Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Eight hour rescue operation for teen injured in 'Hell Hole'

Eight hour rescue operation for teen injured in 'Hell Hole' | Local & Regional | - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon: "A teen is now recovering at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend after falling nearly 100 feet down a ravine. It took responders more than eight hours to rescue her. "

'via Blog this'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Clone Wars - Unproduced Story Reels

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Austin Hot Springs on the Clackamas River

Always been curious about this rather mysterious spot on the Clackamas River. I'd tried Googling it, but never knew the name until today when I stumbled on a picture on Google Earth...

Austin Hot Springs |

"Approximately 60 miles outside of Portland along Highway 224 lies Austin Hot Springs. This natural hot spring, heated by volcanic activity, sits in and along the Clackamas River, among the pristine trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest. There could be several rock pools along the river suitable for qualification depending on the season. Please be aware of Austin’s 200+ degree bursts of hot water and use extreme caution when soaking in this spring. There are suitable spots to soak, just be very careful to not scald yourself. A waterproof digital thermometer can help locate burst zones." 
"If YOU were paying attention... you’d know that J. Frank Schmidt now owns the land. PGE had it in the 60’s and 70’s, where it once had a campground. But PGE closed the campground in the late 70’s because Russian immigrants were living there full time and threatening others who attempted to camp there. PGE turned it into a day use only park for a few years. After a few lawsuits in the early 80’s for people being scalded, PGE closed the park and tore out the footbridge. They then sold the property. Schmidt bought it hoping to develop it into another Brightbush Resort type location… but failed to gain the permits and codes to do such. After being sued twice, he took measures to make access to the area difficult. It has been up for sale for at least 3 years now, but he is wanting too much for it. [Posted 4/19/2012]"

I might be out that way today and I'll grab some pictures if I am (wasn't poking around there on Google Earth for no reason!), but plans aren't set in stone yet.  If not, I'll dig and see if I can find some old pictures from here and update this post.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind

A. F. Litt: Route 2 - John B. Yeon State Park to Moffett Creek &emdash; Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind (2013)

Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind (2013)
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor. Oregon. May 19, 2013. 
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 6, 2015

Sorting through some older photos from the Columbia River Gorge for my documentary on the Historic Columbia River Highway (, I ran across this shot and thought it was an interesting one... It's a little amazing that even back in a ravine like this, the wind can be strong enough to blow a falls of this size as much as it does.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Hood Over the Gorge

A. F. Litt: Hood River &emdash; Hood Over the Gorge (2015)
Hood Over the Gorge (2015)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Washington. March 16, 2015
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 3, 2015

Mt. Hood was doing some neat things in the sunset light the other day while I was out filming for

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cabin Creek Falls and Still River

A. F. Litt: Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek &emdash; Cabin Creek Falls and Still River (2015)

Cabin Creek Falls and Still River (2015)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Washington. March 26, 2015
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: March 26, 2015

It's been awhile since I've posted a photo of the day, but I took this one while out working on and really liked it, for what it is...

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Largest Dam in The World

Spending a lot of time as a kid at Grand Coulee Dam, I've always been fascinated by Three Gorges Dam in China.  This is long, and I haven't even watched the whole thing yet, but interesting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Two for 2015

A. F. Litt: Eastern Oregon &emdash; No Trespassing

No Trespassing
Sherars Bridge Hwy. Oregon. April 12, 2013Sherars Bridge Hwy. Oregon. April 12, 2013
A. F. Litt 2013

Twelve days into the new year, and I haven’t posted any navel gazing babble about my hopes and goals for 2015.  Recently, I read two items that seem to sum up a lot of my thoughts heading into the new year.

The first is that this will be a year of saying “No.”  Last year was my year of "yes," and for the last couple months I've been saying that, in 2015, I will be saying no to almost everything, avoiding the messes that resulted by the end of 2014 due to overcommitting to various projects early in the year and some overly enthusiastic business planning later in the year... Everything here has been on my heart heading into the new year, so much so that this was almost spooky to read when I first saw this a week or so ago.

Except for the millennial stuff... Too old, gray and bald! After semi-surviving Web 1.0, my generation knows that not everyone gets a trophy.

2015: The Year of No | Zech Bard | LinkedIn: "Too much Yes leads to mess. No leads to more focus. No, as my friend Jon pointed out earlier this week, closes doors so you can get things done. Getting things done and focus are not exciting though. People that say yes are exciting. People that say “no” are party poopers. Introverts. Safe people. Boring people."

In this next article, while all four of the suggestions are though provoking, the paragraph below is the one that speaks the most to me:

4 Career Decisions Every Creative Should Make — Music Bed Community: "One big temptation for creatives is to mold themselves (distort themselves) to fit demand. If people are paying for wedding videos, you start making wedding videos. If they need straight-to-camera talking heads, you do straight-to-camera talking heads. But the problem with that approach is that the less work you do that you really love doing, the less work that you love to do will come your way. Sure, a certain amount of an “I’ll take anything” attitude is needed in a creative career. But putting time into deciding your “thing” — the thing you’re going to focus on, pour yourself into, perfect more than anything else — is one of the most important decisions you can make as a creative. Even if it means turning down work sometimes."

So how do these concepts evolve into my 2015 plan?  It is too early to tell, but I do know that 2014 was a year of trying on a lot of different hats to see what fit.  Too many.  And some precious hats were dangling a little precariously by the end of the year…  Also, the work load in trying to accomplish too much was overwhelming and unsustainable.  I worked harder last year than in any year in recent memory and while there is quite a bit to show for the effort, at the end, still wrapping up a couple open projects from ‘14, it is hard to say that the efforts matched well with the results.

So this year is really about keeping things a lot simpler.  Saying yes less often.  Making sure that when I do say yes that it is for projects that are close to the heart and core of where I want my “business” to be rooted.  And it means figuring out, a bit clearer, what I really want that business to look like a year from now while understanding that this could be a tough year on the homefront, and not losing sight of what is most important in the process.

All I really know right now is that this is a “make it or break it” 12 months for all the work I’ve put into the Recreating the Historic Columbia River Highway project.  So that needs to be my primary focus while also continuing to develop my filmmaking and photography skills.  Revenue is a factor, of course, but long term profitability will come more from taking the time to properly develop my skills rather than getting too far out in front of them. 

I need to have faith in the process.  Taking things one step at a time and making sure that I continue to deliver results that exceed client expectations every time.  A few well chosen, well placed steps count for a lot more than many erratic, ill timed ones.

And there’s still that darn novel waiting to be finished, though that may coming along later in the year, or even in 2016. 

Overall, I am looking forward to a great year.  A slower year.  A calmer year.  A year of growth and a fulfilling year.  While I do not know what success in 2015 will look like, I have every confidence that 2015 will, ultimately, be a successful year by these definitions.