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Mount Hood from Trillium Lake – Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

EXIF Data: Shot on film. Do you think I actually took time for notes while freezing my fingers off?!?

This was taken on one of the inaugural Chicken Runs* with my good friend & photo buddy Ken Wilson. We would start driving in the wee hours of the morning from Vancouver, WA, to make the mountain by first light, freeze our fingers off, shoot away until the light was gone and then drive back down the mountain to get to work at a reasonable time. Good times Ken! When is the next run?


Trillium Lake is a lake situated 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south-southwest of Mount Hood in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek, tributary to the Salmon River. It was created by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1960.

The area which is now the lake was part of the Barlow Road, a component of the Oregon Trail. A log road across marshes allowed immigrants to pass to Summit Meadow, which was a toll station 1866—1870. Trillium is a genus of flowers particularly noticeable in the area.

The lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock. The lake is a very popular Nordic skiing destination from a trailhead across U.S. Route 26 from Snow Bunny. -Wikipedia

*I’m not actually sure if it was Ken or I that coined the term Chicken Run but my definition might be: Driving like a mad chicken to get a shot in the margins of the day while still maintaining a regular work schedule at our days jobs. In certain areas the proximity of both locations actually makes this a viable option. Which is helpful because you usually have to visit a location repeated times to find the right conditions for a shot.

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