Mike Heinrich (@rico.shots) — Landscape Admirer - Helicopter Photographer- Lover of the American West (and beyond). - Living in Portland, Oregon.
The end of an era! Every summer during the 2010's, my son David and I would go b
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The end of an era! Every summer during the 2010's, my son David and I would go backpacking for a week in a different state ... something we called "Ten States in Ten Years". This past weekend marks the end of that project as we wrapped it up with a great trip to Banff National Park (*yes, I acknowledge that Alberta, Canada is not a state). The picture above shows Year 1 and Year 10 (as well as the aging effects of a decade on both father and son). What it can't begin to show is how much I loved doing this! After reflecting for a while, here are my two big takeaways: 1. We live in an astonishingly magnificent part of the world! The American West is so incredibly beautiful and diverse I feel almost ashamed that it took me 45 years before I began to explore it. The mountains, the deserts, the lakes and the canyons are stunning and breathtaking. I feel incredibly lucky that it's all so relatively close by. Backpacking may not be for everyone, but our National Parks system has done a great job of making some of our country's most beautiful sights accessible to just about everyone. And for those who want to make the extra effort to see the backcountry, the rewards are well worth it. 2. The time spent outdoors with my children has been priceless! Kudos to David for agreeing to hang with his old man year after year without wifi or cell service. My conservative estimate is that we've probably logged over 300 miles of trail time together and I'm thankful for every step. It didn't take long for him to take the lead from his father and blaze the trail. But I think the times I've enjoyed the most were hunkering down in a tent on a rainy night, sharing a flask of whiskey and swapping stories. I'm also incredibly thankful that I've been able to backpack separately with my daughter Madeline after college (and who joined us in the final two years of "Ten States"). Sharing the outdoors with these two wonderful human beings will always be one of the great highlights of my life!
16.09.2019 11:01:20
A color of blue I have never seen in nature before coupled with the Canadian Roc
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A color of blue I have never seen in nature before coupled with the Canadian Rockies peeking out from the cloud cover = an incredible morning view. • • • • • • • • #longexposure_shots#longexposure#banffnationalpark#banff#explorecanada#canada#yyc#canadasworld#imagesofcanada#explorealberta#thediscoverer#theworldshotz#TheBest_Capture#igshotz#aswediscover#ig_canada#10s10y
14.09.2019 21:29:13
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There are a few days left for the #LeeFarms Sunflower Festival. Well worth check
22.08.2019 17:21:15
30 years ago today!
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30 years ago today!...more
19.08.2019 10:56:58
My first attempt at steel wool photography (with @andythec )on the beaches of Pa
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My first attempt at steel wool photography (with @andythec )on the beaches of Pacific City. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers as a couple on the beach let us use their campfire when our lighter proved insufficient. • • • • • • #oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon#cascadiaexplored#pnwonderland#pnwisbeautiful#alphaleftcoast#pnw
15.08.2019 11:56:12
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From below and above ... fun morning on Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossi
From below and above ... fun morning on Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. • • • • • • • #pdx#travelportland#pdxnow#portland#portlandoregon#pdxavsquad#portlandnw#downtownpdx#discoverportland#wanderlustportland
25.07.2019 17:29:23
Had fun last night commemorating the moon landing 50th anniversary at an #omsi s
Had fun last night commemorating the moon landing 50th anniversary at an #omsi star party. Lots of telescopes available to view the night skies (including the monster shown here). New Andy’s Adventures airs Tuesday highlighting the event. • • • • • #nightphotography#longexposure_shots#cascadiaexplored#pnwonderland#pnwisbeautiful#alphaleftcoast#pnw#oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon
21.07.2019 19:11:43
The Neskowin Ghost Forest was likely created during the great Cascadia Earthquak
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The Neskowin Ghost Forest was likely created during the great Cascadia Earthquake of 1700 when an entire section of forest dropped suddenly to sea level. The stumps were buried in mud preserving them for years until the winter of 1997-98 when violent storms exposed them. Even now you can only see them during very low tides. I've been visiting Neskowin for decades and never knew this existed. This was a real treat to be able to see firsthand!• • • • • • #longexposure_shots#cascadiaexplored#pnwonderland#pnwisbeautiful#alphaleftcoast#pnw#oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon
20.07.2019 18:51:33
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12.07.2019 18:53:59
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I spent my Independence Day on a bridge with hundreds of other Portlanders enjoy
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I spent my Independence Day on a bridge with hundreds of other Portlanders enjoying fireworks along the water. Anyone have a favorite Fourth of July spot? • • • • • • #longexposure_shots#pdx#travelportland#pdxnow#portland#portlandoregon#pdxavsquad#portlandnw#downtownpdx#discoverportland#wanderlustportland
05.07.2019 13:13:42
Divisive political times right now in Salem ... but you wouldn’t know it during
Divisive political times right now in Salem ... but you wouldn’t know it during this morning’s sunrise. • • • • • • • #oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon#salemoregon#statecapitol
28.06.2019 14:05:36
I take waaaay too many pictures here but the reality is that during four hours o
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I take waaaay too many pictures here but the reality is that during four hours of shooting TV, the sunlight and weather is constantly changing. Such a beautiful spot! I’m embarrassed that I lived in Oregon for 30 years before visiting. • • • • • • #oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon#cascadiaexplored#pnwonderland#pnwisbeautiful#alphaleftcoast#pnw
20.06.2019 17:38:32
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A mile long and 80,000 years old. The Lava River Cave in Central Oregon is well
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17.06.2019 23:39:06
Lucky souls probably flying somewhere great. Anyone going somewhere interesting
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Lucky souls probably flying somewhere great. Anyone going somewhere interesting this year? • • • • • • • • • #oregonexplored#oregon#exploreoregon#bestoforegon#traveloregon#oregonnw#youroregon#exploregon#conqueroregon#youroregon#cascadiaexplored#pnwonderland#pnwisbeautiful#alphaleftcoast#pnw
18.05.2019 23:19:13
When your city is this beautiful, sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in
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When your city is this beautiful, sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in traffic! • • • • • • #pdx#travelportland#pdxnow#portland#portlandoregon#pdxavsquad#portlandnw#downtownpdx#discoverportland#wanderlustportland
29.04.2019 16:57:48
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