With KWAX broadcasting Sunday Morning Baroque on the radio I traveled early to Hult Lake in the Coast Range this morning. I love traveling at night with classical music on the radio and KWAX never seems to disappoint. The outing was mostly a scouting trip to check on how the autumn color was progressing – still about a week away, IMHO, from really popping. I shot the image below as a panorama and I think it works well in that format – 46×13 inches. Still water graced by a bit of fog and some color against the conifers. This one really is better viewed large so click on it if you are so inclined. Comments as always are welcome.
It has been said that you can’t step in the same river twice and I thought about that when I paid another visit to one of my favorite morning photographic locations – Scott Lake with the North and Middle Sister – Charity and Hope – in the background. It was filled with fog and mist and just the beginning of daylight. A very gentle quiet morning tinged with some crisp autumn air. A morning so alike and yet so different than a lot of other mornings I have shot up there. Click on the image for a larger view. Thanks for looking.
“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are” Brene Brown
That line came to mind last night as I was walked down the extended access road in the wetlands west of town. Seemed to hit home to me and I recognized that when I am out ‘working with my camera’ in the landscape I am most myself and the images I conjure up and hopefully come back home with express that.
We had had clear almost summer like day – clean the gutters and mow the lawn – but the forecast was for a wet front coming in overnight and I knew that meant that there could be an interesting sunset forming over the still waters of the wetlands. I managed to get out there – long walk – in time to find a scene and set up to try to capture the sunset. Below is the result of that effort. I welcome your commnets.
Wandering the wetlands west of town this morning among a plethora of birders’ tripods and spotting scopes I quickly realized that the Grand Landscape type image was just not going to come around. The best option and the one that interested me the most was to look for patterns in the mudflats around the edge of the reservoir as the water levels dropped. Simple composition – pattern, texture and color.
OK I admit a bit of a corny title. I did have a very peaceful evening at Waldo Lake yesterday. The Shadow Bay campground was near full but The Point was empty of people and it seemed to be the place to set up, have dinner (Subway sandwich) and watch the sun drop down toward to the mountains on the far shore. The image below is a bit of a postcard but I do think it captured the evening. I was hoping the clouds would develop over the scene but no luck.
Realizing that I was not going to get the sunset I had hoped for I turned my camera and attention to a small back bay that was reflecting the colors of the adjacent vegetation. Think I will call this image “Riding the Color Wheel!” and I think it was the one good image I came home with last night
“Good inner guidance can avoid a lot of common excesses that tend to stymie creative development, such as relying too much on standard practice or becoming too dependent on limiting habits. One common habit that can be especially limiting in landscape photography is putting too much emphasis on locations and not enough on our relationships with them.” Erin Babnik
I read a blog posting from Erin Babnik, a member of the PhotoCascadia group, yesterday over morning coffee and I certainly do agree with her above comment. Actually the whole article is worth reading — https://www.photocascadia.com/looking-beyond-locations-in-landscape-photography/
I think it is one of the main reasons I have avoided photography workshops – “Place your tripod here and point your camera with these predetermined settings in that direction and you will get a great image of this iconic landscape” Perhaps but…!!
With the weather changing last night after a few days of clear blue sky I headed for one of my favorite locations near Fern Ridge reservoir. Windy and nice clouds coming along. A harbinger of change coming over the Valley. Also sort of like visiting an old friend. My relationship with this area! Home Ground!
The weather front was on its way and rain is even predicted for this afternoon.
Thanks for looking and I welcome your comments.
I hope this is the expressive image of serenity and quiet I was hoping to capture. Taken in a small pond along my route to the Oregon Outback. Certainly not the Grand Landscape, more of an intimate landscape — to find them you have to slow down and really look. It was a nice way to start that trip. It is better as a larger view so click on the image if you care to.
I took this image a couple of years ago, 2017, in mid-August. It was the summer of smoke and haze from all the wildfires that ran thru the forests of Oregon. Sometimes odd conditions can make for interesting images. The little yellow flowers on the islands were in bloom again this year but well past their prime – they were full on in the image below and added a lot to the image.
Click for a larger view. Let me know what you think – comments welcome
The aim of a recent trip thru the Oregon Outback mostly on Highway 31 – the Fremont Highway – was to find places where “No Service” registered on my phone. While there were not great long stretches with no cell phone service I did find quite a few and took the time to just settle and enjoy being there. One such place was Fremont Point on the old Fremont National Forest. Great open views and wonderful canyons and plateaus. Many images to still work up from this portion of the drive.
I spent the night in Lakeview – the Tallest Town in Oregon at 4,799 feet elevation. Spent the evening hours exploring the roads to Adel and Plush looking for aspen stands in the Warner Mountains – found a few but not what I wanted. Still was a fun drive. Did find some interesting compositions but they will take time to work up.
The next morning found me headed north toward Lake Abert which is the 3rd largest saline body of water in North America. I was looking for morning light.
I think when the cell phone service is non-existent and there is a Red Tail Hawk on a fence post along the dirt road I turned on to and a coyote turd laying in the road beside the car where I parked one has found some solitude. With the morning light across the water and the hills across the lake just starting to glow I knew I had found what I went for. Headed back to Bend to meet my niece and her family – always a joy to spend time with them – but the hectic nature of Bend did come home.
I call the image below – Greetings.
Be sure to click on the image to get a larger view – trust me it is worth it. As always I welcome your comments.
Took an early morning ramble up the Quartz Creek drainage. The road parallels the stream and is a more or less a tie thru road from Mckenzie Pass, Hwy 126 to Willamette Pass, Hwy. 58 (Finn Rock to Westfir). Since Forest Road 19 has been closed since last year due to the fires in the Terwilliger area and the adjacent rock slides it is nice to have an option. I had never driven the Quartz Creek road so this was initially meant to be just a scouting trip. It turned into a terrific Tuesday morning (that one was for you Cecelia) There are great locations for a sunrise or sunset shot from the top, a.k.a. the grand landscape.
The lower north side of the trip is punctuated with small tributaries to the main stem and form little intimate landscape images. The first image below of of the main channel and the remaining two are of tribs.