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About Harley Kuehl

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  1. Harley Kuehl

    BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    Well this has turned interesting as my last visit in April dealt with BLM in Eastern Washington. Decided to give the new knees a work out and did some hiking to get a good view on a couple of photos. Needless to say, no signs posted, but i got investigated within minutes! I had little problem explaining the situation when they saw a camera hanging around the neck, instead of a gun hanging from the shoulder! But I'm also in the vote, I'd love to go to the County Sheriff's office, but I'm not convinced I would be treated fairly with the information I'd be seeking....what IS private, and what IS BLM.... In the meantime, the visit was great...however, I never do get all the items crossed off the list! Both shots are taken east of Sprague Washington; you can BARELY make out Steptoe Butte in the distance....Ma Nature wasn't exactly stellar...what else is new...
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    Palouse Canyon Hike

    Shameless Plug Alert!! Actually, in all honesty, this might be of great interest to Cindy, and any others in the immediate vicinity...it's great countryside to visit and see, however I do not have any idea how much of a turnout is anticipated, hence the apprehension of a crowd mentality...having to participate at somebody else's pace. It's a bummer about the short notice as well, but I sure would be grateful for any pictures taken if somebody makes the hike! http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/05/palouse-canyon-hike-scheduled/
  3. OWR&N (Oregon Washington Rail & Navigation) played into a lot of those towns growing and developing...and whereas roads will go up and over hills, railroads had to be more conservative and go around to get to their destination. The result was pretty interesting how destinations were accomplished when all this was being built. Union Pacific ended up buying most if not all of OWR&N, and I will never forget watching those trains as a kid in Whitman County. Here's a shot btw of that Elberton Bridge during busier times...
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    Yep....I think that Ford van is overdue to yearly inspection!!!! Great shots...
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    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    Bob has a life???!!! (Ducking QUICKLY)...
  6. Harley Kuehl

    PNW Photographer and Explorer

    Greetings and welcome to EF ! Long time past resident of WA state...was taking delight in the news yesterday that Multnomah Falls Lodge was reopening after the forest fires earlier this year. Being a big tourist thing for the state of OR, I'm happy to see things finally (somewhat) get back to normal. Of course it will be decades before the scorched land recovers...
  7. Urbex2.0 and Cindy, I betting you might find some dilapidated sawmills in northern Idaho and Northeast Washington for starts. I for one, if I ever get home with a world of time, would like to retrace the Milwaukee Railroad tracks from Rathdrum north...Twin Lakes, Spirit Lake, as it made it's way up to Newport. You also had the old GN line from Spokane/Mead that went thru Chattaroy, Elk, Camden, Scotia up to Newport. Some of those towns aren't up to speed about tearing down old buildings for the sake of safety....whereas I'd be hunting for old railroad paperwork, you might find yourselves astonished by the architecture! BTW Cindy, has Steptoe Butte seen your shadow yet?
  8. Looking at the design, that building had some history behind it...not your typical cracker box building!
  9. Harley Kuehl

    The Sound of Silence

    The Sounds of Silence. Yes, I’m old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkel…but in all honesty, I think I was more perplexed by other songs in their library, but I digress. For the amount of reading I’ve done on this website, it’s been interesting to concur that our eyes do most of the work. Not that it’s criminal or anything…maybe surprising would be closer to the proper description. All of us have been in locations in our endeavors that we’ve feasted our eyes first and foremost. Maybe the nose might be second place, as we take in the aromas of the environment we’re currently visiting. I’m just in firm belief that the ears don’t get equal opportunity, and it’s a bloody shame given the right circumstances. As you folks do your tour de jour of abandoned buildings, am I wrong in believing that the only time the ears come into play, is when the other senses have been disturbed?….maybe a creak of the door?…maybe a rustle of material from a rat or a raccoon under the floorboards? The point I want to get to, it’s phenomenal how, where, when, and why we play upon our different senses. Whether it be traveling with the work crew, and somebody just has to cut the cheese….and our poor noses suffer for the split second before the windows are rolled down. Or how many of you got to feast your eyes on the recent eclipse? Now I’m not a parent, and I’ve been blue collar all of my life….my sense of touch is most disgusting! Taste….well now, I’m a food person that used to be compared to packing sand down a rathole….no end in sight…. But in reality, maybe I’m glad for having spent years in the quiet of Eastern Washington. Doves with their coo carrying on for a LONG ways….but I would not be fair if I didn’t also mention living on the beach, with the tide coming in under the house….the noise of the foghorns carrying on what seems like forever. In closing, I smile knowing silence…it’s made me aware when my life is too noisy!
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    TS Nate COU Link

    Quick mover...Saturday morning news says landfall tonight, and making a presence in the northeast Sunday night/Monday...just in time to wreck the fall foliage... go figure!
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    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    So....we have a right to protect our property...does that include the birds that take out our drones??? LOL... https://www.wsj.com/articles/bold-eagles-angry-birds-are-ripping-80-000-drones-out-of-the-sky-1506701429
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    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    They keep making things complicated, it won't even be worth the time and money to own the stinking things! http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/28/faa-bans-drone-flights-near-major-us-landmarks-gra/ And of course you'll have your police forces that will take this measurement into their OWN interpretation...and that's the part that scares me. As a former transportation official, I pretty much have a heads on what can be done, and what might be questionable...but now as a basic photographer, I have recently made it a habit of carrying the "bill of rights" as a photographer because now the pendulum has swung so drastic on what's allowable, and how everybody views those freedoms. So now I can see having to pack an encyclopedia the same size to do photography with a drone?
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    Too close

    Ironically, there has been further posted developments regarding reopening of the interstate highway... http://www.khq.com/story/36372408/interstate-84-westbound-reopens-after-fire-closure
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    Too close

    All three modes of transportation have now been affected; I-84, the rail lines, and now the Coast Guard has stepped in regards to the barge traffic on the Columbia River: http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2017/09/officials-restrict-passage-on-columbia-river-due-to-wildfire-but-impact-should-be-slight/
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