This shot was taken in late May of 2014 in the Alvord Desert of Southeastern Oregon. The Alvord Desert in an ancient lake bed that measures 6 miles by 12 miles and sits as an elevation of 4000 ft and is at the base of Steen's Mountain, which can be seen off in the distance along with the setting sun.
I'm not sure where I was exactly when I took this, but it was quite beautiful. The rhododendrons are really blooming right now. What you don't see in the image is the photographer behind the camera spazing out trying to swat the massive horde of mosquitoes away...
This old rundown shack lies just outside of Canby Oregon. The fog on this February morning in 2015 gave me just the feel I was looking for with this shot. I've driven by here many times just waiting for the right conditions.
These are the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds. The colors and textures here are almost unreal with the layers of exposed clay infused with different minerals. That addition of wild flowers blooming in the creases and hillsides were an added bonus to this beautiful place.
If you do visit here or any of the other places within the John Day Fossil Beds be sure to stay on the designated trails. Some of the surfaces are very fragile. It was sad to see some of the Painted Hills and the Painted Cove marked up by foot prints of inconsiderate people.
I spent the last two days meandering around parts of the John Day fossil beds with my friend Scott. I have the sunburn to prove it as the weather was very warm and sunny. The exposed land features out there are other worldly. In this photo is Blue Basin from the 3.25 mile hiking trail that will take you around the perimeter of the Blue Basin giving you a birds eye view of the land formations and the John Day River Valley. The hills are made of volcanic ash that has turned to clay stone which has eroded over a bajillion years.Many fossils have been found here. The brilliant blue color is from the help of mineral deposits that leached into the soil.
I was hoping to get some pictures of the stars and possibly the milkyway while in Central Oregon over the weekend, but as it turned out there was a full moon. So I packed up my gear and headed over to the Blue Basin in the John Day Fossil Beds to see how they would look lit up by the moon light, and they did not disappoint.