Cirrus clouds over a country road : Monochrome Monday

These cirrus clouds stretched across the sky over a country road in Bend. Monochrome Monday

High Desert Clouds-Clogyrnach Poem: LAPC

High desert clouds fill the dawn skyGraceful brushstrokes conceived to flyDrifters over earthInterspersed cloudburstsDusk desert, glowing high Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Inspiration Weekend Sky #36

Day breaks and clouds wait: LAPC & Sunday Stills

Day breaksAnd cloudsWait to reflectNature’s glow Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC) – Morning Sunday Stills – Mother Nature

Watching & waiting for clouds: LAPC

Watching & waiting for clouds Turning the sky into a color collecting kaleidoscope Expressing their thoughts with fiery punctuation

Clouds in my sky: LAPC

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.

Unusual Clouds Above Bend : LAPC

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again. Ram Charan We have many beautiful sunrises and sunsets here in Bend, Oregon. Sometimes the unique colors and forms of the clouds are totally unexpected and they’ll take your … Continue reading Unusual Clouds Above Bend : LAPC

Dense Clouds

Dense clouds in the sky can be seen as an excuse to feel sorrowful and gloomy or an opportunity to reflect back a glow of happiness and joy. Weekly Photo Challenge – Dense

Dissipating clouds: Remembering the pronghorn

Sometimes you can be trudging along with a little dark cloud hovering over your head and you almost walk by something intended for only you to see. I had one of those moments years ago at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. I had been doing research there and often saw pronghorn on sagebrush covered hills … Continue reading Dissipating clouds: Remembering the pronghorn

Clouds

Clouds… Obscure what was once clear Release things that burden them Blanket the cold nights Shine brightness on what’s to come Surround us in the divine

Following fall close to home: LAPC

Sometimes you experience memorable moments by following fall close to home. I’ve made a special effort to capture glimpses of the season in photographs this year near my home in Bend. Fall is my favorite season! Autumn weather brings cloudy skies and spectacular sunrises that take your breath away. Trees don their finest fashions and … Continue reading Following fall close to home: LAPC

Observatory of the Past: LAPC

This observatory of the past is on McKenzie Pass near Sisters, Oregon. Dee Wright Observatory was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to showcase the human and geological history of this location. The round tower sits atop a small hill. Here’s what it looks like when you approach it from the west. It’s … Continue reading Observatory of the Past: LAPC

A desert wander discovery: WPW

On a desert wander, clouds fill my head. A scrub jay calls to me in its raucous voice and my attention shifts. I stumble over a rock, plain and gray. The rock beckons me to pull it from the sandy soil. Just a rock, I think. Dark and hardened, like my thoughts. It’s stuck fast … Continue reading A desert wander discovery: WPW

Do you wonder when you wander?: LAPC

Do you wonder when you wanderWhere the path will lead? Up to mountains,Where scattering clouds reveal the peaks of possibility? Down to deserts,Where sandstorms expose the color of earth’s soul? Over to ocean shores,Where waves create cryptic messages in the sand? Through dense forests,Where trees of different character stand together as one? Do you wonder … Continue reading Do you wonder when you wander?: LAPC

Portraits of creatures in different light: LAPC

In these portraits of creatures, the lighting is a major part of the scene. In the first picture, a family of Sandhill Cranes struts across a meadow in the morning light. The lead bird, in the strongest light, keeps an eye out for predators. In the next photo, a bull elk grazes in a grassy … Continue reading Portraits of creatures in different light: LAPC

Pretty as a picture in the West: LAPC

Sometimes you visit places where the landscapes are pretty as a picture. Here are a few places I’ve visited in the western states that feature picture postcard views. I tell a tiny tale about each of them. Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain, Oregon is full of drama. A giant serpent tunneled through here leaving scales … Continue reading Pretty as a picture in the West: LAPC

The Mountain from above: Cellpic Sunday

In Washington State, locals call Mt Rainier The Mountain. When clouds fill the skies and you catch a glimpse of her, people say, “The Mountain is out!” I took a quick trip up to Seattle this weekend and had a picture perfect view of Mt Rainier from above. What a gorgeous sight! Cellpic Sunday

Movin’ down the road in Harney County, Oregon: LAPC

When you travel the backroads in this part of the country, it’s not uncommon to see cattle herds movin’ down the road guided by cowboys. We saw a couple cowboys on horseback moving this herd near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see dust clouds long before you see the animals. The cattle often stop in … Continue reading Movin’ down the road in Harney County, Oregon: LAPC

Symphony in the skies: Monochrome Monday

We witnessed a symphony in the skies over Shoshone National Forest. Spectacular cloud formations and landforms are common sights near Cody, Wyoming. Dramatic wispy clouds such as these often fill the skies. Monochrome Monday

