Most Landscape photographers acquaint themselves with the weather, be that for a local shoot or to prepare for an extended outing.  I am no different.  I noted that there was to be a clearing over the 3 Sisters on Tuesday after a cold front had moved into the area and fresh snow had been in the forecast.  I headed out for my favorite viewing area in the mountains just south of the town of Sisters.  When I arrived there were momentary bits of mountain peaking (no pun intended) thru the clouds but as soon as the top of one would show the others would be lost.  I waited for over 2 hours for the shot I wanted but it never really came around and the clouds just rolled in even thicker over the ridge top.

I decided to go down to to the Whychus Creek trail on a dirt road that I had never traveled.  It lead to a camping area and access to a very interesting portion of the stream.  I still have some images to look at and will certainly be back in the Color Season.

I decided to go back to the overview just to check and found to my delight the mountain view was mostly open.  So good to have patience and wait till nature gifts you.  Your comments are always welcome.


Backyard beauty

Was reading last evening on the back patio and noticed the setting sun glinting off the Calla Lily in the garden. Grabbed my camera and got the following two images.

I think I fixed the problem with not being able to look at images full screen when you click on them so if you are so inclined give it a go. Thanks for looking and I love having your comments.

The Magic continued

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.

Dogwood magic

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  in the latest issue of LensWork magazine.  Below is the magic I found this morning


Champion Creek

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.

Chuck Kimmerle

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

A Beach evening

After a very long time with no face to face contact with my sister and brother in law we finally met up at Cannon Beach on Monday. What a nice treat – long overdue. We have all been careful over the last year to stick with the Covid guidelines. Seems like those are finally relaxing and we took advantage of that condition to connect.

As I was driving over yesterday I listened to a Podcast featuring Brooks Jensen the publisher of LensWork magazine and a force in photography that I really admire.  He was talking about breaking out of one’s normal shooting patterns and especially avoiding what he called “Epic Images”.  He was a bit derogatory about those kinds of images however I think he was more indicating the kind of images that are taken by a line of photographers at some iconic vista that has been shot many many times.  So much so that the tripod holes are visible from past efforts.

After a day roaming the shops in town and a nice catch-up chat and a quick dinner I headed out to Arcadia Beach just south of town.  The first two images below are meant to be more intimate – the evening light across the small tide pools I found along the beach.

I watched the sun descend into the ocean and waited for a full on “Epic Image” almost to the last moment and I am happy with how this turned out. Made my way back up the beach and hill to the car thinking I had found some worthwhile images. Your comments are more than welcome.

Roman Nose Mountain

My friend Chris invited me along on an outing to Roman Nose mountain in the Oregon Coast Range. It was so much fun exploring a new-to-me area and piqued me for future visits. We found a small lake near the top and the reflections from the riparian vegetation were very interesting. Dropping down a mile or two from the top there was a clear overview looking east with the Cascades in the distance. Twas a really nice morning.

Reflection – Roman Nose lake
Roman Nose Overlook – looking east.

Comments are always welcome


I had my second Covid 19 shot yesterday afternoon and I fully expected to have a really rough day following it but save for a sore shoulder at the injection site I feel fine but very tired from a very restless night. Despite that I went out the a field by the Regional hospital to see if I could capture a sunrise. Have to admit that I had that old Cat Stevens song “Morning has Broken” running thru my head the whole time I was out there.

The image below was taken on my way back to the car. Always a good idea to look behind you as you are walking away. Love the color and the ground fog.

Comments are always welcome.