I hope I am not loading y’all up too much with these dogwood images. As you can tell I really love dogwood in the forest and so look forward to shooting them in the Spring.
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
It was a very nice Spring morning driving up to and along Champion Creek, a tributary of Brice Creek, on the Umpqua National Forest. We were initially headed for an old mining ghost town in the Bohemian mining district but there was a log across the road that stopped us before we got to the town site. The Champion Creek road is really rough – basically chiseled out of the rock hillside and the roadbed is nothing more than hard rock in places. The road pulls away from the stream and you find yourself driving thru massive old-growth timber with the stream down in a steep canyon.
Prior to exiting the main road we stopped at Cabin Creek CG and the dogwood are in bloom! This is one of my favorite mountain blooms. They are just lights in the forest and while a bit scattered right now I am sure there will be more to come in the next week or so.
Heading up Champion Creek we came to a gorgeous waterfall. I do not know the name of this drop but it just fits into the landscape and since I am a sucker for waterfalls I had to stop.
My thanks to Chris for the location suggestion and the invitation. Comments as always are more than welcome.
By removing colour, we change how the viewer’s eyes see the photograph. No longer dependent upon colour cues, we must find our visual information in the physical characteristics of shape, form, texture and line.
I was looking thru some images made early last March in Central Oregon and came across this one of a set of old buildings in the big open. Shot this east of Burns on a back road near Crane Hot Springs. As you can tell there was a storm coming and that night we got about 3 inches of snow in Burns. Loved the conditions and the snow was dry enough to make for reasonable driving. I welcome your comments. Stay safe
Left Burns early hoping to find a sunrise. It is great to be able to drive long distances in the open country and barely encounter another vehicle. Such was this morning ~ 50 miles without meeting another car.
Second day morning (the Blue Hour) – overlooking the Malheur NWR shot from the Buena Vista Overlook – 24 degrees and windy.
I just got a new down coat with a hood and it was really nice to have on this trip and these mornings sure did give it a good test.
Love to have your comments. Click on an image for a larger view.
I got back this afternoon from a few of days photographing and saying Bon Voyage to friend John at Andrews in Southeastern Oregon and just wanted to share this image from my trip. I have a few more to share but I did like this one. It is the view I had having lunch one day – lucky me. This is a panorama of the Pueblo Mountains just outside of Fields covered with fresh end-of-Winter snow. It really needs to be viewed full screen so just click on it and I do welcome your comments.
When I first started shooting more seriously and attempting to absorb as much information as I could I remember watching a video on photographic do’s and do not’s and they stated that one should never split the frame horizontally. Well as usual I am a poor student so here is an example of how I split the frame.
I picked up a copy of Intimate Landscapes: The Photographs of Eliot Porter the other day at Smith Family bookstore – only cost me $15 – such a deal. His images are inspirational – at least for me. The images in the book were all taken in the 50’s and 60’s and are in my opinion remarkable. His eye for composition lead me to start thinking about what I was seeing on the land beyond the big Grand Landscapes and waterfalls which I love to shoot.
I turned off the main Salmon Creek road and found a young stand of alder backlit by the morning sunlight. I love the color, texture, light and geometry in this image.
My thanks go out to fellow photographer April Norman for the tip and directions to Salmon Creek falls near the town of Oakridge. I went up this morning and found a beautiful stream in spring flow. I know it will change as its watershed drys and images taken at that time will certainly look different and beautiful in their own right.
I parked at the gate leading into the campground and walked down toward the stream. Trails everywhere – an indication of a well used facility when open. There are two small waterfalls plunging into the main stem just across from the main campground. The first image below focused more on the detail.