Cooper the Curious: And the First Snowfall

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The spring bulbs that I saw last year in flower at this time were evidenced only by sparse green spears, protruding from snow criss-crossed by animal and bird tracks. At Bow Cemetery. Spring Bulbs at Bow Cemetery. Aged 50 Buried next to him marks the grave of a child. Who died when her night dress caught alight whilst standing in front of a open fire. This is when the paupers were buried. Thanks for sharing this with us.

I always love visiting old graveyards; reading all the names and dates and then trying to figure out who was family of who and just enjoying the restful place. With snow everyting looks even more beautifulful. I recently moved to an house from in a beautiful old neighbourhood and there is a small graveyard nearby with very old stones and even a grave family-tombhouse; I still have to take the time to check it out; curious who used to live here in those times.

Thank you for such an evocative group of photographs-and well done for catching that glimpse of the fox! Many thanks for this magnificent series! It fuels my current interest in documenting and photographing all seven cemeteries in our tiny rural town in the Hudson River Valley. Your photos have inspired me to keep working. Although we are new kids on the block compared to your long storied history, it thrills me that we have at least two Revolutionary War soldiers buried here in Ancram.

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Ah, the young fox! GA, again beautifully written and photographed. The red fox seems to be thriving there at Bow Cemetery.

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Winter does have its charms. We had our first snow here on Saturday — harbinger of things to come…. How beautifully written,as usual. My mornings start with a coffee and Spitalfield Life. Then I wonder if any graveyards have been registered as Village Greens to protect them from development? And that fox in the middle! This has been a nice contrast to those interesting velvety night photos of London streets.

Fourteenth photo down notice the bear with outstretched arms singing his praise to the weather gods above. I would have loved to have gone for a walk in Bow Cemetery on Sunday but made with do with a trudge through the snow in Buckinghamshire.

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We made a special trip to E. Pellicci for a cup of tea and Nevio gave us directions on how to get there. We loved it and although tranquil it was good to see it being well used by children on their way back from school. This was before part of it, where Cantrell Road is, was dug up. The talus slopes of Owl Point can also be seen in the distance from here, just above the tree line. In this view, the Coe Glacier tumbles below the summit, and 7,foot Barrett Spur looms darkly on the left. Avalanches roll off Barrett Spur in winter, sometimes with devastating effect on the alpine forests below, as the many bleached snags and stumps in Elk Cove suggest.

October features beautiful Elk Cove in autumn. Both Jeff and Jamie continue to support TKO after all these years as the organization continues to grow, and we still meet up for periodic trail stewardship projects together. Normally, the somewhat muddy runoff in this scene would be a deal-killer for photos, but I came around to the idea that in this case, it told the story of swollen Cascade streams during the stormy months of late autumn rather nicely, so added it to the mix.

November features a swollen Triple Falls on Oneonta Creek. I was memorably soaked on the hike to Triple Falls, not because rain is particularly unique in the Gorge, but because I had just re-ducked my trusty canvas hat for waterproofing … but had left it drying in the oven, at home! I discovered this fact at the Oneonta trailhead, so circled back to the Multhnomah Falls lodge to see what sort of hats were in stock. You would hate baseball caps, too, if you had a basketball-sized head like mine…. Once on the trail, I also ran across one of the most extensive landslides to form in recent years, cutting away a foot swath of the Oneonta Trail along a steep canyon section.

Trail crews had constructed a temporary crossing of the slide, but just a few days after that trip in November, the slide claimed more ground, erasing the temporary trail. Such is the ongoing challenge of keeping trails open in the very active landscapes of the Gorge and Mount Hood!

A rip-roaring Oneonta Creek after the first big autumn storms. For December, I picked a late fall image of Elowah Falls, taken from one of the long-bypassed viewpoints along the original Civilian Conservation Corps route described in this recent article on McCord Creek. In this case, I merged three vertical images taken with my 11mm lens to create the panoramic view. This is my first time photographing from this spot, and I will definitely return! They were headed toward the upper falls on McCord Creek on that very busy hiking day in the Gorge.

It was great to see Jamie passing on the hiking tradition to boys! Jamie and his rugged boys hitting the trail at McCord Creek. Yours truly taking in the first big snowfall on Mount Hood in early November. In early , the monthly page views edged above the 5, mark for the first time, and jumped well above that mark during the peak hiking months of spring and summer. More importantly, the list of official blog followers has grown steadily to this year.

These are the true Mount Hood and Gorge junkies that I have in mind when I post to the blog, and these are also the folks who send me both nice notes and periodic corrections — both are greatly appreciated! I posted a total of 14 articles this year, down a bit from previous years, but bringing the six-year total to articles.

So, the WyEast Blog will be around for awhile! But these numbers have validated my obsession with providing thorough, detailed, geek-worthy articles that are more in the magazine format than typical blog fare. Taking in the fall colors at Butte Creek. But the main purpose is to simply promote the national park concept, and make the case for the campaign with pictures.

