“Beauty is everywhere – you just have to open your eyes.” Clyde Butcher
Spent part of yesterday morning walking along the banks of Crescent Creek in Central Oregon near the lake of the same name. The False hellebore was coming on all along the way. I love the patterns and the lines that develop in this wonderful plant and converting one of the images I took to Black and White I think helps to set off those patterns. Click on the image for a larger view.
I love going over to the High Desert. There are so many interesting things to point my camera at and the French Round Barn is certainly one of them. My friend Bruce McCammon and I stopped at the Round Barn on a trip thru the Malheur country a number of years ago and I made the image below. The barn was constructed in the way it was so that the ranch could train horses indoors during inclement weather, i.e., snow!! Perhaps this sort of image will give you a bit of an idea of life in the old and not so old West.
The image was stitched together from at least 4 separate images. Perhaps I will stop on my way back thru there is autumn. Comments are always welcome.
Most Landscape photographers acquaint themselves with the weather, be that for a local shoot or to prepare for an extended outing. I am no different. I noted that there was to be a clearing over the 3 Sisters on Tuesday after a cold front had moved into the area and fresh snow had been in the forecast. I headed out for my favorite viewing area in the mountains just south of the town of Sisters. When I arrived there were momentary bits of mountain peaking (no pun intended) thru the clouds but as soon as the top of one would show the others would be lost. I waited for over 2 hours for the shot I wanted but it never really came around and the clouds just rolled in even thicker over the ridge top.
I decided to go down to to the Whychus Creek trail on a dirt road that I had never traveled. It lead to a camping area and access to a very interesting portion of the stream. I still have some images to look at and will certainly be back in the Color Season.
I decided to go back to the overview just to check and found to my delight the mountain view was mostly open. So good to have patience and wait till nature gifts you. Your comments are always welcome.
Drove up the Mckenzie River this morning early with the idea of capturing a few more shots of dogwood which is in bloom right now forming a corridor of light along the highway. I did manage to find a couple of images that I think portray the beauty and simplicity of the blooms. Lights shining under a dark forest.
Not sure how long they will last and if you decide to go the salvage logging continues apace in the area. Helicopters, loaders and lots of trucks.
On the road between here and there is a forest. A pretty mundane forest, really. But the interplay of springtime dogwoods scattered amongst the conifers is enchanting. Steps from the road, freshly opened leaves appear almost as a flock of butterflies alighting on the bare branches to keep the flowers company. Magic beckons. Darcie Sternenberg
It was an overcast and drizzly morning with pockets of fog as I drove out to visit a spot next to an old cemetary that I vaguely remembered having dogwood in bloom this time of year. I was inspired to go out there from an article and set of wonderful images by Darcie Sternenberg http://www.DarcieSternenberg.com in the latest issue of LensWork magazine. Below is the magic I found this morning