I have been wanting/needing to get into the mountains – spending some time with my camera and my thoughts – a mountain meditation. Today just seemed right to go east into the Cascades.
I headed up Willamette Pass this morning with no particular shooting spot in mind but as I drove by what appeared to be a big meadow adjacent to the highway – I have noticed it before and never stopped – I pulled off, parked, changed into my L.L. Bean boots – loaded up the camera and tripod and headed down the hill. NOT EXACTLY a meadow – more like a willow bog – very brushy, very wet and very muddy and I came back to the car with dry feet but soaked and muddy pants.
I had no idea what to expect when I forged my way thru the brush but was delighted to find patches of Jeffery Shooting Star – one of my favorite wildflowers. After rootin’ around in the mud for a while I made my way back to the car and along the way came upon what I think is a Penstemon but I am not sure. I was attracted to the leaf pattern and the water droplets. This is a stacked image that I may convert to B&W at some point.Once back on the road I found it hard to get my wet muddy britches into my new car but…. A few miles up the road I came upon a great view of Diamond Peak and Mt. Yoran. Love the lenticular clouds over Diamond Peak. Paula, Dave and I stopped at this location a few years ago on a similar trip – they got images, I got nothing!! I turned off Willamette Pass onto the Cascade Lakes Highway as I understood it was open and made my way up to the Sparks Lake CG area. There were beautiful cloud formations over the South Sister and Broken Top and while color is nice for this I intentionally shot with an eye to Black and White. The road is open all the way through and it is a great drive. Also no snow on the road and trail leading to Ray Atkeson Point. It was soul reviving day for me and I much needed it.
As always if you click on an image you can get a larger view.