I get a surprising number of questions about the photos, so in addition to simply announcing the calendar, this article tells a bit of the story behind the new images — and some are surprising! This is a popular destination for Columbia Gorge lovers, though often overshadowed by its more famous downstream sibling, Elowah Falls. Upper McCord Falls is unique in that it flows as a twin cascade. A little known fact is that a third segment used to flow during the rainy season as recently as the s, just to the left of the two segments shown in the photo above.

The third segment has since been blocked by stream debris, however, so for now, Upper McCord is best known as a twin cascade. The falls is popular with photographers, but in was briefly obstructed by a large treetop that had split from atop a nearby maple, landing perfectly on its head, directly in front of the falls. While the local photography community simply grumped and groaned about this unfortunate development, Gorge waterfall explorer and photographer Zach Forsyth did something about it: he scrambled down the slope, and neatly tipped the foot up-ended tree on its side.

The trail to the upper falls is especially spectacular, following a ledge chiseled into sheer cliffs in the early s to pipe water to the former Warrendale Cannery, below portions of the pipe system can be seen along the trail. The falls is hidden from view until you abruptly arrive at the dramatic overlook, directly in front of the falls — one of the finest and most unexpected scenes in the Gorge. The January calendar scene is a wintery view of the rugged west face of Mount Hood, just emerging from the clouds after a fresh snowfall.

This view was captured just a few weeks ago near Lolo Pass, as the evening light was briefly catching the summit. January Scene: West face after an early winter storm. I had planned to snowshoe to Little Zigzag Falls from the Kiwanis Camp, but there were only about 18 inches of snow on the ground, much of it fluffy and new. So, I simply trudged through leaving some very deep boot prints in my wake — and happily, the only footprints on the trail that afternoon.

February Scene: Little Zigzag River in winter. Following this radiator analogy, the temperate gradient is most noticeable when air temperatures are really cold. I found myself peeling off layers while shooting the stream and falls, only to hurriedly put them back on as I ventured back down the trail and into the real cold! For the month of March I chose another waterfall scene, this time the lush, verdant base of popular Latourell Falls in the Columbia Gorge. March Scene: Latourell Falls in spring.

On this visit to the falls, Oregon State Parks construction crews were starting work on several major upgrades to viewpoints along this busy trail. As a result, the most popular trailhead at the Latourell Wayside was closed. Instead, I took a back route to the falls and had the place to myself for the better part of an hour — nearly unheard of on what should have been a busy spring weekend at Latourell Falls. The iconic yellow balsamroot and blue lupine were in peak bloom on this sunny afternoon in mid-spring, and the glassy surface of the Columbia River in the background reveals a rare day of calm in the normally windy Gorge.

The very tip of Mount Adams peeks over the hills on the horizon, on the Washington side of the river:. April Scene: Balsamroom and lupine on Rowena Plateau. The trip to Rowena was especially memorable for me, as I was hiking with an old college friend who was visiting Oregon for a few days. Rowena was a great place to catch up on news and old memories.

Hikers passing one of the mysterious desert mounds on Rowena Plateau. Continuing the balsamroot-and-lupine theme, the May scene in the new calendar comes from Hood River Mountain, a tract of private land that is for now open to the public, but at risk of closure, due to heavy use by hikers. This is one piece of land that will hopefully come into public ownership someday, before a less responsible private owner places trophy homes on these beautiful slopes.

I wrote about this unfortunate oversight in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Act in this article from a few years ago. On Memorial Day last spring, I made a trip to Dry Creek Falls, a beautiful waterfall saddled with one of the most unfortunate and uninspiring place names in the Gorge! The June calendar image is from that trip, and captures Dry Creek rambling through the forest a few hundred yards below the falls. June Scene: not so Dry Creek in spring. This area has a unique history: an old, derelict diversion dam and waterworks survives at the base of the falls, where the City of Cascade Locks once tapped the stream for municipal water in decades past.

Perhaps, but today it flows year-round, and makes for a beautiful streamside hike in spring. Dry Creek Falls and the remains of the old diversion dam and waterworks. The July scene in the calendar is from a trip to Elk Cove last August. July Scene: Summer wildflowers at Elk Cove. The wildflower bloom on Mount Hood was delayed by several weeks this year, so even though I was a bit late in visiting Elk Cove, there was still a bumper-crop of purple aster mixing with the blue lupine and mop-heads of western anemone, or Old Man of the Mountain.

Not visible in the calendar view of Elk Cove are the blackened forests directly behind me: the Dollar Fire of swept across a 5-mile swath along the northern foot of Mount Hood, charring the northern fringes of Elk Cove, including several large stands of mountain hemlock that frame the view from 99 Ridge.

