Photo Of The Day By Craig Bill

Photo By Craig Bill

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Land of the Lost” by Craig Bill. Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

“Rain greeted my arrival into Oneonta Gorge located with the Columbia River Gorge natural area,” explains Bill. “My short hike into this absolutely beautiful world was met with some concern. First, the trail starting into the Gorge is made of a cold stream. So it was cold, wet and rainy, but that didn’t discourage me a bit about visiting this area for the first time. Previous travel photos I had seen of the Columbia River Gorge lured me across the country to this spot. And my sense of adventure was totally peaked. Next, now that I was wet, I had to climb a 20-foot fallen log dam. This wooden barrier was completely slick with very little places to grab onto. One fall here and this trip would be over! Carefully, I balanced and crawled with my 40-pound back pack. I remember thinking that I should have secured some equipment insurance before I came here!

“Beyond the climbing obstacle, the water wonderland gorge opened up to meet me. Just magical! Quiet and commanding, this place is to be returned to. Although someone had warned me, I was terrified by the occasional falling rocks from above. In fact, a 20-pound rock landed a few feet away—and that would have ended this trip for certain for me or the camera! While capturing various angles of this emerald green abyss, I would have to wipe my lens every time, or it became so soaked that the images were ruined!”

See more of Craig Bill’s photography at CraigBill.com.

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