I thought this windmill at Fort Rock would make a good candidate for showing three ways to process a photograph. I used the photographic effects in Corel PaintShop Pro 2021. This picture was taken at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum in Central Oregon. Prior to trying other effects, I decreased the brightness by 4 … Continue reading Windmill at Fort Rock: 1-to-3 Photo Challenge
This interesting collection of framed arrowhead art is on display at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum. The obsidian used to make much of this art exists throughout parts of Central Oregon. It is abundant at Glass Buttes . Big Obsidian Flow, (shown here) at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, contains 380 million cubic yards of … Continue reading Arrowhead Art at Fort Rock: Monochrome Monday
I’ve featured several outdoor photos taken in and around Fort Rock, but now you’ll get glimpses indoors at the Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum. Many of these historical buildings were moved here from nearby. The homes and businesses are furnished as they would have been in the early 1900s. This is a place where history … Continue reading Indoors at Fort Rock: LAPC
Looking up while looking back These images from Fort Rock, Oregon focus on looking up. In this photo you see what a town from the early 1900’s may have looked like. Buildings were moved to this site to create the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society Homestead Village Museum. Each building is decorated with artifacts so … Continue reading Looking up at Fort Rock: LAPC
A sky streaked with clouds frames Fort Rock, rising from the sagebrush sea in central Oregon. This is the view from a cave where ancient sandals made from sagebrush were found. Sandals and other artifacts found there were determined to be 9,300-10,250 years old. Walking from the cave back towards the mountain, you can almost … Continue reading Looking back to Fort Rock
Looking out of the mouth of the Fort Rock cave at the Sagebrush Sea, one can only imagine the thoughts of those that lived there thousands of years ago. Sagebrush sandals, found inside Fort Rock Cave, were determined to be 9,300-10,250 years old. These sandals are the oldest ever found in the world. A small … Continue reading Inside Fort Rock Cave: Signs of ancient past
The year is 1905 and you have traveled thousands of miles across the country. You spot a fort-shaped rock formation in the distance and know you are finally close to your destination. A sage thrasher perched atop sagebrush seems to be singing its melodic song to welcome you. As you draw closer, you see several … Continue reading Fort Rock Attractions: History & Geology
When I drove the highway west of Cody, Wyoming, I saw stories unfolding in rock formations along the road. The short paved trail in the photo below takes you to a place of wonderment along the North Fork Shoshone River. Stories unfolding from a distance The rock formations along the ridgetop are a village of … Continue reading Stories unfolding in the rock in Wyoming: LAPC
Rockridge Park, in northeast Bend, is a nice place for walks and more. Bend Park and Recreation preserved features of High Desert habitat in this 36-acre park and added a few unique activities. It’s one of 82 parks in the city. You’ll see a “forest” of juniper tree trunks near the small parking area. This … Continue reading Rockridge Park – Trails & More: LAPC
An amazing example of petroglyphs can be seen on the road into the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Wow! I have seen petroglyphs before but never so many in one spot. There are more than 650 drawings on Newspaper Rock at this state historical monument. The dark desert varnish provides a nice … Continue reading Newspaper Rock – Ancient Messages in Stone
I saunter along distant trails, not knowing what wonders nature will share with me. Will falling water sing between rocky cliffs? Will earth show its origins in the soil? Will wind turn wheels of history over parched plains? And when I return home from distant trails, will fireworks light the skies? Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC) … Continue reading On distant trails: LAPC, WWP, & SS
Here’s a sepia tone view of Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum in the Oregon Outback. Twelve buildings built in the early 1900s were moved to this site. It’s one of my favorite roadside attractions in Central Oregon. Monochrome Monday
softness in the skiesadrift over layered tuff ring,white veils eclipse sun Skyscapes from Fort Rock, Oregon. Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Soft Sunday Stills – Things that are white
I like using digital magic to bring out the best in my photographs before I post them. I use Corel PaintShop Pro, a less expensive alternative to Photoshop. Clean up an image This is a slide I kept in my tent during fieldwork and tiny spots of mold had grown on it. They couldn’t be … Continue reading Using digital magic to edit photographs: LAPC
Halters & bridles on display at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum in Fort Rock, Oregon. Monochrome Monday
Living in the past at Fort Rock, Oregon. Monochrome Monday
It’s time once again for fun with photos. Welcome to Photo Bloopers 4! This is what I do with pictures that don’t quite fit in or turned out weird looking. They needed a few words to make them more interesting. Hope they entertain you!
Last week I helped preserve a bit of the desert, one acre at a time. Sometimes it isn’t apparent how your $$$ help a cause. When you donate to conserve.org, you can see your money in action. Making a difference For only $46 per acre, you can help the Oregon Desert Land Trust purchase part … Continue reading One acre at a time: On the Hunt for Joy Challenge
A collection of different types of barbed wire on display at Fort Rock, Oregon. Monochrome Monday
Sometimes I look at layered rock formations and imagine stories within the layers. This formation at Fort Rock looks like the giant prow of a ship bursting through the cliffs. A closer look shows where the water levels were before the ship drained the basin.
Magic in the windPushes whirling windmill bladesCreating power Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Magical
Catlow Cave artifacts, including sagebrush bark sandals, grass & bark baskets, and arrowheads & spearpoints, are displayed at the Harney County Historical Society Museum in Burns, Oregon. There are a couple pointed sticks that may be “knitting needles”, used to knit the sagebrush bark together. These cave artifacts are between 9,000 to 10,000 years old. … Continue reading Catlow Cave Artifacts: Monochrome Monday
Old bits & spurs from days gone by live on in this collage at Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum. Monochrome Monday
I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen. Bob Dylan Here are few clouds in my sky from the last year’s worth of Lens-Artists Photo Challenges. These pictures were taken in Eastern and Central Oregon, my favorite country. Enjoy their many moods.
Old wagon wheels of time at Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum, Oregon. Monochrome Monday
“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” e.e. cummings At this time of the year, I often think of harmony in nature. Every time I go outside, I hear the songsters of spring. Here are a few local songsters whose voices and plumage are … Continue reading Harmony in Nature: Songsters of Spring
The curving road Here are some curving roads to various scenic destinations in Oregon. When you’re driving down the road you never know what sights you’ll see just around the bend. What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains. … Continue reading The Road To… Oregon: LAPC
The desert produces a profusion of colorful wildflowers at certain times of the year. Here is a stunning penstemon plant inside the Fort Rock volcanic tuff ring.
At this time of year, mule deer are migrating and breeding in Central Oregon. Your best chances of seeing this nighttime-feeding deer are in the early hours of the morning or in the late evening. On a chilly November morning, High Desert Museum Curator of Wildlife, Jon Nelson, led a group of people eager to … Continue reading Mule Deer Field Trip near Bend, Oregon
I saw this scaly lizard crawling along the rocks at Fort Rock, Oregon. It crawled up to see me at eye level. Maybe it was trying to intimidate me by pretending to be Godzilla (?) There were lots of colorful lichens on the rocks surrounding the lizard as it surveyed me. Weekly Photo Challenge – … Continue reading Lounge lizard on lichens
This western kingbird distracted us while we were on a field trip looking for Swainson’s hawks and ground squirrels. Their bright color and bold personality forces you to take notice of them. You can see part of Fort Rock in the background on the left. To learn more about the cave with ancient artifacts near … Continue reading Kingbird surveying his realm