Warner Wetlands-Wonderful throughout the year: LAPC

The Warner Wetlands of south central Oregon are beautiful throughout the year. I dug into my archives to find photos taken long ago there, supplemented with a few recent ones. You can view wispy sunsets over the wetlands in the summer. Moody cloudscapes over them in the spring. Snow and ice covering them in the … Continue reading Warner Wetlands-Wonderful throughout the year: LAPC

Volcanic views from Lava Lands: Pull up a Seat Challenge

I recently hiked the Trail of Molten Lands at Lava Lands Visitor Center and paused to take in the volcanic views. The center is located within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a place with many recreational opportunities. I took these photos from the Phil Brogan Viewpoint. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Bachelor, … Continue reading Volcanic views from Lava Lands: Pull up a Seat Challenge

Spectacular sights seen in blue & green: LAPC

I’ve been out and about more recently and photographed several spectacular sights seen in blue and green. I thought the pictures deserved a story, so I made up a tiny tale to go with each one. At a virtual conference I attended yesterday, I learned a “micro-story” is a form of flash fiction with 300 … Continue reading Spectacular sights seen in blue & green: LAPC

The Hoodoos – A story in 47 words: LAPC & WWP

Walking among the hoodoos in the morning light, feeling out of my element. Sculpted towers surround me, casting tall shadows. Their wind-carved faces turn towards the sun, until clouds block their view.

Softness in the skies haiku: LAPC & SS

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

Steam-filled Yellowstone landscapes: LAPC

During the chilly winter months, I sometimes think of the steam-filled landscapes of Yellowstone National Park. I wish I had a natural hot spring in my backyard. The thermal activity beneath Yellowstone is always producing steamy white clouds. This view is from the Artists’ Paint Pots trail. Lots of contrasting colors and great views of … Continue reading Steam-filled Yellowstone landscapes: LAPC

Struck by Lightning – Bye 2020!: TTL

I’m representing my feelings towards 2020 by showing it being struck by lightning. Yes, there were some great moments, but I’m glad to be saying bye to this particular year. See how all the other western juniper trees around this tree are thriving? Can you see the sliver of blue in the distant sky? Once … Continue reading Struck by Lightning – Bye 2020!: TTL

My Mount St. Helens Adventure: FOWC

On May 18, 1980, a trip to help band golden eagles at the Yakima Canyon in eastern Washington turned into an unexpected Mount St. Helens adventure. The adventure begins I was part of the Young Adult Conservation Corps, working for the Washington Department of Game in Olympia, Washington. We spent most of our time in … Continue reading My Mount St. Helens Adventure: FOWC

Camp Hart Mountain: Monochrome Monday

Camp Hart Mountain was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and operated from 1937 to 1941. Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge , established in December of 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, helped protect pronghorn antelope. The CCC crew stationed at Camp Hart Mountain helped with many projects such as building roads, stringing telephone … Continue reading Camp Hart Mountain: Monochrome Monday

Flying Saucer Cloud: Monochrome Monday

I saw this flying saucer cloud hovering near Steens Mountain a few days ago. I see why lenticular clouds, like this one for example, are often called UFO clouds. Monochrome Monday

Desert Path to Chimney Rock: LAPC

Ancient trees direct An ensemble of moist clouds Over the desert Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Path

The Toad Queen: FOWC

Emerging from the earth The Spadefoot Toad Queen The ground trembled beneath a stunted sagebrush shrub. The Toad Queen emerged from her burrow to a changed world. Clouds of smoke hung over the land from a wildfire. The spadefoot toad gazed at this new world through golden slitted eyes. Sand tumbled down her spotted back. … Continue reading The Toad Queen: FOWC

Soft sights at Sunset Lake: LAPC

A harsh landscape with soft edges There are many soft sights to see in Yellowstone National Park’s harsh environments. Soft and steaming mist drifts over Sunset Lake. Soft puffy clouds float over rounded hills in the distance. The colors along the shorelines blend softly into one another giving the lake its name. To me, it … Continue reading Soft sights at Sunset Lake: LAPC

Pronghorn herd in the High Desert

Last fall, we saw a pronghorn herd on the drive to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southeast Oregon. This herd consisted of about 100 bucks and does. You can see Hart Mountain peeking out in the distance. A storm was moving in. Here are pictures of the storm as it developed. Storm Clouds over … Continue reading Pronghorn herd in the High Desert

Storm over Hart Mountain

Last week  when I visited Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, a threatening looking storm was moving in. Dark clouds temporarily blotted out the big blue sky. We didn’t stay long on this primitive dirt road near refuge headquarters. When the roads there get wet, they can turn into a muddy gumbo that makes it hard … Continue reading Storm over Hart Mountain

Utah National Parks: Trees & Rocks

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Structure. I immediately thought of our recent trip to the five national parks in Utah. The structure of the rocks and geological features is complimented by the trees in these parks. Whether dead and twisting, or green and contrasting, the trees are a main character in an interesting … Continue reading Utah National Parks: Trees & Rocks