There’s a spot down the 224 where the view of a hillside puts a smile on my face. Along the windy roads of Mt. Hood National Forest there are few views that the tall pine trees do not obscure. We’re lucky enough that this one is right off the main road going along the Clackamas River. After pulling over to the shoulder and climbing the loose rocks to get a better vantage point, I was able to capture defined edges of the hill through the fog. I enjoy this view so much I decided I was going to turn it into a four part serious called 45.113372, -122.080627.
There were no clouds that day, only trees. I had hoped for impressive cloud formations to tower above the forest and mountains., but the only towering was done by the countless trees filling the landscape. Their reach for sunlight had extended them to the tips of mountains and beyond. Given enough time, I have no doubt they would reach the heavens and beyond.
On my most recent trip to Mt. Hood National Park, not far from where the Collawash River meets the Clackamas River, I came across an interesting placement of rocks. It was clear the nearby cliff had geometrically deteriorated over time, resulting in large rocks with defined edges to populate the river. The clean-cut structure of the rocks was a sharp contrast to the older, rounder rocks I was used to finding in the riverbeds. Looking closely at the rocks you begin to see erosion play its role on the once distinct corners. The surrounding water is relentless in aiding this erosion as time moves on. But for how long?