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Milky Way overhead!  I couldn’t resist one more shot from my recent short but sweet trip to the Painted Hills and John Day region of eastern Oregon.  The night skies were outstanding.  I could even see my own shadow on the ground by the light of our home galaxy.

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Posted June 29, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This is a homestead on Pine Creek, near Clarno, Wheeler County, Oregon.  This is an area I’m quite familiar with, having worked there at Hancock Field Station with OMSI for those three seasons.  It seems like so long ago now.  It’s the most genuine of place I’ve ever lived, and I’ve lived in a few like Elko, Nevada, and La Grande, Oregon.  There’s not much more than cattle ranches there, with a few buckaroos to spice things up at the Shamrock in Fossil on a Saturday night.  But it’s really the way that nature takes more of a front seat, due to the lack of people, than in our developed environments.  I love that.  It seems much more balanced, where people are part of things, but don’t predominate over animals, plants, the stars at night, an undammed river.  The John Day runs through this country, and was dropping from flood stage when I visited.  There was actually more tourists in the area than at any other time of year.  June, with several biker tours & rallies, along with fisherman and others who know this is the best time to boat the class II/III river.  The tiny town of Mitchell seemed absolutely crowded in fact.  How funny!  It’s one of my favorite areas of Oregon, possibly the favorite.

Posted June 29, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A short trip (3 nights) over to Wheeler County, OR (the state’s least populated county), where I used to hang out working with OMSI.  Mitchell & Fossil, the Clarno Basin, and the Painted Hills, among other wonders, occupied a long weekend.  I slept very little, since I shot at mornings, then again very late.  These long days near solstice aren’t exactly made for sleeping.  And as well, I shot some starscapes, further robbing me of sleep.  I hiked and explored during the day, leaving about 4 hours for sleeping.  I didn’t eat much either, because my propane wasn’t working in my van.  It was photography, pb & j sandwhiches, water & energy drinks.  What more does a guy need?  Oh yeah, a small furry companion (who ate better than I did).

Posted June 28, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I think this is one of the coolest wild flowers that grows around the Pacific Northwest.  This one had the perfect curled petals that characterize the flower, and was growing in one of those rare open areas on the mostly forested Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.  The hike is called Wygant, and is just west of Hood River.  It is not a well-traveled trail at all.

Posted June 23, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A gorgeous day today.  I went out to play with my horses, then on the way back I spied fields of chest-high lupine in full bloom, and just had to spend a time walking through them and of course photographing them.  An hour later, I noticed the light changing as the sun sank to the horizon.  Mt Hood presides over this Christmas tree farmland.

Posted June 22, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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The day ends on a very promising note, as I return along the Columbia River in the western Gorge, just east of Portland.  One has to stop at a safe spot along I 84, then scramble down to the river bank to try and get a view through the trees that line the bank and generally obscure the view.  But what a peaceful view.

Posted June 21, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I ran out to the western Columbia River Gorge late this afternoon.  Thank God for June’s daylight.  I wanted to try out my new camera pack, a Clik-Elite.  I stopped at the Wahkeena Falls trail and was going to leave Charl (my little furry buddy) in the truck.  But he seemed pretty jazzed to hike, so I took him.  We stopped at Faery Falls, a very pretty cascade about a mile and a half up the trail.  Took quite a few shots here, then back down at the river after sunset I stopped along the freeway and got a few very peaceful shots of the Columbia at dusk.

Posted June 21, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A lone building pokes up from downtown as viewed from Portland’s famous Rose Garden.  There’s a reason Portland is so green (that is, rain).  Notice all the greenery with no foreground roses.  Well, that’s because only around 1/3 of roses are in bloom right now, even though the Rose Festival just concluded.  Yeah you could say our season has been a bit tardy this year.

Posted June 19, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I spent a rainy afternoon at Portland’s Rose Garden, where the drizzle was fairly warm but otherwise reminescent of winter rains – steady and light.  It was a struggle to keep my camera dry for awhile, but then the rain tapered off and what was left was nice even light and simply a wealth of gorgeous water droplets on the blooms.

Posted June 19, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This is Eagle Lake in northeastern California, north of Susanville.  It is one huge lake, with great fishing.  It’s also a very quiet and peaceful place.  I stopped here on the way down to Reno on my motorcycle.  I camped at the BLM campground, ate dinner at a nice little lakeside resort called Spooner Landing, and met several locals (who had the requisite quirky interesting personalities). 

Posted June 15, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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