I captured this scene from a State Park called Women's Forum State Park on Historic US Rte.30 that follows the narrow portion of the river on the Oregon side. From the Vista House website "....The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It was constructed to provide travelers a place to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge." It is also a monument and testament to the hardy pioneers that traveled west to Oregon and the Willamette.
This was the end of the only completely sunny day we had on out 10 day visit to Portland. As you can see it was beginning to cloud up and the next morning there was some rain in town before we took a day trip to the coast at Cannon Beach.
This is an HDR capture and I liked this capture better than the standard with a ND filter hold back the sky. I also included this in the ToM as the days had started to get colder and the leaves were just on the backside of peak.
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We drove the road with all the waterfalls but somehow never found this viewpoint. The colours are lovely with some good light on them. The composition is very appealing with the river on the left giving a cold v warm scene.
Thanks for the visit and comments. If you took US 30 from the west to east this would have been one of the first places to stop. The Women's Forum State Park isn't much but a parking area and this grand vista looking east up the Columbia. The next stop east would have been Vista House and if you visited on a weekend or holiday the parking would have been impossible. We did it late on a Saturday and could not find any parking and hey were making sure you did not park on the shoulder as the road is so narrow. This is Crown Point, I believe, and you have a grand vista both up and down the Columbia. It is really too bad that you missed this man made wonder.
I drove through Route 30 once and it was on a rainy and misty day, Have not really a chance to fully appreciate the beauty of it. Beautiful viewpoint from where you are with a wide open space, the colorful autumn colors adds some warm splash of colors to it. The river is much wider than I remember it. I would definitely drive this route again in the future.
I love the way you framed this with a long view up the river and the Vista House sitting atop a tree-covered bluff. The bright autumn colors add brightness to the compo.
I've framed the Vista House several times but always without the colors. If you plan to do this again, get off the train at Chemult and we can do fall colors together. My goal is stay local in 2017.....We'll see....the west coast of Vancouver Island still beckons. HLJ x4, P
I remember driving from Eugene to Bend several years ago and the river valley we followed had covered bridges and deciduous trees that looked like autumn might be a good time to visit. Maybe we could plan something later in 2017.
What a great viewpoint and landscape! Excellent framing and very pleasant autumn colours. I would have known you had used HDR, if you had not mentioned it That tells that you have used HDR cautiously and skilfully.
Absolutely stunning vista with the gorge extending almost to the infinity. This seems to be a rather famous POV as I have seen it already other times. No wonder, the landscape with these cliffs, the forest, the Columbia River is fantastic. The light and the colors you got on the tress is fabulous!
Happy New Year!
I think this POV is as popular as the Tunnel View in Yosemite. This scene changes dramatically with the changes in the weather and other conditions. This is the third time I have visited and each time it is markedly different. I was lucky this afternoon as this was one of only two days in Portland (stayed 9 days) we had sun and no rain.
amazing perspective of this wide valley, with the waters in a side and the house positioned in the edge of the abyss. marvelous contrast with the golden trees and a precious view of the mountains in the far areas. TFS this precious spot.