This afternoon we braved the cold and the wind and headed out to the Columbia River Gorge. Nicole, Nicci, and I were headed to Panther Creek with our fingers crossed that there would be some evidence of winter and we found it. As we gained elevation there was snow on the ground and frosting the trees and the were icicles hanging from branches and and moss all around the creek. Again my ambition outweighed my reluctance and I descended to the bottom of the falls for the iconic shots and when we were chilled through we made our way back to the car to return to town. On the way, just outside Carson, we saw these elk in a field and had to stop to take a few pictures. They were almost completely unconcerned by our presence and we would have stayed longer is we hadn't pulled halfway onto a non-existent shoulder with hazard lights flashing in the first place. But we got our pictures and it was a wonderful day out.
Canon 1D X, Canon 100/f2.8L IS
100mm, f4, 1/125 sec @ 200 ISO