“Gorgeous, amazing things come into our lives when we are paying attention: mangoes, grandnieces, Bach, ponds. This happens more often when we have as little expectation as possible.” Anne Lamott
My traveling companion this morning was Woodie Guthrie – OK on my car stereo – I bet you knew that – it was from a CD I purchased a while back to celebrate his 100th birthday. Original recordings – not much fussing or remixing – and he was great to sing along with. I am not sure why I mentioned that.
I have to admit to having some expectations for snow and views of the Mckenzie River but was sure open to what I would find. Snow was clinging to the trees at the 1,000 foot level so it was easy to find scenes that helped with what I had hoped for. The first stop was the Quartz Creek Bridge over the Mckenzie. I shot for over an hour and managed to get one shot that I like. Long exposure with a 10 stop ND filter.
Since I was very near the snow line I decided to head up river to the South Fork Mckenzie River road and was glad I did. There was so much more snow and the Forest Service road crew was busy plowing the road. I chatted with them a bit and they said they had plowed clear over the top but there were no turn-arounds and given my luck with turning around last week and not having my expert ‘diggers’ with me I opted for just a short run up the river. Along the road I came upon two horses romping in the fresh snow.
The trees along the South Fork were frosted and simply beautiful. I found a small area that showed me the strong straight boles of the trees against the softness of the snow and I stopped for a while just to look and to shoot.
Heading back I decided to stop once more at the Quartz Creek bridge and took a set of images (5) that I stitched into one just to give a more extensive view of the river at this location. This is a big image 52×23 so you may want to click on it to get a bigger view. It really is beautiful up there right now and if we get more low elevation snow I think I will head back for another try. No expectations! just perhaps some companions to sing with!!