Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Kinds of Eastern Oregon

People who live on the west side of Oregon often believe that Eastern Oregon is just a desert.  Part of that is true, but here in the NE corner, we have amazing mountains and forests. They're "dry," when compared to the rainy forests on the west, but they are truly beautiful.  On a 3-hour drive to Idaho, I witnessed a fabulous range of landscapes..from the small valley I live in, through the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley, and to the wide open Baker Valley, before climbing up to the amazing desert landscapes crossing into Idaho.

There was a rain and snow storm over the Elkhorn Mountains to the west of Baker Valley

On the floor of Baker Valley, fall foliage is blazing. 

This could be Idaho or Oregon

This must be the Snake River which runs south-north not far from here and forms the border between Oregon and Idaho

Rolling dry hills

Back in the Baker Valley with the Wallowa Mountains to the east at sunset

West of the Baker Valley, the sun sets in clouds above the Elkhorn Mountains


Bridget Larsen said...

You live in a glorious place

Rosie Grey said...

What a beautiful region, Evelyn - this is definitely on my travel wishlist!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous photos. I am so eager to traipse through your little paradise you have up there, one day.


Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful place to be, Evelyn.
These views are simply gorgeous.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oh my I know where I neeed to go on my next vacation! What beauty and I had no idea Oregon has such a vast array of differing terrain. Had to catch up on the shots below too....all beauties of course. You need to give Mr. Kitty some snacks:)

Anonymous said...

What fabulous scenic shots these are, Evelyn!