Driving up the McKenzie River Highway yesterday morning is driving thru a corridor lined with white dogwood blooms. The display starts just east of the mapdot of Blue River and continues to the junction with Highway 20. I have shot dogwood up here many times over the years – some year’s sparse and some full. This year can best be described as ABUNDANT – simply beautiful.
My first stop was at Delta CG and I spent some time just wandering the Nature trail. There was a dogwood in bloom along the edge of S. Fork McKenzie in a place that I have photographed before but from a different angle. With some bush whacking I found a new location that lead to the image below. So green and lush right now and I hope I can come back in the fall when those deciduous trees are in color.
Moving on I drove up the Old McKenzie scenic highway and turned off on a small gravel road just beyond Limberlost CG and noticed this setting of blooms in the old growth. Again simple forms.
I moved up the road which is still closed with a snowgate at the 7 mile point, and stopped for a look at one of my favorite places along that drive, Lost Creek Springs. There was a gorgeous dogwood on the bank at the edge of the flow and I spent quite a bit of time framing a shot that I think works.
Back on the main highway I found a spray of large blooms that just called me to stop. I noticed how large these individual blooms were as compared to the ones further up – timing of blooming, temperature and elevation I would think.
Olallie Creek campground was just around the corner and it was a stop that I had planned to make. I noticed the blooms just lighting up the dark under the old growth. There is a saying “You can’t have a light without a dark to put it in!!” True in this case.
As always comments are more that welcome and be sure to click on the images to get a larger view.