Mt Hood and Hood River Valley - George Purvis Photography
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Wind sports mecca, Hood River

Kiteboarders and windsurfers flock to the summer wind capital at Hood River, Oregon. Here, ant-sized kiters fly off the sand spit at the mouth of the Hood River. Mt. Hood to the south provides the dramatic backdrop for a beautiful kiting or sailing location. This mid-afternoon shot captures the peak of the kiting action. Oh, yes, the wind-driven white caps on the Columbia River are usual, unlike almost every other river. View this image at full screen to see the individual kiters. It was uploaded at 4096x2726. The detail is phenomenal from just 12 mega pixels - but not quite good enough to see the kite lines :) Note that contacts can see the original uploaded file.