hit send…

A good thread (with great pictures) on Lindsey Creek.  Probably not a big “middle” falls in there, just lots of whitewater essentially making the whole stretch one big falls.  But there are more falls upstream from Lindsey Creek Falls.

Lindsey Creek 8 23 2011:

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parkdale Lava Flow Revealed | WyEast Blog

Parkdale Lava Flow Revealed | WyEast Blog: "The new LIDAR data viewer created by Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) offers a fascinating new look at familiar features in the Mount Hood region. This article focuses on the Parkdale Lava Flow, one of the formations where LIDAR offers an especially striking new look at the geologic story. Four sections of the Parkdale flow (shown on the index map, below) are the focus of the article."

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Q&A: Gerd Ludwig’s Long Look at the Chernobyl Disaster | PROOF

Q&A: Gerd Ludwig’s Long Look at the Chernobyl Disaster | PROOF: "Deep inside, at a dark hallway, we stopped in front of a heavy metal door. The engineer indicated I had only a brief moment to shoot. It took him a long minute to open the jammed door. The adrenaline surge was extraordinary. The room was absolutely dark, lit only by our headlamps. Wires were obstructing my view. At the far end of the room I could make out a clock. I was only able to fire off a few frames and wanted to wait for my flash to recharge. But he already pulled me out. I checked my pictures. Out of focus! I begged him to allow me in one more time. He gave me a few more seconds to frame the clock showing 1:23:58 AM—the time when on 26 April, 1986 in the building that housed Energy Block # 4, time stood forever still.” —Gerd Ludwig on photographing inside reactor #4, where an explosion caused a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. Ludwig describes this as one of the most challenging situations he has ever photographed."

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Barbarians at the Gate: In the Digital Age, Is Photography a Trade or an Art?

Yes, the "barbarians" are at the gate!  Run, hide, and feel insecure about your craft!
The following was in my email this morning.  I didn’t really want to take the time today to write a long post, but I’ve had some thoughts on this subject brewing in my head for a while now and seeing this article this morning brought it all together for me. 
So, here we go…
First, a clip from a post on the MCP Actions blog on the terrifying photo below...

MCP Thoughts on editing photography images:

I had posted this image on the MCP Facebook Page in February showcasing our newest Lightroom presets (InFusion and Illuminate).  I never expected to hear anything except, “cute kids” or “how did you do that?” or “great save.” No laws were being broken.  No kids were harmed.  It was an image that was not exposed properly.  That’s it!

Instead, I had angry photographers blame me for all kinds of “crimes,” such as:

  • Ruining the photography industry
  • Teaching people to fix images in Lightroom or Photoshop so they do not need to learn their cameras
  • Helping new photographers undercut experienced pros
  • Showing images from people who have no business being photographers

And well, the list was longer than that but you get the idea…

Wow.  …though anyone with any familiarity at all with the current state of the photography industry will recognize these reactions immediately.  Fear is the driving force in the trade right now.

Of course, I am sympathetic to those who currently make a living from photography, especially those with families to support who feel their livelihood threatened, but I am also realistic about the changes the digital age is bringing not just to photography, but to all of the arts, and in many ways these changes are creating the sort of conditions in the photography world that have existed in the other artistic trades all along.