My thanks to Perri Schelat for the tip to go out and do WMCAS – went to Golden Gardens a few mornings ago and took a few shots – I know I will take hundreds trying to get a good one but this is a start. Oh! What is WMCAS?? Waving My Camera Around at Shit. This one was taken handheld with a 6 stop ND filter and after a few tips from Perri I think I like this one pretty well.
“The thin snow now driving from the north and lodging on my coat consists of those beautiful star crystals . . . Nature full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand”
Henry David Thoreau
The forecast was for another rain front moving in yesterday albeit a bit colder than the preceding one. On the lookout for snow I headed toward one of my favorite places to photograph – Clear Lake and Fish Lake. I made an intermediate stop at Olallie CG to photograph in the old growth. See yesterdays post. It was spitting snow when I left the campground and headed up river. When I got to Clear Lake the weather had morphed into a full on snow storm. I went out on the dock at the resort – seriously snowing and blowing. (I think I could hear Elvis singing Blue Christmas) Love being coated by snow.
By converting these images to Black and White I can almost get the look of an etching – the branches stark against the storm filled sky and I think it captures the cold really well. (Not nearly as good as the work I see of print artists like my friends Heather and Mika.)
Four wheel drive on the road up the hill back to the highway and more snow on the road up to Fish Lake near Santiam Junction. Another black and white winter etching below.
Time in the mountains, in the snow, with my camera is a real gift and yesterday felt like a day late Christmas present. Click on the images for larger views.
My brother in law and sister gave me a copy of Art Wolfe’s new book – Trees: Between Earth and Heaven – for Christmas – so generous. It is wonderful book full of his amazing images complemented by great writing. (https://store.artwolfe.com/product/trees-between-earth-heaven/)
This morning I headed up McKenzie Pass looking for snow – which I found near the top – but along the way I made a stop in the old growth at Olallie Campground and thanks to the book which triggered my eye to look for images — the simple forms of trees. The image below if a 3 shot panorama that measures out 48×15 inches. Please click on the image to get a larger screen view. Welcome to the forest.
Guided thru the back roads on the way to Smith Rocks by my friend Leslie, who lives in Sisters, we topped a small ridge. I pulled over to see the view in front of us which was looking east – got out of the car and looked west – it was my good fortune to see this landscape image spread out before me. Took my time to compose it carefully. What a treat to find this spot, especially as the storm came in that evening. I know I will be back next autumn – color season – and perhaps in the spring with fresh growth. I like this image a lot and while I may be done with it I will come back and review with fresh eyes in couple of days.
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Left Monday morning with the idea of shooting for a few days in Central Oregon – I did not see this warning (Forecasters say the strongest storm of the season so far will sweep Western Oregon and Southwest Washington on Monday night, prompting several warnings and watches across the region) but managed to get in one really nice day of shooting accompanied by my friend Leslie, around Smith Rocks and in the hills behind the town of Sisters. The storm hit on Monday night and was in full blowout mode Tuesday morning.
We met Monday morning at the Sisters Coffee Company – how I manage to do without Black Butte Gold is beyond me – happy to restock my supply. Headed up the road toward 3-Creeks Lake and made a stop along a small stream that was still rimmed with ice but showed off the nice morning colors.
One of the goals of this outing was a visit to Smith Rocks near the town of Terrabonne. We took a different route into the State Park and stopped along the road at a small wetland adjacent to the Crooked River. Large colorful cutbanks still in shadow and the heads of cattail just catching the light.
We spent time wandering around the trails at Smith Rocks – I have some images to work up and hopefully will post them later on. Next stop was lunch in the Old Mill District of Bend and a stop at REI. The smokestacks from the old mill were catching the light – probably as close to street photography as I get.
Following a great seafood lunch we were back on the road toward a hilltop that looks straight into the 3-Sisters. The clouds were coming in fast and covering the hills – not really much to shoot.
Woke this morning to driving rain in Sisters and headed from home. Drive back over the mountains was just wet and windy but relatively easy. As always comments are welcome.
Sometimes leaving the gym at just the right time pays off with a sunrise that while it may only last a few minutes is worth the time spent east of town waiting in a frosty field in 23 degree weather. Such was the case this morning. I shot this image just after I arrived and got set up and was hopeful that the sky would get better as the sun came up but alas the sun just washed out the scene so I am sticking with this image. Click for a larger screen view.