The Hearses of West Coast Haunters Convention

West Coast Haunters Convention Hearses

The West Coast Haunters Convention happened this past weekend in Portland, Oregon. Haunters and Halloween enthusiasts gathered at the Lloyd Center Hilton Hotel to show off props, hearses, costumes, and products for one of the most creative holidays in the year. A few other hearses were on display, but only stayed for a short time.

I did not take many photos of WCHC this year. The hearses and the werewolf masks is pretty much it.I felt it was much better to enjoy the convention and the costume ball without a camera up at my eye. It is also difficult for me to photograph while wearing a full head mask.

My photos of the werewolf masks from various vendors are featured on my werewolf website at PDXWerewolf.com.

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Columbia Hills Waterfall

Columbia Hills Waterfall

Fivemile Creek is a small creek trickling down the Columbia Hills. This scene captures Fivemile Creek trickling over the basalt rocks in Columbia Hills State Park as it flows past Dalles Mountain Road to the Columbia River.

My original plan for today was to photograph scenes at McCall Wildlife Preserve in Rowena, located across the Columbia River. After arriving at Rowena Crest, I was greeted with several large hiking groups exploring the area. I don’t mind a few people straying into my shots, but I was not looking forward to having crowds appear in my shot.

Historic Warren Falls and Diversion Catch

Last week I photographed Hole-In-The-Wall Falls, a man-made waterfall located near Starvation Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. After returning from last week’s trip, I learned there was more about this unique waterfall and its history. The history was one of the most unusual washout mitigation ideas that I ever heard of. I returned to the location this week to check it out a little bit more.

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Hole-In-The-Wall Falls

Hole-In-The-Wall Falls

Hole-In-The Wall Falls looks like any other small waterfall cascading on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. That’s what I thought when I first saw it until I saw a plaque on the new circular picnic area with “HOLE-IN-THE-WALL FALLS – CREATED 1938.” There is apparently a history with this man-made waterfall, which I will not go into now. I will revisit this site later.

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