Run Away With Me – Crater Lake National Park

Missing

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone missing, just been side tracked here lately.  Trying to start a few projects, and been working on tidying up the website for a possible overhaul to the design.  Anywho, I’ve been slacking on the posts, so the next weeks I promise to get caught up.

*Run Away With Me // Crater Lake NP, Oregon*

Sometimes a good clear sky sunset is a welcome change from dramatic clouds and color. It takes some of the pressure off, and I feel more at ease with nature. There is a serenity to following the stars, a calm that comes from being alone in the dark. In these moments your eyes begin to really see the wonders of the sky.

 

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That Moment

North To Alaska

Heading back up tonight.  I’ve got high hopes for this weekend, and maybe even a bit during next week.  I also want to spend some time in my image library, doing some house cleaning.

*That Moment – Trillium Lake // Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon*

There’s a certain mystery to the pre-dawn hours, and I find myself more and more drawn to them. Before I begin to ramble, perhaps a quote would best fit my thoughts:

“Life is flowing and continuous, it’s full of crossroads, tributaries, and sudden bends. To live is to travel, and navigable space attracts us. We want to follow the road or the river to find out what lies around the next bend or over the next rise. The mere fact that they exist seems to tell us that we should follow them. No one has ever lived our lives before us. This moment we are in a space and time that have never been traveled. Many past events prepared us for this moment, and we may often feel as though we were following a track that has been laid out for us, but at other times we feel as though we were strapped to the nose of a rocket, plunging through space where no one has ever been. Then, at times, we become one with our path, immersed in our lives unquestioningly. This is the condition we prefer, when the river that leads us through life simply flows.”

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The Waves Came In

Puffins

Last weekend Britta Emily and I went to Cannon Beach again, in search of Puffins. We managed a sighting, but I definitely realized that we’re going to need to go a little further for closer contact. Alaska or Iceland? Don’t mind if I do.

*The Waves Came In – Haystack Rock // Cannon Beach, Oregon*

It’s amazing the number of ways to try and display this beautiful place. It’s also pretty nice to be an hour drive away.

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Lost in the Night

Alone

It’s very interesting being truly alone.  Not very many places can you be in such a vast area with no one near by.

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*Lost in the Night – Alvord Desert // Princeton, Oregon*

While I’ve been to many remote places, the Alvord desert either was, or at least felt like it was, one of the remotest. We set up camp somewhere in the middle of the 7×12 mile wide playa, a remnant of the alkali Alvord Lake which once covered the area.

One thing you’ll notice right away is how big the sky is, and at night it fills with stars beyond belief. Not a light on the horizon to be found.

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In Bloom

Wildflowers

This is a whole new ballgame for me.  They are surprisingly challenging and interesting to try to capture in an image.  I’ll keep practicing though, don’t worry 🙂

*In Bloom – Horsethief Butte // Washington*

Just getting in to the swing of this wildflower thing, but it’s been pretty fun getting to know all the different finds you’ll come across in the gorge, from raging waterfalls to delicate flowers, all with the Columbia River and majestic Mt. Hood in the distance.

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