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Phantom Ship, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Phantom Ship, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
   


Nice Sunset over Sparks Lake and South Sister, mid-summer 2013 Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Rainbow Sunset from high in the Cascade Mountains Oregon
   


Rainbow Sunset from high in the Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Rainbow Sunset from high in the Cascade Mountains Oregon
   


Scott Lake, North Sister and Middle Sister, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Scott Lake, Canoe, North Sister and Middle Sister, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
   


North Sister and Middle Sister with Lava flow on Mckenzie Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

North Sister and Middle Sister with Lava flow on Mckenzie Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
   


Scott Lake, Canoe, North Sister and Middle Sister, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

North Sister and Middle Sister with Lava flow on Mckenzie Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
   


North Sister and Middle Sister with Lava flow on Mckenzie Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

North Sister and Middle Sister with Lava flow on Mckenzie Pass, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
   


Sparks Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Sparks Lake, Cascade Mountains, Lava Rock, South Sister near Bend Oregon
   


Sparks Lake, Sunset, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Sparks Lake, Sunset, Cascade Mountains, Lava Rock, South Sister near Bend Oregon
   


Sparks Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Lava Rock, South Sister, Sparks Lake, near Bend Oregon
   


Sparks Lake, August 2013

Sparks Lake near Bend, Oregon
   


Kayaks at South Beach, Elk Lake, Oregon

Kayaks, Elk Lake, Oregon
   


Canoeing on Sparks Lake, with South Sister in the background, Cascade Lakes, Oregon

Canoeing in the Cascade Mountains Sparks Lake Canoe, S. Sister, near Bend, Oregon
   


Wildflowers and Crater Creek, Broken Top Mountain, Cascade Mountains, Bend, Oregon

Wildflowers Broken Top Mountain Crater Creek, Bend, Oregon
   


Mid-August, Crater Creek and Wildflowers. Indian Paintbrush, asters and monkeyflowers, Crater Creek, Broken Top Mountain, Bend, Oregon

Wildflowers Indian Paintbrush Crater Creek Broken Top Mountain, Bend, Oregon
   


Sunrise, South Sister and Broken Top Mountain, sunrise reflection in Sparks Lake, August 2013

Sparks Lake Sunrise and wildflowers and lava rock, Bend, Oregon
   


Broken Top Crater. Crater Creek on Broken Top in mid-august leads you up though fields of wildflowers. Here we are near treeline at the gates of the crater.

Sparks Lake, Sunset, Bend, Oregon
   


Sparks Lake, Sunset, Bend, Oregon June 15, 2013

Sparks Lake, Sunrise, Bend, Oregon recreation upper Descutes River volcano
   


Sparks Lake and South Sister, Sunrise

Sparks Lake, Sunset, Bend, Oregon
   


South Sister and Broken Top Mountain, Sunset reflection in Sparks Lake, June 15, 2013

Sparks Lake was formed about 10,000 years ago when lavas from the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain blocked the upper Deschutes River. The spectacular setting - a memorialized favorite of the late, acclaimed, landscape photographer Ray Atkeson - is dominated by South Sister towering to 10,358' elevation, Broken Top to 9,175'.

Sparks Lake, Sunset, Bend, Oregon
   


Mountain view of Sparks Lake and Broken Top Mountain near Bend, Oregon

Sparks Lake, Broken Top, Oregon
   


Mt. Bachelor and wildflowers in the meadow at Sparks Lake, early June, 2013

Steamboat Creek, Oregon
   


Sunset, South Sister and Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Sunset, Pink, Red and Magenta sky over Crane Prairie Lake, Oregon
   


Steamboat Creek, Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Steamboat Creek, Oregon
   


Pelican, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Pelican, Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Lakes, Oregon
   


Osprey, Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Osprey, Crane Prairie Lake, Oregon
   


Spring green colors and a bit of a rainbow at Salt Creek Falls, Willamette Pass, Oregon. At 286 feet, Salt Creek Falls is the second highest waterfall in Oregon.

