The Willamette River flows for nearly 200 miles, through deep forests, green valleys, and past cities — Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Albany, Salem, Keizer, Newberg, Oregon City, and Portland. Yet it is a river hiding in plain sight: until now, there has been no comprehensive guide to the Willamette. Following the river downstream from its tributaries through its vast valleys and to the tidal flats beyond Portland, The Willamette River Field Guide is the story of Oregon's earliest inhabitants, the connection between the river and the towns along its banks, the wildlife it supports, and the effects of alterations to its geography and ecology. Includes tips for more than a dozen riverside visits and trips. Twelve maps cover each segment of the river. Beautiful new color photographs and rare historical photos help tell the story. Travis Williams knows the river intimately and cares about it passionately. Whether you take in the views from land or water, or just dip into this fascinating guide from home, after reading this book you will know the Willamette River as you never have before.
Author: Lorraine Anderson
Release Date: 2015-11-15
Located between the population centers of Portland and Eugene, Oregon's Willamette Valley boasts rich opportunities for outdoor recreation that are too often overlooked. Wild in the Willamette is a guidebook to the natural treasures of the mid-Willamette Valley, extending far beyond the familiar I-5 corridor. Sprinkled with natural history sidebars and infused with essays by notable local authors, it aims to connect residents and visitors with the best hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities the mid-Valley offers. With a special focus on seven watersheds--the Marys, Calapooia, South Santiam, North Santiam, Luckiamute, Yamhill, and Pudding--as well as the middle portion of the main stem Willamette River, the book describes a range of outings at different levels of challenge. Families with young children, day hikers, long-distance backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, bird watchers, and cyclists alike will find ideas for spending a satisfying afternoon or venturing outside for a multiday trip. Whether choosing a wheelchair-accessible trail, a rugged hike in a wilderness area, a dip in a rocky swimming hole, a paddle on the broad Willamette, or a bike ride through farmland--whether lifetime residents or week-long visitors--outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from detailed notes on the history and ecology of this special place. Armchair travelers will also find reward in the book's literary and natural history offerings. Generously illustrated with maps and keys to the area's many attractions, Wild in the Willamette is an essential guide to the natural wonders of Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.
Author: Arthur C. Benke
Publisher: Academic Press
Release Date: 2009-11-25
Based on the comprehensive, award-winning book Rivers of North America, the new Field Guide to Rivers of North America describes 200 of North America’s most significant rivers in a reader-friendly, concise format. The guide is organized by geographic regions - each section begins with a map showing the relationship of rivers within one territory and a summary of the region’s most important elements. Each individual river summary includes a two-page spread with a basin map, a full-color photograph and key river characteristics. The compact format of this guide will be particularly useful to scientists carrying out field research in areas such as field ecology, entomology, botany. It is an easy-to-use reference that can easily be packed away with other scientific gear. Anglers and recreational boating enthusiasts will find a wealth of information on river topography, native and nonnative fish species, as well as average temperatures that will help them plan their next adventure. The only field guide to cover this broad geographic area. Each river features: Color topographic river basin map Color photograph Precipitation graph Vital physical and biological statistics
Soggy Sneakers has been Oregon’s primary source of information for whitewater enthusiasts since 1980. Members of Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club—who have run nearly all of Oregon's rivers—share their expertise and detail rapids and landmarks found on each run. There's something for everyone, from Class 1 (flatwater) excursions to Class 5+ (most challenging) rapid-filled adventures. Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching kayaking and canoeing skills, promoting water safety, preserving and protecting the free-flowing rivers of Oregon, and developing the camaraderie of their sport. Learn more about them at www.wkcc.org.
Best Places Portland is the smartest guide to one of the hottest cities in America. Whether it’s munching on crepes in Northwest Portland or an afternoon exploring the Garden of the Awakening Orchid, you’ll find the best the city has to offer. The Best Places series offers expert opinions, inside information, and honest advice—from the country’s most respected regional travel series. Includes information on walking tours, fine and performing arts, shopping, and nightlife, and contains reviews of new restaurants, hotels, and brewpubs and wine bars. This new edition includes: updated reviews of food and lodging, an expanded Shopping section, eight new sidebars, expanded coverage on the Oregon wine-growing region.
The essential guide for pepper enthusiasts! A little spice can really take a meal to the next level—but with so many peppers to choose from, how do you pick one capsicum from another? In The Field Guide to Peppers, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson give expert advice on popular varieties like ancho, cayenne, jalapeño, serrano, and more. The 400 profiles in this fiery guide include all the major types of peppers, and each page features a color photograph along with all the details a pepperhead needs to know: common name, origin, source, pod length and width, plant height, color, harvest, and heat level, ranging from sweet to superhot.
In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.
