Woke this morning decidedly out of sorts but what brought me around rather quickly was coffee and the realization that I had a planned day in the mountains searching for color especially up the South Fork of the Mckenzie River. The color is starting to come on here in Eugene so I was fairly certain that I would find great hues up-river. The drive and views this time of year are amazing if you hit it right and I hit it right. It is simply beautiful up there and I think it will hold for at least another week if not longer.
One of my favorite places to photograph along the river is Frissell Creek at the Frissell Crossing campground. Today was perfect. Morning light and low flows. This first image was taken at the junction of two tributaries to the main Frissell Creek and should give you an idea of the abundant color.
After an hour or so I moved up the main road to an overview of Roaring River – a peek through the trees. One of my favorite shots no matter the season. A click on the image will give you a larger view. Had a wonderful morning. The roads were beginning to fill with traffic on my return so hopefully others are intent on seeing the westside Cascades in all their beauty.
Now for the RANT: Seems like every stream I have walked in the past few weeks is littered with stacks of rocks – they seem to be everywhere. I have no idea what they are for or what they mean but they are out of place. I have walked hundreds of miles of stream and I can say I have never seen rocks from a streambed stacked like that. It is out of place, certainly not natural and I do my best to knock them down. Enough said from a cranky old guy.