There was finally a major storm in our area Thursday night – thunder and lightening and intense rain showers. Showers yesterday but there was still rain this morning – what a treat. With the color season beginning in a few days I thought that maybe the rain would brighten up the colors in the fallen leaves and help to usher in the season. Spent some time at a local park just wandering among the fallen leaves looking for a composition that said autumn color. Hopefully many more images to come when I focus my camera on Steens Mountain in a week or so although those may be more of the grand landscape than the intimate version below.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
I have photographed Bryce Creek on the Umpqua National Forest a number of times. I think I have captured images in most of the seasons, even in the snow of winter, so this morning capturing an image of Bryce Creek Falls in very low flow conditions added to the others. This waterfall is set in one of the prettiest mountain watershed scenes I know of. I followed Charlotte Gibb’s advice on not including the sky in order to compose a more intimate image. The light was just right to light up the pool below the falls with golden color.
Driving up the road there was a pullout/overlook that required a stop. The morning light working its way thru the riparian vegetation painted the pools of the stream in a nice soft green light.
With all of the hardwoods filling the watershed I am thinking that an autumn color trip is called for and given another month or month and a half I intend to get back up there.
Your comments are more than welcome and as always click on any image to get a larger screen view.
A few years back there was a major wildfire in the South Fork of the Mckenzie River Watershed, Willamette National Forest. The fire started near Terwilliger Hot Springs and spread up both sides of the canyon over a extended period of time. Evidence of the fire is still easily noted but yesterday on an outing up the river I started to take notice of the survivors. Conifers standing tall amidst the gray and black of their burned neighbors. Made for what I think is a very nice and hope filled image.
Once again click for a larger view and your comments are always welcome. Have a Wonderful Weekend.
A while back my friend Chris mentioned that the parking lot at the Covered Bridge at Dexter Reservoir was a great place to shoot a sunset. I had never done that so last night was a ‘first time’ treat for me. Apparently this is a very popular place for people to sit and photograph and just enjoy the sunset. The small parking lot filled up as the evening went on. Last night was full of color as the sunset descended into the far hills. What a lovely way to spend an evening.
First image is a very wide angle shot done with my 14 mm prime lens.
As the sun moved lower the colors changed and the scene became more what I would expect of a sunset over water.
Have to keep this place in mind for autumn and winter sunsets. Click for a larger view and as always I welcome your comments.
These two images are from a small pond near the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum that I visited early this morning – trying to beat the bright summer light and the heat.
The first images is called: Connecting the Dots.
This next image is a bit of a natural abstract that I found looking at the same pond. Slowing down and really taking the time to look.
Was a wonderful way to start the day – classical music on the radio and sunshine filling the Valley. Click for a larger view and as always I welcome your comments.
Spent part of last evening at Shorelane Park on the edge of Fern Ridge reservoir. I have shot here many times in the past and while not always successful in coming back with reasonably good images I think last night I managed to capture a couple that will give you an idea of how lovely it was. There were clouds scudding across the hills being blown apart a bit by strong winds but creating interesting formations. The setting sun always seems to add interest and drama.
As the sun set the color in the remaining clouds seemed to come up and be reflected in the choppy water. It was a really nice evening and I hope these images convey some of that to you. Comments are more than welcome and thanks for looking
Following my workout I went directly to the Owen Rose Garden hoping for a decent shot of this bloom. I tried to get one yesterday but the wind just dominated the scene so I got nothing that really worked. I am not sure of the name so would welcome an addition to my botanical knowledge.
This is a stacked image created from 14 separate images. It is the only one that worked for me from the images I collected this morning which just means that I will return soon. A large view is better so click on the image if you would like to see it that way and I welcome you comments. Thanks for looking
Spent the early morning hours on the banks of a small pond in Alton Baker park here in Eugene. I watched a video on YouTube yesterday – an interview by Alister Benn – one of my favorite photographers – of T. J. Thorne. He has a new ebook out titled “There is No Such Thing as Bad Light”. I have not purchased it just yet but the interview was heartfelt and informative. This morning that book title was in the front of me wee brain as the light was rather flat. Got me to slow down and really look as I wandered along. Found this simple welcoming view to the edge of the pond. Spent about an hour down there and it was a very nice way to start the day.
Originally I had intended to go up the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River on Friday but decided to get some work done around the house and thus beat the rain that was predicted for Saturday morning. No rain this morning but nice overcast sky and a wonderful river and a small tributary that were both filled with spring runoff.
I have photographed the small stream below quite a few times tumbling down what I am sure was at one time a sluice-out but it is so charming that I always stop and do my best to capture the seasonal view. The white wild iris was just along the side of the road waiting for me as I parked!! Nice treat from the natural world.
I drove upstream and have a few more images that I will work on and hopefully share but there was one more this morning. Three bracketed images shot with a 6 stop ND filter. I personally like the dynamic nature of the flow that resulted.
T’was a fun morning and was restorative after a week of turmoil. Rain finally came into town here. Nice to hear it dripping on the driveway. Love to have your comments.