Salt Creek Falls, Willamette Pass, Oregon
   


Juvenile Bald Eagle, Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

juvenile bald eagle Crane Prairie Lake, Oregon
   


Pelicans, Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Osprey, Crane Prairie Lake, Oregon
   


Pelicans at Crane Prairie Lake, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

South Sister and Middle Sister with pelicans over Crane Prairie Lake, Oregon
   


April 20, 2013 South Sister and Broken Top from Mt.Bachelor, Oregon

South Sister and Broken Top from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


April 20, 2013 South Sister from Mt.Bachelor, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

South Sister from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


April 20, 2013 - South Sister and some lovely powder skiing through the forest at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

South Sister and nice powder spring skiing from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


April 20, 2013 The Sisters from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

The Sisters from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


April 20, 2013 The Sisters and Broken Top Mountain. From Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

Broken Top mountain and The Sisters from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


Fresh Snow At Mt Bachelor. April 14, 2013

Frost on trees Snowy trees Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


Fresh Snow At Mt Bachelor. April 14, 2013

Frost on trees Snowy trees Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


Fresh Snow At Mt Bachelor. April 14, 2013

Frost on trees Snowy trees Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


February 24, 2013 Broken Top Mountain, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Broken Top mountain from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


Broken Top Mountain, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Broken Top mountain from Mt. Bachelor Oregon
   


Odell Lake, Diamond Peak, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Odell Lake and Diamond Peak Winter Oregon
   


Bald Eagle over Diamond Peak, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

Bald Eagle flying over Diamond Peak and Odell Lake Oregon
   


Top of the mountain, Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Grand Targhee Snowboarding Wyoming Skiing
   


Late December, 2012 The snow is getting deeper on Willamette Pass and around Odell Lake. This is Trapper Creek entering Odell Lake. In the background; Eagle Peak at Willamette Pass Ski Area. Cascade Summit, Oregon

Interesting side notes on Trapper Creek and Odell Lake: The Odell Lake bull trout population is the one remaining, natural, adfluvial population in Oregon. Odell Lake was physically isolated from the Deschutes River Basin by a 5,500 year old lava flow which impounded Odell Creek and created Davis Lake, the Odell Lake bull trout population was cut off from the Deschutes river population at that time. What's left of the population of native bull trout in Odell Lake, which may be only 20-50 adults, spawn primarily in the lower reaches of Trapper Creek, making lower Trapper Creek an area of high interest. Non-native species introduced to Odell Lake including lake trout, brook trout and kokanee drastically limit the bull trout's reproductive success.

Trapper Creek Willamette Pass Eagle Peak Odell Lake
   


January 1, 2013 Before sunrise, the first light of dawn illuminates the pinnacles of the Broken Top Mountain cirque on a very still, cold and clear winter morning.

Broken Top Cirque winter morning from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
   


January 1, 2013 Three Sisters and Broken Top Panorama from Mt. Bachelor at Sunrise, Cascade Mountains, Oregon

South Sister and broken top from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
   


December 9, 2012 South Sister from Mt. Bachelor at Sunrise, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
This is the South Sister of the Three Sisters volcanos. The Three Sisters are the centerpiece of a region of closely grouped volcanic peaks all of which exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. The Sisters were named Faith, Hope, and Charity by early settlers. South Sister, also known as "Charity," is the youngest and highest volcano of the trio.

South Sister from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
   


December 9, 2012
Sunrise and Clearing Storm, Broken Top Mountain, Cascade Mountains near Bend, Oregon
View into the glacier cirque and couloirs of the southeastern side of Broken Top on a beautiful morning.

Bend Oregon Skiing Broken Top Mountain Mt. Bachelor
   


Trapper Creek entering Odell Lake. In the background; Eagle Peak at Willamette Pass Ski Area. Cascade Summit, Oregon

Trapper Creek Willamette Pass Eagle Peak Odell Lake
   


#2269 Wasatch Mountains, Utah Panorama
This photograph is from the top/backside of peak 9990 at The Canyons ski resort at Park City, Utah and shows a nearly 180 degree view across Big Cottonwood Canyon. On the left are parts of the Brighton and Solitude ski resorts. Wolverine Cirque, Honeycomb Canyon and Devil's Castle at Alta behind, Silver Fork with Mt. Baldy at Alta, Hidden Peak, American Fork Twin Peaks and the Tramway at Snowbird visible in the back. Then Days Fork, Flagstaff peak, Cardiff Fork and Superior Peak, Cardiac Ridge, Dromedary Peak and the Salt Lake Twin Peaks on the far right.

