Got up at 5:30 this morning and was out of the house by 6:00 so I could photograph flowers in the eastern Gorge with nice morning light. Well, Mother Nature let me down and conditions were poor.
I went to Tom McCall Nature Preserve (i.e. Rowena Plateau) first. The wind was INSANE. It was the kind of wind that prevents you from standing still. My fingers went numb within 30 seconds of leaving the car. It was about 7:30 and I was the only one around, not surprisingly. Photography was pretty much impossible and I just got a few quick “for the record” shots before retreating to the car.
I took a quick video. You can hear the wind and you can see the camera shake from me not being able to hold it steady.
I tried taking a drive through the Hood River Valley to see the blooming orchards. The overcast day obscured both Hood and Adams. The orchards are blooming quite nicely, though. I expect this is the last weekend for them.