Last weekend, I visited the Wildwood Recreation area. This spot was a favorite of mine during my thesis work at PNCA in 2001 and captured one of my favorite images “Dreams”. It felt great to return to this spot and brought back many memories. Although it is getting a little late in the fall season, there were still a few maple trees to enjoy in its beautiful fall yellow color and low laying fog along the river. When I came here in 2001, I was using my Mamiya 7II and still getting
used to all the settings and rangefinder. I thought it would be only fitting for me to come back to this area and try out my early Christmas gift from my husband, the new Nikon D600. I had an idea of what I wanted to photograph at the Salmon River, Wildwood Recreation that afternoon, but when it did not materialize I didn’t feel as if I had to do my usual images of water reflections. The landscape presented itself in another manner.
I found myself looking at the magical mystical light and fog along the river. While I was standing at the side of the river and enjoying the relaxing sounds of crashing water against the rocks I was caught off guard by the splashing salmon in the river. I
was able to capture a few frames of this salmon before it swam off. I continued up the trail and found another area where the natural stream runs through the area; here I came upon more salmon taking a rest under a fallen log across the stream bed. I was lucky enough to see one of the salmon in its mature state, with its dark reddish color and hooked nose. I later learned from a sign that the camp hose posted that there were at least seven fish from here to the Salmon River.
Over the years, I have continued to return and capture my water color images along the Wilson River. This past
Saturday I returned for my sixth visit. When I left Portland it was still cloudy but by the time I arrived at the river the sun was out. With Otto by my side we made our way down the nature trail to the edge of the Wilson River to find a quite spot between a couple of fallen trees and the stream bed. I positioned myself for several minutes capturing different variations of sky reflections off the water and rocks. We made our way back to the parking area, then went back along the river and walked down the rock beds to the base of the river by the bridge; here the glow of the river was just spectacular! I spent about
an hour here just listening to the rumbling sound of the river and soothing reflecting colors off of the river.
Below are some of my favorite images from the Wildwood Rec. Area and Wilson River.