This image was created by stitching seven separate photographs together and so could be printed extremely large and still have amazing detail up close. Someday I'd like to print one of these fifty or one hundred feet long. The aspect ratio is about 12:1, so a print 12 feet long would be 1 foot high, 24 feet long = 2 feet high. I can think of many ways to display such an image, how about wrapped around an entire room or down the length of a big hall? This is one for a creative and imaginative person. Please contact me for pricing of a custom print of this image or ideas for mounting and or displaying it.
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Wasatch Mountains Panoramic
   


Ski Tracks in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains, Cardiff Pass, Superior Peak, Alta, Utah
Cardiff Pass is one of the most accessible places to ski the backcountry in the Wasatch Mountains. Starting at the Alta ski area it's an easy climb to Cardiff Pass. From Cardiff Pass you can continue to the top of Superior and ski Cardiac Bowl, if you're so inclined. Longer tours over Cardiac Ridge and into Mill B South fork and Lake Blanche often start here.

Superior Peak Alta Utah Cardiff Pass Ski Tracks Skiing Skiers
   


Winter Forest, Willamette Pass, Oregon

Black and White Photograph Winter Scene Forest Trees Fir, Oregon
   


Willamette Pass Ski Area and Diamond Peak, Cascade Mountains, Oregon
Diamond Peak is a shield volcano and is older than the last ice age but probably younger than 100,000 years. Snow fields in the northern cirques may have been glaciers as recently as 100 years ago.

Willamette Pass Ski Area Willamette Pass Cascade Mountains Diamond Peak Oregon
   


November 3, 2012 Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Latourelle Falls Columbia River Gorge Oregon
   


November 3, 2012 Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge Oregon
   


November 3, 2012 Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Elowah Falls Columbia River Gorge Oregon
   


November 3, 2012 Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Elowah Falls Columbia River Gorge Oregon
   


Steamboat Creek, October 21, 2012

Steamboat Creek Umpqua National Forest
   


Steamboat Creek

Steamboat Creek Umpqua National Forest
   


October 20, 2012 Steamboat Creek
Steamboat Creek is a tributary of the North Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon. It's about 20 miles long and is a series of pools and small waterfalls along the entire length. It's a remote part of the upper North Umpqua river in the Calapooia Mountains west of the Cascade Range. The North Umpqua and its tributaries are renowned for prolific runs of summer steelhead, including a high percentage of native fish. This is late October and I could see large schools of salmon (steelhead?) in the pools along the length of the creek and attempting to jump the small waterfalls.
Steamboat Creek has been closed to fishing since 1932. The watershed of the creek was extensively clearcut during the late 1950s and 1960s until forestry practices were changed. The recovery of the river, including the anadromous fish population is closely monitored as a test case for riparian habitat management.

Steamboat Creek Umpqua National Forest
   



Steamboat Creek, Oregon, autumn 2012. This is right after a few days of rain, the first rains of the fall and it seemed a magical evening as a fog was rolling down the river. My camp was less than 100 feet from this spot.

Steamboat Creek Umpqua National Forest Oregon
   



Canton Creek - A tributary of Steamboat Creek.

Steamboat Canton Creek Umpqua National Forest Oregon
   



Canton Creek - A tributary of Steamboat Creek.

Steamboat Canton Creek Umpqua National Forest Oregon
   



Another view of Bandon beach, Oregon from this past summer.
The beach at Bandon is dominated by these seastacks. North and south of Bandon are unbroken stretches of beach that go on for miles and miles.

Bandon Seastacks and Beach Summer in Oregon
   



Also from this past summer. Starfish, seastacks and beachcombing the tidepools at low tide on Lone Ranch Beach near Brookings, Oregon.

Bandon Seastacks and Beach Summer in Oregon
   



Autumn sunset reflection of South Sister in Sparks Lake, Oregon.

 South Sister Sunset Sparks Lake Bend Oregon
   



October 6, 2012 North Sister and Middle Sister from the summit of McKenzie Pass.