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The Dollar Fire burned a 5-mile swath across the north slope Mount Hood. I wrote this blog article on the Dollar Fire earlier this year. I was the first to arrive at the string of dramatic viewpoints along the trail, and caught the first rays of sun lighting up the northeast face of the mountain.

This view is from the north shoulder of Cooper Spur, just below the summit, and looking into the impressive jumble of crevasses and icefalls along the Eliot Glacier. Though the sky was crystal clear you can see the moon setting to the left of the mountain , the winds from the south were strong and blustery. So, getting this shot from the lee side of the spur also meant enjoying some respite from the intense wind and blowing volcanic grit. For the September image, I selected a lesser-known view of the mountain: the remote and rugged Newton Canyon, on the southeast side, where Mount Hood has a broad, massive profile.

Glacial Newton Creek is best known for the havoc it brings far below, where the stream has repeatedly washed out Highway 35 with violent debris flows that toss Toyota-size boulders and whole trees across the road in their wake. Construction crews were busy this summer completing yet another repair, this time for damage that occurred in the floods. As always, the new road is bigger and higher than the old. The October scene is from Wahclella Falls on Tanner Creek, a popular family hike that also provides terrific viewing of spawning salmon and steelhead in early autumn.

October Scene: Wahclella Falls in autumn. Fall colors were somewhat muted in , thanks to an unusually long, dry summer that extended well into October. As a result, the broadleaf trees in many areas had already dropped a lot of leaves due to the stress of the drought, before they would even have a change to change with the seasons. Wahclella Falls in with the Wahclella Maple still standing above the footbridge. This historic gem from the early s was an overgrown, forgotten victim of the Forest Service clear-cutting juggernaut for some 40 years, but somehow managed to escape their chainsaws.

Volunteers re-opened the Old Vista Ridge Trail in , spurred in part by a Forest Service scheme to turn the area into a playground for dirt bikes and ATVs — an appalling plan that was eventually abandoned, in part because the rediscovered trail had revealed the beauty of the area to so many. In , the trail became the official northern boundary of the expanded Mount Hood Wilderness, when President Obama signed a new wilderness bill into law.

This change should close the door on future Forest Service threats to the area, and today the hike into one of the best on the mountain. The November calendar scene is from a viewpoint along the Old Vista Ridge Trail known as Owl Point, the rocky outcrop with stunning views of the mountain. Bright red huckleberries light up the foreground in this scene, and the first dusting of snow highlights the mountain. In the distance, you can also pick out the browned forests on the slopes of Mount Hood, where the Dollar Fire swept across the base of the mountain in The final image in the new calendar is another taken from Lolo Pass, perhaps one of the most spectacular views of Mount Hood.

This image was taken just before sundown after a fresh snowfall had blanketed the mountain. December Scene: Winter arrives at Lolo Pass. Here, take a closer look, and see for yourself:. As always, these adventures took me to new places and discoveries, as well as fond visits to my favorite old haunts. And as always, the magnificent scenery further confirmed my conviction that Mount Hood should and will! Hopefully, the calendar makes the case, as well. CafePress packages them carefully, with each calendar sealed against a corrugated cardboard backing for support.

Addendum: Gorge uber-Guru Scott Cook set me straight on a couple of comments in the above article:. Hey Tom, so of course I read your blog like a good Gorge denizen. The reason is that just downstream of the PCT trail bridge, just down the access road yards, the creek dries up in the summer to nothing, just a dry creek bed as the creek goes subterranean until re-emerging downstream of the powerline corridor.

The water shed is still in use today, but the water is pumped upwards into it from wells in the town below. Look for my pix on Google Earth of all this stuff and the dried-up creek. The steep hike up the south Eliot Glacier moraine to Cooper Spur was perhaps the first trail, as it was part of the still-popular Cooper Spur route to the summit.

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The new, graded trail carries thousands of hikers to the top of Cooper Spur each summer. It is among the most spectacular alpine hikes in the country, with jaw-dropping views of the sheer north face of Mount Hood and a close-up look at the massive jumble of flowing ice that makes up the Eliot Glacier. The snowfields in question on Cooper Spur are permanent enough to be mapped. But near the crest of Cooper Spur, the newer route suddenly crosses the face of the spur, traversing to the south shoulder and overlooking the Newton Clark Glacier.

It is in this section where the route crosses a set of persistent snowfields that are nearly permanent in all but the driest years. The snowfields clearly show up in this s view of Mount Hood in late summer. This flaw in the newer route is confusing and potentially dangerous to the many hikers who venture to the top of the spur each summer. At 8, feet, the summit of Cooper Spur is truly alpine, so one of the benefits of the modern trail is to provide a relatively manageable hike to the top of the spur for the average visitor, despite the high elevation.

