Monday, January 14, 2019

Week #3 P52

For the third week of my personal P52 for 2019, I photographed my first still life in weeks, maybe months.  (I need a studio!)  Setting up this still life, I used an "antique" book, definitely "antique" spectacles, and a dried rose from a few summers ago. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Starting a new P52..two weeks late

For 5 years, I participated in Kent Weakley's P52 Challenge.  It involved posting one choice of photo each week for a year; at the end of each year from 2011-2015, I ordered a book of the 52 photos.  Mr. Weakley ended his blog challenge in 2016, and I ended my annual photo book creation.  I've decided to do my own P52 Challenge for 2019, starting just a bit late. My first post will include two photos.

Week #1   A drive across Cricket Flat north of town last week resulted in this image of a split rail fence piled in snow.

Week #2  I love photographing trees, and I have several "favorites"--they are quite close to home. This particular one is about 25 miles from home, in the valley where I grew up.  This tree once had a huge wooden barn standing close to it, but that collapsed years ago.  I love how the cattle provide scale for this giant pine tree. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Truly Miscellaneous

I'm behind with my monthly blog this one is a mix of photos without a real theme.

 A road on the south side of Cricket Flat outside Elgin, Oregon...from the east toward the west, looking toward the Blue Mountains

Whitetail does 
A dry leaf on a formidable thorn bush
 The road into the wilderness
 Baker County....and the magnificent Elkhorn Mountains (east side)
 I think this is the "other" side of the Elkhorns as seen from Sumpter
 An "oldie" near Sumpter  
 This beautiful buck was herding a harem of does
 Back to my "back yard"...and the Grande Ronde River at the edge of Elgin
 Another trip to the summit of the Blue Mountains on Hwy 204
 Snow "fall" pretty as any waterfall

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Signs of Winter

It's too early...for winter, that is. We've had snow on Halloween various years, but this year it was rain that stopped right in time for trick-or-treaters to begin their fun evening.  The following week, the weather turned cold with lows in the 20's at night and highs in the 40's during the day.  We knew that elevations above 4000 feet had snow, but it wasn't on the valley floor yet.  It was my idea to take a drive at 2 in the afternoon, thinking we would drive into the mountains a short distance and then go back home.  Just 13 miles west and then north from home on Hwy 204 over the Blue Mountains is Summit Road, #31--"National Forest Primary Road (suitable for passenger cars)", according to the Umatilla National Forest map.  The road runs south in the mountains ...the range that includes Mt. Emily, a 6000+ mountain that dominates the west side of the Grande Ronde Valley. Eventually, the road turns southwest and finally exits at I-84, several miles out of La Grande.

"Suitable for passenger cars" is a little generous; I've seen cars up on Mt. Emily, but we always drive a pickup.  It didn't take long to find snow; in fact, we were in snow on Tollgate before we turned off of 204.  But it's also the end of elk season, so the main road and the spur roads have all been traveled.  There were campers and tents in various locations that are in view of the road.  Our "short drive" turned into "the whole enchilada."  Above 4000 feet, there was snow and it was cold.  Our "short drive" turned into 3 hours, extended partially by stops for photos.  At the end, I was really happy that we had made the trip.  No doubt, it won't be long before the Summit Road will be snowed in, and will be accessible only to snowmobiles.

 Summit Road at the intersection with Hwy 204
 The scenery was immediately wintry, although there were still fall leaves on some of the trees.

  The yellow in the landscape are the tamarack trees

 At one point, the Grande Ronde Valley is in view...seeming so far away.  Mount Harris is across the valley.
 Much of the road is "interior," but here it is close to the edge with the Grande Ronde Valley below.
 This tree is one of my favorite landmarks, in any season, but this was my first view of it in snow.
Descending from the "summit" and the snow, the road winds through fall-like landscape and down to the valley.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Different Direction

Although I live in NE Oregon, I'm not in "the corner."  Wallowa County, on the other hand, IS in the corner...I grew up there.   What we consider the real "corner" of the county is actually to the Wallowa Lake.  We always say "up," but I guess south should be "down." Anyway,  Wallowa Lake is an absolute jewel tucked up against the amazing Wallowa Mountains aka the Eagle Caps. The Wallowa River comes out of the mountains, runs through the state park, and into the lake. It runs for more than 50 more miles northwest through Wallowa County until it joins the Grande Ronde River on the Wallowa-Union county line.  Back to the origin:  Wallowa Lake.
 View of the lake from the foot (north) end

 The Wallowa Lake Highway runs along the east moraine, the remains of a massive glacier.  (I had a college professor tell my class more than 50 years ago that it's "the most perfect moraine in the world."  Over the years, the moraine has been the subject of preservation discussions, and so far, has been protected from development.
 At the south end of Wallowa Lake is the Oregon State Park.  Entrance to the high mountains is obvious here.

 The south end of the lake (north end of the park) features a forest of deciduous trees. The park itself is forested with evergreens.
 View from the south end of the lake.
The Wallowa River runs through the Wallowa State Park and into the Lake where it starts its journey.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Orange (with some yellow) is the New Black

Wow!  Orange was everywhere out north this year!  Aspens that have always been yellow were bright orange. I had never seen them that color before.  These photos were taken on private land and land within the Umatilla National Forest.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Traveling North Again

Just north of where I live is part of the Umatilla National Forest; roads wander here and there, crossing county lines.  Recently, my husband and I took a drive which was essentially a "loop" into some territory I hadn't seen before.  (I've lived here almost 45 years, but there are still places I haven't been.) Although the temperatures have cooled considerably, it is still very dry.  But there is something special about being able to drive "into the woods."

This canyon must have a name, but I couldn't find it on the map.  It's fairly deep. 

I love the look of young Tamarack (Western Larch) trees; they are bright green in the fall landscape. Soon, they will turn yellow and drop their needles, unlike any other conifer. 

The road looks smooth...but it's gravel and and it's rough in many places. 

A terrific view to the south: Mt. Harris (5000+ feet) on the left, Mt. Emily (6000+ feet) on the right, and Pumpkin Ridge in the right center.  This land formation separates Indian Valley, where I live, 
from the huge Grande Ronde Valley to the south. 

Lookingglass Creek is the home of the Lookingglass Fish Hatchery

 The Grande Ronde River, which is very low at this time of year. 

From the river to Cricket Flat is a gradual climb.