I have always considered the mountains to be a refuge; a place of renewal and of course, over the years, a place of employment. This morning the top of the Coburg Hills near the town of Marcola was filled with snow and formed even more of a refuge from all of the stress that seems to be running rampant. So quiet and renewing with fresh and falling snow.
I think snow helps to set off the bare branches of deciduous trees in winter forming almost line drawings. The first image below brought to mind a line dawning.
Going higher my friend Chris and I stopped at a meadow where we had both individually shot in the past under very different circumstances i.e., no snow. There is this wonderful little tree growing in the middle of the meadow and it always draws my attention. Dressed in winter togs it got my attention even more so.
At the top the road is cut into the side of the hill offering nice views but the fog was so thick it blocked those views. I did find a stand of leaf empty trees silhouetted against the fog that I liked. Standing strong waiting out winter.
I think there is a poem and a prayer somewhere in this image – grateful to start another day filled with light and shadow. T’was a great morning yesterday at an overlook of Lookout Point Reservoir near Lowell, OR. A tip from a photographer friend got me up there and I plan on returning. As always your comments are welcome. Click on the image for a larger view on your screen.
“Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self” Anthony Demelo
I totally lost myself in the sunset at the West Eugene wetlands last evening. Had the place to myself save for the skeins of geese. This is one of the shots from last night. I have another of the sunset but this one seemed to want to stand alone. I welcome your comments.
Started shooting early this morning at an overview of Lookout Point Reservoir on the road to Oakridge. I had stopped earlier at the Lowell Covered Bridge but there was nothing but dull gray sky so headed east along Highway 58, came over a rise and was greeted by a magnificent sunrise. Lit up the mountains and highlighted the lake water. What a treat to start a new year and I am hoping an omen for a great year to come.
There was finally a major storm in our area Thursday night – thunder and lightening and intense rain showers. Showers yesterday but there was still rain this morning – what a treat. With the color season beginning in a few days I thought that maybe the rain would brighten up the colors in the fallen leaves and help to usher in the season. Spent some time at a local park just wandering among the fallen leaves looking for a composition that said autumn color. Hopefully many more images to come when I focus my camera on Steens Mountain in a week or so although those may be more of the grand landscape than the intimate version below.