Orbital View: Scenic Sauvie Island

Orbital View: Scenic Sauvie IslandI took this shot on Thursday during my flight back to D.C. from Portland, Oregon, where I was working remotely for a week while visiting family for my birthday—and got a perfect gift of unseasonably sunny weather. This pastoral view along the Columbia River is just north of the city, and only until I read the GPS location on my iPhone photo did I realize I was just over Sauvie Island—the largest island along the Columbia and one of the largest river islands in the U.S. The northern half of Sauvie is a wildlife refuge and the southern half has scattered rural homes. It’s also a great place to run wild and eat wild strawberries, as my niece Freya can attest:

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