Untamed West (Sagebrush) by rocamiadesign

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This was taken at the Columbia River, across from Vantage, Washington (USA). I’m uploading it for the November Avatar challenge in the Welcome to Washington group.

This view is appropriate for the month of Thanksgiving, because it takes me back to a time when buildings didn’t cover the face of this country and I am thankful that we still have places to go where we can enjoy an unspoiled view. Just think about the fact that this is basically the same view that the pioneers had, when they crossed this country in their covered wagons.

The bush is sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), one of my favorite wild plants.

“Native Americans used sagebrush administered internally as a medicine to halt internal bleeding caused by battle wounds and childbirth. The plant is very toxic to internal parasites and was used to expel worms. The plant’s oils are toxic to the liver and digestive system of humans if taken internally, with the toxic symptoms subsiding 24–48 hours after ingesting the plant.

A tea made from sagebrush was used internally and as a topical dressing to treat infections by Native Americans in the Mountain West of North America. Woven sagebrush was used to make sandals in prehistory." [from the wikipedia article]

I’m not sure what the dead flowers in front are. If anybody recognizes these flowers, please let me know in a comment.

Photo taken in September, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

- Kathleen -


  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 4 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous view!

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 4 years ago

    Awesome work, I love this ~ Elaine :)))

  • Thanks, Elaine! You live in a beautiful state too. I just wish I could spend more time there. My stepdaughter and her kids live in Spokane, so we usually don’t get further west than there.

    – rocamiadesign

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • C-hass
    C-hassover 4 years ago


    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • fotoflossy
    fotoflossyover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous scene and shot!

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

    Beautiful panoramic view!!! Well done!!!

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallover 4 years ago

    absolutely love this :) xxx

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 4 years ago

    Beautiful & serene!

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97over 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being in the Top 10 of the Challenge in Welcome to Washington (the State) group.

  • Thank you for letting me know. I missed the challenge announcement.

    – rocamiadesign

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