At least once, everyone must plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, USA including Oregon, Washington and beyond. In this post, we welcome guest contributor and Pro photography Rachel Konsella of Vancouver, Washington. Plus, enter our giveaway for a vintage collection of tourist bells (which were my grandma’s.)
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***3/13/2017 UPDATE – Congrats to the giveaway winner: Karen M. of Michigan, who has been contacted and shipping confirmed! Thank you again to all the entrances to took time to participate in this giveaway and I look forward to continuing want to give away each month, cheers!***
Rachel’s tagline, mantra and hedgehog principle: “Everyone has a story; I want to help tell yours beautifully.”
Rachel grew up in the mid-west, fascinated with cameras and the art world since she can remember. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography and soon after moved to the Pacific Northwest where she started her photography business in 2015. She specializes in wedding photography, portrait, travel, and conceptual photography. Her passion, ambition and risk set her apart from other photographers and her philosophy is simple; Everyone has a story; I want to help you tell yours beautifully.
Waterfall Photo Set – Multnomah Falls (OR, USA)
In this post Rachel shares insider tips from a professional photographer’s perspective to discover the best views of the Multnomah Falls in Oregon. It’s very exciting to be collaborating with Rachel and below are her tips for visiting the “iconic” Multnomah Falls.
Multnomah Falls is about 30 minutes east of Portland, OR and is a 611-foot-tall waterfall. The waterfall can be seen from and is located off of Hwy 84. Hwy 84 lies parallel to the Columbia River, which divides the states of Washington and Oregon and goes through an area called the Columbia Gorge.
The drive to get to the falls from Portland
This is the gorge in the winter. If it’s been snowing in the Portland area (it has been this winter) sections of Hwy 84 will be completely closed down for several days in a row. This can be a huge damper on travel plans, because there aren’t really other options. It’s always a good idea in the winter to check that all roadways are open before venturing out.
The view of the Columbia Gorge
The Columbia Gorge is filled with trails, waterfalls and jaw dropping views of the Columbia River.
You can see Hwy 84 traffic on the right side of the photo. This was taken at a ‘scenic viewpoint’ in the Columbia Gorge that I ALWAYS stop at, when I’m in the area, because it is always has a beautiful view. In the Pacific Northwest, I tend to stop at ANY ‘scenic viewpoint’ because they are epic compared to the scenic viewpoints in the midwest.
This is the view you’ll see after you park and start walking up to the falls with a lovely foot bridge bringing you to the visitors center and restaurant.
A close up of the falls in winter. In the summer, this view will be crowded with people.
The paved trail to get to the bridge is decently steep and can be slippery, but it is well worth the 5-10 min hike. After reaching the bridge, you can continue hiking for 1 mile along switchbacks to get to the top of the falls, to get a view down. That hike is longer, steeper, and not paved. I always suggest hiking as much as you can while you’re there, because it’s unlike anywhere else!
More Info About Multnomah Falls
If you are visiting Multnomah Falls for the first time, you’ll be happy to know, there’s no Northwest Forest Pass required for entrance and pets are welcome (on a leash).
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