From Hood River, take Interstate 84 West. Exit at Westcliff Drive, and follow road to Ruthton County Park.
While the Columbia River Gorge Area receives heavy visitation, especially after cool autumn temperatures transform foliage into colorful shades of red and yellow; countless scenic vistas within it’s boundaries make it possible to find views which have not yet been overly photographed. I drove east through the Gorge to the town of Hood River, looking for a spot to set up and photograph a view facing west toward sunset. After some exploration, I found an off the beaten path location, which led to this particular vantage point. Although lacking in color, sunset did provide some interesting clouds, and after thinking about a recent experience during similar shooting conditions, I decided to select a long exposure, hoping the diffused light would enhance the colorful foliage, while also adding an element of interest to the sky.