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(March 20-25, 2007)

Bernd Dohrmann

A Nice Evening

John G. Dobbins

Rainbowsphere on Badger Mountain

Southeastern Washington State, USA

March 23, 2007 5:30 PM PDT

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Three fourths the way up the well maintained trail (Friends of Badger Mountain, this gusty wind and rain spitting day in southeastern Washington State, USA, the atmosphere here provided a rich and dramatic gray sky with near rainbow levels of light and moisture. With not-quite-enough sunlight to make the wish come true I turned to Photoshop to compose sky and gulls from a few previous days of shooting for this event.

The rainbow, which only a week before this spring equinox was gloriously revealing itself for several days in a row, eluded me on this day's outing and so is fabricated by more Photoshop gradient fill and polar-coordinates filter trickery. Atmosphere as illusion?

The shrub-step view and the meadowlark song birds unique to this area are real, and were spactacular this day, with plenty of obvious housing growth and the mighty Columbia meandering downstream from the steadily leaking waste tanks (!) of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, through Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick communities respectively, and on to the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge toward the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and further west into the Pacific Ocean.
Hanford nuclear waste - damage to natural resources

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USA-Canada / USA-Washington

Lat: 46° 14' 11.68" N
Long: 120° 19' 49.13" W

Elevation: 360 feet

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Canon D60, NK 10.5mm with Fotodiox lens adapter. Gitzo t-pod, Kaidan sperical rig, Sony HiMD-HD recorder, Core Sound Binaural mics. PtGui Mac, Photoshop, CubicConverter, CubicConnector.
Desert in Washington? : the shrub-step environment
"...A common feature of the Columbia River Basin is the shrub-steppe ecosystem where moisture is scarce (coming mostly from snow in winter), the wind is persistent, and temperatures vary from 38C in summer to well below freezing in winter.

Big sagebrush is especially adapted to survive these conditions. Its root structure can reach as far as 27 m in diameter, dominating the water source and limiting the number of other large plants that can establish themselves. Its small gray-green leaves are covered with minute white hairs that keep water in the plant. In this harsh climate, sagebrush provides important cover and forage for wildlife.

Accompanying sagebrush in the community are a variety of native plants such as rabbitbrush, bitterbrush, greasewood, winterfat, spiny hopsage, horsebrush, fescue, Indian ricegrass, bluebunch wheatgrass, and wildrye. Other herbaceous plants, or forbs, include lupines, globe mallow, Indian paintbrush, sego lilies, phlox, and arrowleaf balsamroot. An occasional prickly pear cactus can also be found."

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