Portland, Oregon would be my top choice I had to move to a different city in the US. I’ve visited a number of times for both fun and photography and the beauty in the Columbia River Gorge just blows me away. Most of my photography trips have been waterfall centric and I was excited to return with Willie to spend most of our time photographing wildflowers.
The entire west coast had an extremely dry winter and we knew we had to arrive early in the season to catch the flowers. Unfortunately, the dry winter combined with windy days caused most of the blooming wildflowers to lose their beauty before we even arrived. While the lupines, with their short petals were OK, the beautiful yellow Balsamroot’s were mostly withered and falling apart.
Willie and I spent a long time scouting this wildflower field at Rowena Crest for signs of a few patches of beautiful flowers. At one point Willie went off to my right and spotted our first patch of beautiful flowers. I spent the next 30 minutes searching and searching but only came across dying flowers. Almost defeated, I returned to Willie, where he pointed out this patch of 2 healthy flowers. This is one of those instances where it was great to have a shooting partner to keep my head up high and help the morning end with a smile on both our faces!
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
22mm, f/5, 1/800 sec, ISO 640
Several photo focus blend