After almost nine weeks with no rain it felt great yesterday when cool marine air filled the valley – no real rain yet but the promise is in the forecast for later in the week and I am so looking forward to it. With a sky filled with clouds Dave and I headed up McKenzie Pass yesterday morning hoping the clouds would break and unveil the 3-Sisters.
Before that I took the opportunity to stop near MP39 along the highway to shoot an area I have driven by and noticed so many times. Went down a steep and rocky cutbank to photograph the scene below. Alders reflected in the slow smooth waters of a side channel. We are both thinking that with autumn color this area should be even more lovely.
After a rocky scramble combined with a spill coming back up the bank we loaded the car and headed for Scott Lake that according to plan was to be our first stop. We made our way toward the lake and campground over a potholed and dusty road to find a very full parking lot but optimistically packed up the camera gear and headed for the a lake shore. On the way down the trail I noticed some late blooming flowers that seemed to make a nice mountain bouquet. After a few shots of the mountains, still wrapped in clouds I went back to visit these blooms.
After spending some time composing the above shot I wandered back to the edge of the lake and found a stack of logs that ran out into the water and made my way out to capture the following image. The clouds were breaking up a bit and starting to get some character. Gave us hope for the rest of the day.
We did make a stop at a small lake along the road, Craig Lake, and thought about the first time we had photographed it along with Paula Goodbar. Perhaps another autumn trip – mid to late October. I still have some images to work on from this stop so perhaps a future post.
We went to the top of the pass – Dee Wright Observatory – walked bit of the PCT in the lava fields – hard on the feet and ankles and took many shots. I have a series of images that I will hopefully be able to work into a panorama. On the way down the pass we noticed the clouds breaking up and really gaining some character and another stop was called for. This was the last shot of the trip for me.