Following an overnight stay in Lakeview after a wonderful image filled first day along the Oregon Outback Scenic Drive I headed out the next morning with the idea of photographing in the Warner Mountains and then over to the Alvord Desert for a quick visit with my friend John Simpkins who lives and paints in the old ghost town of Andrews. http://www.johnsimpkins.net/

About 6 miles north of Lakeview is the junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 140 which turns and heads east into the Warner Mountains.  I had read in Greg Vaughn’s book Photographing Oregon about aspen being along that route.  That was sure the case and there were lovely pockets of beautiful trees all along the first 10 miles or so of the route. The yellow/green of spring leaves will morph into golden glory in the autumn.  On this trip I was looking for detail and intimate images.   Here are two.  I think I have my new autumn aspen shooting location but would still love to get to Utah and Colorado as well as those big hillside filling swaths seem to be just magical.

It is about 26 miles from the Hwy 140 junction to the map dot of Adel but it took me over 2 hours to travel.  Many stops and lots of unloading and setting up camera gear.  Just west of Adel is Deep Creek Falls.  To me a beautiful and somewhat surprising waterfall (Spring flow volume) in the midst of the high desert.  Please be sure to click on the image below for a larger view – I think it is worth it.

I will stop here and post again the story and images from the Alvord Desert portion of my outing.   Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome.