The central Oregon Cascades, encompassing several volcanic peaks and wilderness areas, is an active outdoor person’s year round playground. In the late spring through early fall, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, canoeing, rafting, paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, rock hounding, golfing, camping and sightseeing are readily available……In the winter months there is skiing, both down hill and cross country, snow mobiling, snow boarding, snow shoeing, sled dog rides, ice skating, hunting and fishing. Any time of the year can make for some excellent photography…The town of Bend, Oregon, with a population of about 100,000, caters to all of these activities plus a variety of seasonal community based activities, fine restaurants, shopping, lodging, parks and entertainment. Just outside of Bend is ranching and farming, state and national parks and wilderness. There are few places which offer so much so close by…..
Oregon’s Smith Rock area, about an hour north of Bend in the central part of the state, is a rock climber’s mecca. It is also very photogenic with its massive tall outcroppings and the winding Crooked River meandering through the valley floor. Morning light is appealing and there are few people there, though by late morning the place is quite active with rock climbers and sightseers….
Smith Rock is, like so many geologic features in the area, the result of volcanic activity in the past. Smith Rock is considered one of the 7 wonders of Oregon….
Crater lake is a beautiful place. Crater Lake use to be Mt. Mazama, a volcanic peak in height equal to Mr. Rainier to its north in Washington and Mt.Shasta to its south in California. Crater Lake was formed about 7700 years ago when an enormous volcanic eruption of Mount Mazama emptied a large magma chamber below the mountain. The fractured rock above the magma chamber collapsed to produce a massive crater over six miles across. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake. With a depth of 1932 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. and the seventh deepest lake in the world.
I only had a few hours there and drove around the lake taking pictures at a time of day when the lighting is generally considered the poorest, morning and late afternoon being considered much better times, in terms of photographic lighting. But, still, the weather was great, and it was fun….