The end of autumn. The rain and the wind have arrived, the colorful leaves are fallen and fading. Beautiful in a different way now.
Earlier this fall a friend posted a photo on Facebook of vine maple trees on the shore of Clear Lake up in the Cascade Mountains. The trees were vibrant with fall color and the wonderful blue-green color of the north end of the lake added to the beauty of the scene. I knew the area where my friend’s photo was made, so on the next day with suitably overcast weather I headed up to the McKenzie River Trail for the [read more …]
Mention any place in Oregon you visited with “Waldo” in the name and anyone who knows the central Cascades will ask, “How bad were the mosquitos?” Waldo Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Pacific Northwest, with water purity matched only by Crater Lake, is notorious for the hordes of mosquitos that have spoiled many a summer camping trip or hike at the lake. Naturally, the mosquitos don’t limit themselves to Waldo Lake, and are thick throughout any [read more …]
Oregon became the 33rd of the United States on February 14th, 1859. To celebrate the day I’ve put up a little slideshow on my website with photographs that show some of the reasons that I love living here. Click on that link for a better, larger view of the photos. If you’re an Oregon lover too, please share the show, and leave a Comment with your favorite thing about this great state.
As it does every year, the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Highway 20, commonly known as the North Cascades Highway. This incredibly scenic road is the most northerly route through the Cascade Mountains in the USA. Winter storms dump a lot of snow in this area, and there is a high danger of avalanches in several spots along the highway. The road will stay closed until enough snow melts to lessen avalanche danger and make it possible [read more …]
Autumn just may be the very best time of year for landscape and nature photography in Oregon. Every region of the state boasts locations with vivid fall color. As a bonus, the season for prime color is spread over a period of a couple of months, depending on elevation and region. Vine maples kick in with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as early as late August in the high Cascade Mountains, while in the Columbia River Gorge the colorful foliage [read more …]
Yesterday I drove Oregon Highway 58 up into the central western Cascade Mountains and found that the fall color is fantastic right now. Plenty of golden bigleaf maple and vine maples with foliage ranging from lemony yellow to reddish-orange. The autumn color is great all the way from Lookout Point Reservoir up to Salt Creek Tunnel, just west of Willamette Pass. Google Map This part of the Willamette National Forest ranges from about 1000′ to 4000′ elevation, and based on [read more …]
Washington may be The Evergreen State, but it also has some wonderful deciduous trees with leaves that turn glorious shades of yellow, orange and red each autumn. Great fall color can be found in every region of the state, from the coast to the Idaho border and from the Columbia River Gorge to Canada. Here, in no particular order, is a selection of some of the best places to view and photograph fall foliage in Washington. 1. Washington Park Arboretum [read more …]
I am very pleased to announce that I won both Bronze and Gold awards in the Society of American Travel Writers annual Bill Muster Photo Competition. The Muster Awards honor the very best in travel photography, and I’m happy to be a winner again this year. Laceleaf Maple tree in Autumn This photo of a Laceleaf Maple tree in brilliant fall color won the Gold Award in the Natural Scenic category of the Muster contest. The photograph was taken in [read more …]
A very scenic drive on Forest Service roads in the Umpqua National Forest will take you to a trio of waterfalls between Cottage Grove and Oakridge, Oregon. I found conditions for photography just about perfect the other day for waterfall photography, with soft light overcast light and good water flow in the creeks thanks to recent rains. To add to the attraction, there is still a bit of fall color left in the lower elevation areas on the west side [read more …]