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.