Roadtrip retrospective 2, Oregon

Entering Oregon, the trees change from redwoods to pines and other trees. It struck me as odd that the trees would be so different in two such close neighboring states. I think the redwoods need something in California, fog probably. The August edition of Scientific American has an article called Forests on the March

Trees can’t walk to a better place as climate worsens. So scientists are relocating helpful genes instead.

Highway 101 takes you up a long winding mountain pass in Oregon where you can see mountains with forests everywhere. On the rise, you can see the mosaic patterns caused by clearcutting and reforestation.

http://oregonforests.org/content/clearcutting

I saw where paper and wood come from: Oregon. We kept seeing lumber trucks in Oregon and in Washington. I’m rethinking my paper towel usage and continuing not to use much paper. It’s so great that with electronics, writers don’t need as much paper.  I see big changes happening in energy and resource use and am excited to be part of progress.

Oregon has peaceful, beautiful forests. When visiting the Columbia River Gorge, we stopped at The Vista House.

The Vista House

The Vista House

We couldn’t hike the steep trail due to knee problems, so we meandered around the level path, coming out into the opening over the Columbia River just as a Bald Eagle soared by! I didn’t have the camera with the powerful zoom, but I snapped it. As a wise blogging friend once relayed, “The best camera for the picture is the one you have with you.”

Bald eagle 1

Bald eagle 1

Bald eagle 2

Bald eagle 2

Bald Eagle 3

Bald Eagle 3

I wanted to capture the bird calls and the aromas for you, but no camera can capture those. This is what it looked like. Imagine warm fresh air and bird chatter.

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Forest by The Vista House

We spotted what we think was the bald eagle nest. It looks small, but it was at least a mile away, so to look this big, even with an 80x zoom, it very well might have been its nest.

Eagle's nest?

Eagle’s nest?

Here are some more photos of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Oregon:

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View looking up the Columbia River Gorge from the scenic overlook

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View looking up the Columbia River Gorge from the scenic overlook, zoomed

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Looking at the interesting cliffs across the river from the scenic overlook

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Cliffs by the scenic overlook

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Horsetail Falls

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Horsetail Falls

I’ve realized how much I like nature. They’ve discovered just how good it is for one’s health to walk in nature. Check out this article:
How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

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