Today is the first time in almost 2 weeks that I have awoken with an appetite – some coffee and dry toast may not sound like much it was a real step forward in healing and getting all this surgery and sickness behind me.
I actually did grocery shopping, went to the Home Show, and worked on an image (below) All of that felt good and I just thought I would share with you and thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I sure needed them at one point.
This morning light image is about 26×9 inches and was taken at the Buena Vista Overlook a couple of weeks ago when I was over there.
After checking into my motel in Burns I opted for finding a new location to shoot. Normally I would have gone out to the Refuge in search of wildlife and have been somewhat successful in the past doing that. However on this trip I went east from Burns down Highway 20. Just out of Burns there is a string straight stretch of highway 15 miles long and at the end are two very gentle curves. Once you navigate the curves you come straight against a very steep mountain pass, Stinkingwater Pass. The next one over is Drinkwater Pass – love it – conjures up wagon trains and settlers.
Chain signs and snow fences were up in anticipation of the coming winter storms but on the afternoon I was there it was very nice but you could see a weather front forming and headed toward the basin. I shot the image below near the top of the pass and about an hour before official sunset. The clouds came in and closed up the scene so I was happy to have found this image. Thanks for looking.
There are mountain communities that fill up with skiers etc. when the snow arrives, such is not the case with the far SE corner of Oregon adjacent to Nevada. While the cook at Fields prepared my breakfast she commented that even in January there were people around – mostly bird hunters but come February things got really empty. For me that meant no dueling tripods at overviews, empty roads (I met one car on the drive from Frenchglen to Fields about 65 miles), stands of aspen devoid of leaves and wonderful untracked views of mountains painted with snow.
I found this stand of Aspens about half-way along the drive south – not a leaf to be seen but pattern and texture seemed to just jump out at me. I drove past it at first and then just stopped in the middle of the highway and backed up to where I could find a place to pull over and park – not that it was all that necessary.
I spent almost an hour photographing this stand and with some serious work I am hoping for an even better composition but I do like this one.
There is a fairly steep pass that takes you over the ridge coming down from the SW foothills of Steens Mountain and at the top I got a wonderful view of the snow draped Pueblo Mountains to the south. In the distance is Nevada – a larger screen view is recommended.
For me this image defines the Empty Season in the Empty Country. Loved this trip and perhaps I will go back when it gets really empty over there. Love to have your comments but if not thanks for looking.
…. and I was wandering around in the hills north of the town of Sweet Home this morning. I was intent on going to McDowell Creek Park to photograph what I think is a particularly beautiful waterfall – Royal Terrace. Below are two images – one of the full drop with all the steps on the way down and the one below that is of some detail that I concentrated on and found appealing.
Just in case you do not have a Christmas tree in your house – me neither – I am sending this one along, decorated by nature, to brighten your holiday. Blessings to all of you. (click on the image for a larger screen view)
A few months ago it sort of hit me that a collection of Black and White prints of Oregon landscapes offered a creative avenue to me that was so different than the normal color scenes that I usually come back with. Certainly nothing wrong with color – do not mean to imply that in any way. The images I choose to go into a B&W collection need to be simple and strong – at least in my opinion – so will take a bit of time to collect. Many more trips out and about in the glory of the Oregon country to come. The image below was from a recent trip up the South Fork of the McKenzie River and at this point I think will make the cut as will the image of Koosah Falls in an earlier post. Thanks for looking. Comments always welcome including questions concerning my sanity.
One of the best places to experience the westside of the Cascades in Oregon is to take the Waterfall Hike. It is a short walk punctuated by two major waterfalls — Koosah and Sahalie. Trail runs along the McKenzie River and is simply beautiful. A solid recommendation to newcomers or even long time residents looking for a nice day in the mountains.
I stopped yesterday to photograph – once again – Koosah Falls. So many times I have tried to get an image I like one that does not just look like a postcard. I think by converting the image I got yesterday to Black and White I approached what I hoped for. Thanks for looking and I welcome your comments.
I got a recent email from a friend who said “I hope you are someplace warm and cozy” Well that did not happen today. Instead I found myself plowing thru about a foot of fresh snow in a frozen meadow up on Santiam Pass. It was simply beautiful – fresh snow, 25 degrees, morning light coming in from the side, and fog forming over the frost flocked vegetation. Drove on to Sisters for coffee and a muffin – cold over there – I think they have recently had a couple of one-dog-nights and are probably in store for more. It really felt like winter in the mountains over there. Love it.
Thanks for looking and if you click on the image you will get a larger screen size view which I think is better to give you an idea of the image content. Comments are more than welcome.
Went up in the hills around town that are coated with fresh snow hoping to find a shot or two that I could think of as Creative – been one of those mornings. Not sure about this one, it may just be jarring but it was fun to create. Shot with my 70-200 mm lens on my Gitzo tripod at f16 for 2 seconds and obviously moved when the shutter was open. Black and White conversion using NIK software.