Author: Brian McLernon
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Essential lighting guide for users of compact cameras and dSLRs One of the most important aspects of photography is lighting, but getting the lighting right is tricky. When should you use flash? Are a camera’s automatic settings dependable? Should you use reflectors or diffusers and where do you place them? This handy, portable reference will show you when, where, and how to create and capture perfect light, every time. The book includes a color checker card to help you maintain true color, as well as examples of stunningly-lit photos of people, wildlife, and landscapes to inspire you. Walks you through the essentials of lighting for digital photography Helps beginning and intermediate photographers leave the safety of automatic settings and confidently control lighting themselves Shows how to evaluate natural light, decide when to use flash, and how and when to use diffusers or reflectors Includes a tear-out color checker card to help you maintain true color in your photographs Comes in the handy, portable Digital Field Guides size, perfect for camera bags Create and capture the perfect lighting every time, with Lighting Digital Field Guide!
Author: Alan Hess
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-01-05
Three Digital Field Guides in one information-packed e-book bundle Digital photographers are always looking for information on the fundamentals--composition, exposure, and lighting--and often they turn to Digital Field Guides. Now you can get the popular Composition Digital Field Guide, Exposure Digital Field Guide, and Lighting Digital Field Guide in this handy, three-in-one, e-book bundle. It includes every bit of the essential information, useful tips, and savvy techniques you love from the printed books, but in an e-book format. From setting a mood with lighting; to mixing ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to optimize exposure; to composing shots that will compel and fascinate viewers, it's all here, in an electronic format you can pull up easily on your tablet, Kindle, or Nook. Includes three popular photography guides, Composition Digital Field Guide, Exposure Digital Field Guide, and Lighting Digital Field Guide, in one e-book set Shows you when, where, and how to create and capture perfect light, every time Walks you through the complex techniques of good exposure, helping hobbyists grow into serious photographers Helps you combine and place elements in a frame and compose compelling photos Combining digital photography and e-books, the best in today's technology, Photography Techniques Digital Field Guide 3-Book Set is your e-ticket to producing better photos.
Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains is an engagingly written, portable history and identification guide for the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. This guide also includes information about the landscape and weather. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the Pacific Northwest if you are looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors.
In Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest, Mark Turner and Ellen Kuhlman cover 568 species of woody plants that can be found in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and northern California. The comprehensive field guides features introductory chapters on the native landscape and plant entries that detail the family, scientific and common name, flowering seasons, and size. Each entry includes color photographs of the plant’s habitat and distinguishing characteristics and a range map. Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest is for hikers, nature lovers, plant geeks, and anyone who wants to know more about, and be able to identify, the many plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Author: Jim E. O'Connor
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Release Date: 2009
"This volume contains guides for 34 geological field trips offered in conjunction with the October 2009 GSA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Showcasing the region's geological diversity, the peer-reviewed papers included here span topics ranging from accreted terrains and mantle plumes to volcanoes, floods, and vineyard terroir. Locations visited throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho encompass Astoria to Zillah. More than just a series of maps, the accompanying descriptions, observations, and conclusions offer new insights to the geologic processes and history of the Pacific Northwest - insights that will inspire readers to put their boots on the evidence as they develop their own understanding of this remarkable and dynamic corner of the world."--Publisher's description.
Author: Grant McOmie
Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
Release Date: 2013-04-02
Emmy Award–winning journalist and fifth-generation Oregon native Grant McOmie provides travelers with an in depth guide to 101 of the best Oregon destinations featured in his popular television series Grant’s Getaways, produced by KGW-TV and Travel Oregon. Come along with Grant McOmie as he explores family-friendly destinations and day trips across the width and breadth of Oregon. From kayaking in Netarts Bay, riding a jet boat on the Rogue River, and fishing for Deschutes River steelhead to exploring Lava River Cave in the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, digging for fossils in the John Day Basin, and riding mountain bikes at Black Rock, 101 Grant’s Getaways has an outdoor adventure for everyone. The book is organized by the month in which the television segment was filmed, and features 75 photographs from Grant’s outdoor adventures. Also included are travel tips such as “What to Know if You Go” and “Best Time of the Year” as well as access information.
Author: William Wyckoff
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Release Date: 2014-06-05
From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit. This innovative field guide includes stories, photographs, maps, and diagrams on a hundred landscape features across the American West. Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places. Emphasizing features that recur from one part of the region to another, the guide takes readers on an exploration of the eleven western states with trips into their natural and cultural character. How to Read the American West is an ideal traveling companion on the main roads and byways in the West, providing unexpected insights into the landscapes you see out your car window. It is also a wonderful source for armchair travelers and people who live in the West who want to learn more about the modern West, how it came to be, and how it may change in the years to come. Showcasing the everyday alongside the exceptional, Wyckoff demonstrates how asking new questions about the landscapes of the West can let us see our surroundings more clearly, helping us make informed and thoughtful decisions about their stewardship in the twenty-first century.