Washington State

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If you ever want to feel both small and quite large, hike the Syncline along the Columbia River. 

A painted movie-set backdrop of a place, you'll see the Scottish Highlands, a windy forest path, New England boulders, fields of sunflowers, patchwork farms and the crater on the moon. Lupine, cornflower, columbine, daises, flowering fennel bloomed, along with hundreds of west coast unrecognizables.

Being there somehow softened me, and back in the city, I still think about this view. Till we meet again, Washington.

45 comments:

  1. cheers to painted movie-set backdrops. and feeling small and large, tous les deux.

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  2. Truly, Washington boasts many resemblances to New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, and England. I love this emerald state with its breathtaking landscape, and am so blessed to live here!

    {And you look way nicer than I do while hiking!}

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  3. I hope to go to Washington State sometime soon... Such beautiful landscapes.

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  4. I'm so glad you fell in love with my home state! And I have a little secret for you: that scene in the photograph is only one of thousands of beloved hideaways in the state. Come back soon!

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  5. So beautiful, this is why i dream of touring america! Xxx

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    1. I want to tour America too :)

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    2. This country is so huge and amazing - hope you get to tour and capture many more parts of it.

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  6. It looks like a scene from a colonial painting. Stunning. I miss America!

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  7. Lovely. It looks old fashioned and pristine.

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  8. Gorgeous! This makes me very excited to develop the three rolls of film I just took on foggy Maine islands.

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  9. Yes, truly beautiful indeed. I can understand why you're still dreaming of it.
    Ronnie xo

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  10. Missing the serenity of outdoors... spectacular!

    www.azrakunworld.com

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  11. Makes you want to take a deep deep breath. Ahhhhh

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  12. the picture alone has put a spell on me.

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  13. My home! So glad you visited - it really is a magical place. Washington has it all! Have you ever visited Seattle?

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  14. Yes, it's just as beautiful as can be and right in my back yard, so I can tell you first hand your description of the Columbia River gorge is just perfection. xoblenda

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  15. i was born and raises in california, but found my heart in washington. i am still exploring the corners of this beautiful, beautiful state. i'm definitely going to check out this hike next!

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  16. HULLO HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL! I mean, just google-image Thomas Cole.
    I die. I die a thousand beauty-and-the-sublime deaths.

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  17. what fun to read what you have so imaginatively and happily written and dream of the place with you!

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  18. This has confirmed the fact that I need to visit America. This is so stunning.

    http://lydiarosethefoodie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I feel similarly about the town of Hakone in Japan. There are sulfurous hot springs, ancient cedar-lined trails, views of Mt. Fuji... It's pretty remarkable when places have such an effect on you.

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  20. Oh, I've missed your lovely posts!
    Once I finish grad school my dream is to move to Washington...
    *sigh*

    ~C
    cristincolvin.blogspot.com

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  21. I am in love with Washington state, this is a beautiful shot!

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  22. Ah! Thanks for the props on WA! :) It might rain 75% of the time, but it's so, so worth it.

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  23. thank you for this hint :)

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  24. Glad you had a chance to visit my little part of the world.

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  25. [Gulp.] It kind of chokes me up (and I get to see it all the time -- but it still chokes me up).

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  26. The Columbia Gorge is truly gorgeous (the origin of that word?), but as a native, I'd like to point out that you are also looking at a lovely portion of the state of Oregon, which as awesome views go, seems worth a mention... :)

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  27. oh girl. next time you're in washington, tell me! tell me! my family has a cabin on lake chelan if you're ever in the area...

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  28. "feel both small and quite large"...couldn't have said it better myself. truly awesome (in the literal meaning, not the slang :))

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  29. What a wonderful landscape. Perhaps this is what religious types might call a 'thin place'.

    ps: I was so sad to see that you think that blogs are basically dead. Twittergram would be a poor substitute for this incredibly beautiful, humbling, uplifting and inspiring place.

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  30. That's so beautiful!
    Talia
    http://girlzofgodbook.blogspot.com

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  31. If you head north towards the Canadian border from where you were, there is a spot on the freeway when you crest a hill and all of a sudden the view is what I believe Heaven must look like. The San Juan Islands are to your left and the majestic Mt. Baker is to your right. There are times when the sun is shining off the water on one side and reflecting off the snow on the other that it brings tears to my eyes. I will never tire or take for granted of the beauty that surrounds me.

    I'm glad that some of the beauty of our state lives in your heart!

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  32. Your photography is gorgeous. I love the vintage/film quality. Do you use an analog camera? Stumbled upon your blog after reading your spotlight on Industry of One. :)

    -Cara
    http://everydayintrigue.blogspot.com/

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  33. absolutely gorgeous! i'm so happy to have found your blog!

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  34. Simply amazing. Hiking never fails me to put smile and great moments of fulfillment together. Lovely sight. Got my eye on your blog now.

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  35. I have to ask-- what kind of jeans are you wearing? They're perfect.

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    1. Earnest Sewn "zazo" with the legs tailored a bit.

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  36. it looks absolutely stunning!!!

    {& i love your flowers!}

    kindest thoughts

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  37. Thanks so much for sharing that picture, it looks really good! I have been doing some onlibe research for some fun places to go in Washington state because I am going to be visiting there for the very first time. My one friend went there and he told me how beautiful the state is, so I definitely am looking forward to going.

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