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Three Finger Jack and Canyon Creek Meadow

Posted in Bend Oregon, cascade mountains, Large Format Photography, oregon cascades, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by btiguy

Debbie Emma and I recently enjoyed an overnight backpacking trip in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness area.  The trail is relatively short(about 5 miles round trip) and the scenery is stunning.  Emma was a trooper while Debbie and I groaned about pack weight.  Below is a shot of my girls shortly after entering the upper canyon creek meadowThe flowers in the lower meadow were a little bit ahead of their prime, but the area is beautiful nontheless.

Below is a shot of our campsite in the lower meadow with a nice view of Three Finger Jack.  

Upper Canyon Creek Meadow is much more alpine in nature and is generally considered to be more scenic, which makes it well worth the additional effort to get there.  While the upper meadow is stunning, camping there is discouraged due to heavy use, instead backpackers are encouraged to camp in the lower meadow and day hike up to the upper meadow, sparing it from extra wear and tear associated with overnight use.  Because of the heavy snow pack from last winter, the flowers in upper meadow are still a bit early, but there were individual groupings that were quite exceptional.  Below is one of my favorites.  Mountain Heather in the foreground, Indian Paintbrush in the midground, backed by the impressive Three Finger Jack photo.

Three Finger Jack and Mountain Heather

Three Finger Jack and Mountain Heather

The next couple weeks should continue to be quite beautiful  in the upper meadow with thousands of lupines preparing to bloom.  Below is one last image, a wider spread featuring Indian paintbrush, yellow buttercups and Three Finger Jack.

If you’re planning a trip to Canyon Creek this year, make it soon!


Columbia River Gorge/ Tom McCall Preserve

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2008 by btiguy

On the weekend of May 10, Emma and I decided to visit our good friends, the Reitz’s in Hood River,Oregon.  Unfortunately, Momma Reitz and Joe and Jill were out of town, leaving my good friend Max as the only one left in the household.  The weekend was wonderful.  Emma and I got up early and shot at Tom McCall Nature Preserve in the Gorge, near Rowena.  The light was good for Macros, but not great for more expansive landscape shots.   Several other photographers were at the preserve that morning, shooting and enjoying the scenery. One of the several other photographers I met there, Kim, was nice enough to take some shots of Emma and I and forward them.  He has an attractive website,  which you should visit if you like landscapes and flower photography.  Emma, through her mother’s genetics prefers to sleep in and on this morning we had to wake at about 4:30 to arrive before sunrise.  I knew she would be cold, so I brought my orange down jacket, which she fondly refers to as “The Great Pumpkin”.  She predictably got cold so I zipped her up in the great pumpkin and she was instantly comfortable.  Comfortable enough to fall asleep in the middle of the meadow.  Several fellow photographers visited to chat and see my large format camera, and they never even knew she was there beside me because her head was tucked inside the pumpkin, making for a very cute photo.

The next day, Max, Emma, and I visited Fairy Falls , also in the Gorge area and took the following Photo. We had a great trip and as always, It was great to see our friend Max and to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge in the spring.  the Columbia River Gorge is filled with beautiful waterfalls.  To view some beautiful images of them, Oregon Waterfall photos.

John Day/Painted Hills

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2008 by btiguy

The painted hills unit in the John Day area of Oregon has been a favorite of photographers since its discovery because of its stunning colors and other worldly scenery.  I’ve been there many times.  Some visits were more successful than others, but one particular shot that I’ve obsessed over has eluded me for quite some time.  In early may, in certain years, yellow flowers bloom in the folds of the painted hills, creating a stunning extra element to what would otherwise be an attractive scene.  Well, this was one of those years. I left Bend early on a May 30th to scout the painted hills.  To my excitement, the chenactis and golden bee plants were blooming just as I’d hoped.  The ranger, Scott, a very nice fellow, said it had been five years since they had bloomed in the folds of the painted hills.  He even promised an up close guided tour of the hills if I returned that evening, so I returned to Bend, and returned later that evening, with My wife Debbie and daughter, Emma.  I was fortunate enough to capture this image of blooming bee plants in the grooves of the painted the next morning. It was truly a privilege to get such wonderful access to such a special location.  Below you’ll find several other shots from the same trip that I’m excited about.