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The snowfields as viewed from Cloud Cap Inn in the late s. While the ecological impact might seem inconsequential at this elevation, where few plants can even survive, the physical scars left on the rocky slopes are real and warrant better management of recreation travel in the area. The high tundra landscape on the slopes of Mount Hood represents one of the most unusual and sensitive in the region, and a stray boot print can last for years. The USGS 7. This map pre-dates the modern Cooper Spur Trail. This could greatly reduce the impact of the trail on the alpine ecosystem that exists on the slopes of Cooper Spur.

One of the most attractive aspects of this proposal is that it would be so easy to build.

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Building trails at this elevation, with the absence of soils and vegetation, is straightforward and very simple. The new route would simply need to be designed and surveyed, with construction done by volunteers or youth crews like the Northwest Youth Corps. Trail construction would consists of rolling loose boulders and rocks to form a trail bench, and smoothing the surface of the new bench into a hiking tread with the abundant volcanic ash and glacial till that makes up most of the terrain at this elevation.

Forest Service can have an impact. Forest Service Comments: 1 Comment. Cairns with cedar posts mark the way on the slopes below Cooper Spur. One of the memorable highlights along the Timberline Trail is the starkly beautiful section between Gnarl Ridge and Cloud Cap, high on the broad east shoulder of the mountain. Here, the trail crests its highest point, at 7, feet, as it traverses the tundra slopes of Cooper Spur more than a thousand feet above the tree line. However, the spectacular elevation of the Cooper Spur section is also its Achilles heel, since hikers attempting the Timberline Trail must cross a series of steep snowfields here.

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In most years this entire section is snowed in through late July, and some sections of trail appear to be permanently snow-covered. Looking north along the Timberline Trail along the slopes of Cooper Spur. The trail builders constructed a series of huge cairns to mark the way through this rugged landscape, yet the snowfield crossings continue to present both a risk and route-finding obstacle to most hikers, especially in early summer. The Timberline Trail continues to draw hikers from around the world in ever-growing numbers, so an alternative route seems in order to ensure that the around-the-mountain experience continues to be world class for all visitors.

To provide a more reliable alternative for this segment, a new, parallel trail is proposed as part of the Mount Hood National Park Campaign. For early season hikers, or simply those not up to the rugged combination of elevation, rock and snow on the existing trail, this new route would provide a more manageable alternative.

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This new 3. As shown on the map below, the proposed Cooper Springs Trail in red would depart from the current Timberline Trail in green at the current Cooper Spur junction on the north, and rejoin the Timberline Trail just below Lamberson Butte, to the south. It seems the only way of keeeping honest score is temperature so if the trend stays paused, or drops in real data consistently over time then the spending on trillions for an ill-conceived threat to humanity is over.

I said that long ago. I was rather peed with the science is settled that I said this, all this global warming would be a harbinger of the next glacial age. I remember in the early 70s, worried by the cooling and the next glacial age. I thought we can spread some dark stuff over the ice in the arctic and north Canada.

I imagined planes dropping some dark stuff to decrease the albedo. Is that a cache issue on my end or yours? For Original Mike below.

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I have been saying this for like forever! You would think with the albedo of the dark Arctic Ocean in the summer that the temperatures would spike up at some point in August but alas NADA! Not even in Drop you weapons and surrender. My translation….

Stop your whinging and give up your silly cataclysmic climate claims. Another translation…. Smell the roses before the frosts kill them. Same in the winter of Fits right in. Lots of snow in Moscow on their annual VE-Day parade. Apparently, the last time that happened was back in Lots more snow outside the city centre. The cold winds off Lake Erie put some 8 inches of snow on the ground. I went out cross country skiing in the AM with yellow klistervox on my skis, ended up walking back because the snow was melting so fast.

By 1 pm it was green again. What was your experience with the Blizzard in January? That had the biggest impact because the cold months before had frozen Lake Erie early and all the snow on the ice blew into Buffalo on the high winds. That record was crushed two months in a row, with The long cold snap. The Buffalo area went 45 days, starting on Dec. The average daily temperatures dipped to An entirely frozen lake. The eastern end of Lake Erie froze on Dec. The storm started Friday afternoon, with some 12 inches of powder already on the ground. So I took in 2 coworkers for the weekend, and found out on the next morning that one of them was a diabetic…and needed insulin.

So off we were in a VW bug, 3 guys, in a travel ban. All of the E-W roads were blown clear, but the N-S roads were disasters. The worse were the snow drifts that extended from barns across the road. We made to the pharmacy, and ended up making two deliveries on the way home. So the snow was carted out on to Lk Erie and the cars to Millard Fillmore golf course. The trees were well-leafed, and the snow was wet enough to stick, with attendant treefall causing wide-spread power outages, including my motel.

Did I forget to mention that I had 3 kids and a wife in tow? Formerly from Florida. With zero winter wear? I watched it snow for about an hour then clocked out and headed home on the back roads with a car without snow tires.