“As I have matured as a photographer and observer of nature, I’ve come to prefer the challenge of discovering the subtle and often overlooked, of creating compositions out of a minimalist palette provided by nature”
Art Wofe, Earth is My Witness
I happily spent yesterday in the Cascades first driving up Willamette Pass then across the Cascade Lakes Highway through Bend and back home via Mckenzie Pass. The weather was pretty stormy but I have found that conditions like that can make for some of the best photography. I stopped at a number of places along the highway for short hikes and to just feel the mountain air fill my lungs.
Near Mt. Bachelor is a large meadow adjacent to Sparks Lake. The clouds were hanging low and the possibility of shooting the grand landscape, aka, South Sister, Broken Top etc. just did not present itself. I am as much of a sucker for the grand landscape shots as any other photographer but it just was not going to happen yesterday.
It was snowing lightly as I left the highway and walked out into the meadow. The textures and patterns that presented themselves were fascinating to me and I spent enough time to get wet and cold trying to frame up interesting shots. To me these are natural abstracts and I love wandering about searching for them. These range from a wide shot across the meadow to the tree line in the distance to looking down between my feet. I am sure they are not to everyone’s taste but they do find a place with me.
I read the above quote last night after I returned and it just seemed perfect for the images I managed to come away with. Such a wonderful book.
PS: No Bigfoot sightings today.