This image of the White River Canyon shows the early autumn colors developing in the canyon just above the mouth of the river where it empties into the Deschutes. The volcanic origin of this river on the south face of Mt. Hood, well known to skiers, hikers, and motorists, is matched by the rugged volcanic landscape of the lower river. In this way, the Cascade Mountain volcanic features including ash and mud flows, are linked to the very different basalt flows from the east which occurred between the eruptive cycles of the Cascade mountains. The autumn golds, greens, and oranges add a somber and majestic tone to this rugged landscape. Click on image to enlarge.