Pulling back a little, we get a different perspective. On the left, you can just see the water of the old mill pond, where wood was sawed and processed in days past. Now there's a housing development called "Mill Pond," and the pond still connects to the river. Bald eagles like the treetops on the side of the hill below the column.
With the zoom pulled all the way back, you get a completely different perspective of the river, although I'm shooting the same location. You can barely make out the red buildings from the first two photos, and you can see the partially-shrouded hills of southern Washington four miles across the wide Columbia River. The light color is not an island or clouds, but the pattern made by different currents or by the wind.
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