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Saint Paul’s Mission Part 2

Continuing with my hike and camera practice at Saint Paul’s Mission:

Saint Paul's Mission

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

I tried a few camera settings while taking photos of the eagle.  I didn’t hit on the right combination but I enjoyed the time with this magnificent (and very patient bird).

Saint Paul's Mission

The reflections in the lake were wonderful!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Fort Colville  (Fort Colvile) would have been where you now see the drawn down river in the photo below.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The only large gravestone left is pictured below.  There are a couple of rusted metal markers.  That is all.  None of the other gravesites are marked now.

Saint Paul's Mission

I missed another perspective opportunity by not taking a photo of this ant hill in its entirety.  This is a very large colony!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The Oregon Grape is in bud.  Soon there will be yellow blossoms growing wildly all over the area.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Meantime, back home in the garden, the daffodils cheer everybody up!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Small Grecian windflowers are blooming, too!

Anenome Grecian Windflower

Anenome Grecian Windflower

The apricot tree blossoms provide a lovely backdrop for the showy forsythia!

Forsythia

Stay safe!  Stay healthy!

Saint Paul’s Mission

Blogging, as well as sewing, have been set aside while the work hours increased, and I needed some time out!  I also need some camera practice.  A good place for both is an area very close to where I live and I have been there many a time for a peaceful hike.

The setting is Saint Paul’s Mission.  It was built in 1847,  and was the center of Jesuit activity for the Indian tribes of the Upper Columbia. Near the mission were the Kettle Falls, one of the premiere salmon fisheries for area tribes. 

The falls were one of many areas claimed by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, but you can sometimes see them when the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt) is drawn down in the spring.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

St. Paul's Mission

My plan was to practice composition, focus, and use of the Fstop in my camera (all of which I am not so great at, thus…practice, practice, and more practice).

St. Paul's Mission

It was mostly overcast, but still a beautiful day for a hike and camera practice.

St. Paul's Mission

I deliberately focused on the branch, rather than the building.  I like it, but I should have tried it both ways to see which I might like better.  No right or wrong…simply different perspectives of the same view.


St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The profitable Fort Colville (aka Fort Colvile), established by the British Hudson’s Bay Company,  was also located here.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

Isn’t  the  texture  of  the  tree bark marvelous?  Do you think of puzzle pieces when you look at it?

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

I wish I had thought to take a photo of the boulder in its entirety.  A missed opportunity to show perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The river was like a looking glass…so beautiful!

St. Paul's Mission

Canada in the distance.

St. Paul's Mission

Spring draw down.

St. Paul's Mission

While focusing on the river, I noticed the grass in the frame.

St. Paul's Mission

So I focused on the grass.  Again…a matter of perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

To be continued.