Met up about 5AM with Paula Goodbar and Patricia Torguson, a new participant in our photo adventures and the first comment from Pat directed to me was something of the nature “Can you tell me why we are leaving at this ungodly hour!?” Did not have a real good answer for that – after all the 0530 Spin Classes it just sort of seemed normal to me and then there was some vague reasoning about The Magic Hour running through my sleep addled brain so I am sure I had a totally inadequate answer. Seriously I was hoping for some morning light and we did get nice light for most of the day bar a bit of direct sun about 10 AM.
First stop was Koosha Falls – one of my favorites and while the shot below is a bit of a postcard it was a nice way to start a morning of shooting.
We made a couple more stops one of which was down an old logging road that was lined with beautiful dogwood blooms. I love these flowering trees – they seem almost delicate in the midst of an rugged old growth forest.
Olallie Creek campground was the next stop down river and I spent time photographing this lovely stream. There are some dogwood shots to be examined from this area so maybe more to come.
Lost Creek Springs was our next stop and while, as normally the case, it took a bit of wandering about to find the best little trail down there it was worth the effort. I have been down there in the autumn and in the winter but never in the spring and it almost felt like seeing it for the first time. So dense, So lush.
On the way back out Pat stopped to shoot some wood decay fungus and I noticed a patch of Canadian dogwood growing along the trail. This is another stacked image shot – 10 images to comprise this one.
The last stop was at Delta Campground along the banks of the South Fork of the McKenzie. There is a nice loupe nature walk that today was just filled with fresh ferns in all stages of development. Some still pretty tight in the bud and some gracefully unfurling to greet the world.
Lunch was calling and the timing was perfect. Good food and good conversation to top off another of our fun photographic outings. Join us if you can sometime.