 Lava North Sister Middle Sister McKenzie Pass Oregon
   



October 6, 2012 From the summit of McKenzie Pass a 65 square mile lava Flow stretches in all directions. Mt. Jefferson, McKenzie Pass, Oregon

 Mt. Jefferson Lava Flow McKenzie Pass Oregon
   



October 6, 2012 Lava Flow and Mt. Washington from McKenzie Pass, Oregon
The dead trees that are so abundant in the lava flow around McKenzie Pass seem to be a topic of some speculation. It seems many trees got a foothold and then most of them died for some reason. Perhaps a few years of drought or temperatures that were abnormally cold caused the die-off. Many younger trees are now growing up around them.

Mt. Washington Lava Flows McKenzie Pass Oregon
   



October 6, 2012 McKenzie Pass, Oregon. North Sister and Middle Sister, Lava Flows.

United States Flag McKenzie Pass North Sister Oregon
   



September Fly Fishing on Sparks Lake with Broken Top in background.

Fly fishing Sparks Lake near Bend Oregon
   



Sept 16, 2012 Sunrise and smoke from the Pole Creek fire, Sparks Lake.

 Pole Creek fire sunrise Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   



Sept 16, 2012 Cranes, Sparks Lake and smoke from the Pole Creek Fire.

Cranes at Sparks Lake Mt Bachelor Oregon
   



Kayak, Sparks Lake and South Sister, Oregon
I've been to Sparks Lake a few times this summer. I camp one or two nights and mostly concentrate on photographing at sunrise and sunset. There are really fabulous places to camp right there and what a spectacular place to shoot. Being out there at sunrise and sunset also gives the best opportunities to see wildlife. Herds of deer can be seen walking across the shallow lake to graze on this grassy island.

Kayak on Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   




Canoe, Sparks Lake and South Sister, Oregon

Canoeing on Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   




Woman on a paddle board, towing a dog, on a rubber raft, naturally.
There are also great campsites on Sparks Lake if you go down to the south end of the lake, that's where they are going.
It can be quite a zoo at Sparks Lake during the height of the summer. What a great playground.

Paddle board on Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   




kayak, Sparks Lake and South Sister, Oregon

Canoeing on Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   




Fishing from a canoe, Sparks Lake and Broken Top.
This little fishing hole is right at the boat ramp. They seem to be pulling a lot of nice trout out of there.

Canoe fishing on Sparks Lake Broken Top near Bend Oregon
   



September 15, 2012 Spectacular Sunset over Sparks Lake and Broken Top Mountain, Oregon

Red Sunset Colors Sparks Lake South Sister Broken Top Oregon
   



Kayaking on Sparks Lake at sunset. Sparks Lake is about 25 miles from the town of Bend, Oregon. The mountains and lakes and the Deschutes river account for the popularity of Bend as a destination and a place to live for people who are persuing an outdoor lifestyle. World class snow skiing at Mt. Bachelor, river running, mountain biking, easy access to the Cascade Lakes, to mention a few of the things that make Bend so attractive.

 kayaking sparks lake near Bend Oregon
   



Sparks Lake, canoes and kayaks. Sparks Lake is the north end of a series of lakes known as the "Cascade Lakes".
Some of the Cascade Lakes are Elk Lake, Lava Lake, Hosmer, Crane Prairie, etc. This is the headwaters of the Deschutes river.

Kayaks and canoes on Sparks Lake South Sister near Bend Oregon Cascade Lakes
   



June 30,2012 Falls Creek. Falls Creek is just North of Sparks Lake on the trail to Green Lake and the three Green Lakes.

Kayak on Sparks Lake South Sister Oregon
   



Deer, Sparks Lake.

Deer Sparks Lake South Sister near Bend Oregon
   



Osprey with fish. Crane Prairie.

osprey with fish Crane Prairie Oregon
   



Geese and Pelicans, Crane Prairie Lake.
Crane Prairie is a lake/reservoir, one of the "Cascade Lakes".
All of the Cascade lakes are well populated with all sorts of waterfowl.

Geese and Pelicans Crane Prairie Oregon
   

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