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Photo of the Day August 2012

Hood River News Photos of the Day from August 2012.

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Photo by Julie Raefield-Gobbo

Sunflowers of 70 varieties blaze in full glory at Rasmussen Farms on Thomsen Road, off of Highway 35. Celebrating the 10th annual Van Gogh Days festival at the farm, guests can enjoy wine tasting, children's activities, a quilt show, live music and, of course, the flowers themselves. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, activities will be offered noon to 4 p.m. both days..

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Photo by Adam Lapierre

We love the outdoors. In the latest of the Hood River News "Name this Place" challenge, this heart-shaped carving is along what Hood River County trail? .

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Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

Music by the Hood River band Jamba gets an assist from maraca-playing sisters Caitlyn (7) and Jaclyn (3) FitzHenry of Redmond, at the first Fruit Festival at Streich’s Orchards near Parkdale Saturday. The girls and their parent...s and grandparents disembarked Mount Hood Railroad at Streich’s Park at Woodworth Road. Local vendors offered food, drink and handcrafts, and the Streich family sold cherries and gave tours of their adjacent cherry and pear orchard. The park abuts the tracks and has ample shade as well as sun, and views of Mount Hood. The park has been available for weddings and other private ...

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Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

Tibetan Buddhist monks are creating sand art known as a mandala at Hood River County Library this week. The community is invited to see the painstaking work up close. The monks, from south India’s Drepung Loseling Phukhang ...Monastery, are on a tour titled “Sacred Tibetan Art – The Sand Mandala: Creating a Picture of Universal Compassion.” According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, the creation of a mandala is meant to create a profound experience of compassion. The positive effects of a sand mandala are believed to radiate out over an entire region, blessing the environment and the beings therein, as an ...

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Photo by Adam Lapierre

Local Style: Sue Forsman of the Columbia Gorge Back Country Horsemen takes an afternoon ride on Knebal Springs Trail. Forsman and her three mules were helping haul material during a trail work party in partnership with a youth service crew and the U.S. Forest Service. .

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Photo by Esther Smith

A game young participant in the Hood River County Library’s Reptile Man event wears the latest in headwear Friday afternoon. The event was just one of many going on this summer at the library. Next up: Pirate Party, Aug. 17 from 2-3 p.m..

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Photo by Adam Lapierre

Stay cool: National Weather Service forecasts say temperatures into the 90s this week for the greater Gorge area. Although a "tad" busy this time of year, Oneonta Gorge is highly recommended as one of the more amazing places to take a dip on a hot August afternoon..

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Photo by Jody Thompson

Grin and bear it: Stay cool out there folks, the next couple days are going to be hot. National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the area until 9 p.m. Friday, with temperatures into the upper 90s or low 100s before a cooling begins..

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Photo by Adam Lapierre

Smoke drifting north from the Waterfalls 2 Wildfire northeast of Mount Jefferson catches the last bit of sunlight Monday evening, making for a grat sunset looking east down the Gorge. As of Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire was 7,363 acres and two percent contained. For details on fires burning across the state and the nation, visit http://www.inciweb.org/..

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Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

Water use restrictions go into effect in Hood River starting Sept. 4. Lawn watering will be allowed for even-numbered houses on even days and odd-numbered houses on odd days. Water-intensive uses such as as pressure washing an...d car washing will not be allowed for several month as city public works crews work on upgrading a water pipe from the city's water source near Lost Lake to one of its main reservoirs. For more info and updates on the project visit http://www.thecityofhoodriver.com/..

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Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

HRVHS football coach Caleb Sperry talks to the Eagles during practice Monday. The Eagles are going through final preparations for their season, which kicks off with a home game Friday night against Sandy.

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Photo by Adam Lapierre

Orchardists and farm workers are busy picking the first wave of ready pears and will continue for the next several weeks as the valley’s many varieties come into season. Pictured here is Efran Rodriguez picking Red Crimson pears with a glorious backdrop of Mount Hood at Cody Orchards in Parkdale..

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Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

HRVHS football coach Caleb Sperry talks to the Eagles during practice Monday. The Eagles are going through final preparations for their season, which kicks off with a home game Friday night against Sandy.

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