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Mt Hood during the winter is many things. Obviously beautiful and breathtaking, particularly during snowy conditions such as this day. But it is also a very unforgiving landscape, one humans were not really designed to last in very long at all. The recent spate of climber accidents certainly reminds us of this, but I was particularly reminded of this looking at the gnarled and weather-beaten trees that dot area around Timberline Lodge. The conditions at the time were near-whiteout and the wind had whipped my ears into a bearable numbness just a few minutes after leaving the lodge. I lasted out there a couple of hours, this tree has been there for years. It is interesting how something so twisted and beaten can still have such a sense of beauty to it. I was really drawn to this tangle of wood.

Taken with a borrowed Hasselblad 500C and Fuji Acros 100 film, just four days after my birthday. ;-) Not a bad start for my 29th year.

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