The famous Lewis & Clark expedition in August, 1805 was beginning to realize there was no practical water route by river across the United States to the Pacific Ocean. The Salmon River was a major obstacle, and attempting to haul their heavy dugout canoe over the Sawtooth Mountains was impossible.
In this view is a calmer Salmon River, but down stream as it enters the canyon it becomes swifter and full of treacherous rapids, and has been named the "River of No Return" because of later explorers attempting to float down its torrents.
Location off Highway 75 near Chalis, Idaho.
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dta (71391) 2013-10-10 11:51
Hello RAy ,
A beautiful landscape . I like the contrast between the lush vegetation of the banks of the river and the arid mountains .
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-10-10 12:51
This is absolutely fantastic.Great colors as well as depth of field.The mountain looks towering over the still waters of the river.Very well done.Keep sharing.TFS.
delpeoples (55090) 2013-10-10 14:42
Wow, the serenity of this place really belies its danger! The image makes me think of a safe and tranquil place, but really we all know better. The colours and light here are extraordinary. I love the reflections and your note on the history of this location sets the scene so evocatively. Nicely done Rayster!
saxo042 (37666) 2013-10-11 5:19
This is a beautiful and very pleasant scenery. It really gives an impression of the "Wild West" long before the settler had arrived here. I tried to find this place on Google Maps. I did not find the very green and pleasant sight...
serp2000 (42056) 2013-10-12 5:22
When I saw this thumbnail I thought about similar view of the Salt river in Arizona. This place looks like some places near Phoenix.
Anyway this is very attractive landscape, excellent colors and perfect DoF. TFS!
Have a great WE!
Noel_Byrne (27382) 2013-10-12 6:18
An ominous name for such a calm scene, but of course your note explains that. Imagine someone approaches you and asks if you fancy joining an expedition on the River of no Return. Eh, no I think I'll stay in bed thanks.... :)
The scene here is a surprise to me too, if I were asked where I thought this was without your info, I would guess Africa, the sandy mountain for one thing, and the greenery on the left reminds me of an oasis. Cool shot and note, thanks
All the best
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-10-13 21:07
Ray, great note and nice of you to dedicate your picture to this extraordinary expedition
great natural setting and marvelous colors
thanks for your very useful input to my last post, I really appreciate it!!