The title of this post stands for Metolius and McKenzie – not the tasty little multi-colored candy treats.  After meeting my friend Chris at the Camp Sherman store we headed to Wizard Falls.  The Metolius River is one of the prettiest rivers in Oregon in my opinion.  However I also think it is one of the most difficult to photograph in a way that displays the beauty of the river and its environs.  Below is my simple attempt at doing that from this recent outing.  I am sure I will be giving it another go in the future.

One of my favorite things to do while walking the banks of the river is to photograph the detail in the runs and riffles.   Below is one that if found interesting.

Following a stop at the bookstore in Sisters to pick up a copy of Ellen Waterston’s new book “Walking the High Desert” we headed for a spot south of town that on a clear day offers a spectacular view of the 3 Sisters.  However yesterday the mountains were wrapped in clouds.  No view.

The Old Mckenzie Highway Scenic Highway is open and I think always worth the trip and that is where we headed next.   Given the traffic on the main highway I was glad to detour.  We both noticed this wonderful wild white lily growing at the edge of the forest.  It was windy so had to grab an image quickly between gusts.

Clouds and rain filled the hills and made for some very interesting images as we drove up into the old burn area.  Fog and the dark burned ground set off big clumps of beargrass – “You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in”.  Not sure who said that but it seemed to work for the two images below.

This outing was one of the most enjoyable that I have had in sometime and I love sharing the images with y’all.  Please click on each one for a larger screen view and as always I welcome your comments.