I drove from an overnight stop in Burns down the west side of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – left early and in time to get to the Buena Vista Overlook about 40 miles south.  My hope and intent was to shoot a sunrise over the refuge.  It was about 30 degrees with a stiff breeze blowing and I had to wait about 45 minutes for the image below to come on. Morning sun and a coyote chorus.  Needless to say I was frozen but charmed and felt very lucky to capture this morning.

This quote just seemed to work for this image: (from a song called When I Go)

And when the sun comes trumpets from his red house in the east

I kept driving south and enjoying the heat in the car and made my way down toward the Pueblo Mountains – stunning winter scene.  Many more images to come – you have been warned.  I then made my way up the east side of Steens Mountain after a quick stop at Fields for breakfast entertained by a 14 month old Hadley.

Stopped for a visit with John Simpkins at Andrews – such a gracious host and a wonderfully talented artist. Got to see the next step in his current painting and to share a cup of espresso.  I feel blessed to call this man my friend.

Many more images to come – just thought I would share the one above and to invite your comments.  Click for a larger view.