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December 11, 2010
A barge leaves river locks

A gravel barge leaves the downstream exit of The Dalles Dam Locks, passing under The Dalles bridge. Copyright Mark B. Gibson

I will always regret the building of The Dalles Dam, but admit that it has a rough beauty.
Taking this photograph was a challenge, because it required a long exposure, camera on a tripod, as the light faded. Standing on the bridge, every passing vehicle created a wave of vibrations. I had tried and failrd in the past. It also seemed to take forever for the barge to exit the locks… but maybe I was just cold.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010 03:01

    That is an amazing picture. It fills my eyes.

    I’ve always disliked the idea of the dam there, too–the Columbia River was so beautiful before they did it–it’s lovely now, but it isn’t like it was.

  2. Clytie permalink
    December 12, 2010 18:43

    You may have tried and failed in the past, but this one’s a winner! I especially love the reflections around the barge, starting so clear then rippling with the passage of the barge.

    I hear you guys have been cold lately … I hope you and your family are warm and happy.

  3. Marilyn permalink
    January 19, 2011 08:28

    I see what you mean about which photo of the dam to have framed … Both excellent, artsy pictures of the locks.

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