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Single-image Sunday:   8 comments

Farm near the Ochoco Mountains, central Oregon.

Farm near the Ochoco Mountains, central Oregon.

Yesterday I finished the series of travel posts for the John Day region in Oregon.  So for today’s image, here is one of Oregon’s many great barns.  I captured this shot in the afternoon when the light was still quite harsh.  Normally I would pass it by because of the time of day.  But it pays to keep an open mind about time of day.  Here the colors were so vibrant I thought it was a worthwhile shot.

So after passing it by and thinking twice, I turned around and went for it.  I captured several angles, moving closer each time, both with and without a polarizing filter.  As often happens, I decided on the shot closest to my main subject, the barn, and selected a shot without polarizer.  Perfectly blue skies like this often end up with uneven brightness when you use a polarizer.  The wider the angle, the more uneven the color in the sky.  Please let me know what you think of the image.  Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Single-image Sunday: Smith Rock State Park   12 comments

This is Oregon’s favorite place for rock climbing.  The routes are rated up to 5.14, which is extremely difficult and for experts only.  But there are plenty of climbs suitable for novices as well.  A series of trails wind through the park, allowing hikers to watch these spider-men and women practice their sport.  The Crooked River zig-zags its way around the hard formations of volcanic tuff, a dense flow of ash dumped here by an ancient volcano.  Sometimes tuff can be fairly soft and friable, but this one is very strongly cemented.

I woke very early, and worried that the cloudy weather would prevent a good sunrise.  Rain moved in after sunrise, but at dawn the skies cleared enough for very pretty light to make its way into the canyon.  The cascading song of a canyon wren echoed its way up to me from the canyon as I captured this shot.  It was very quiet and beautiful, and the recent rains gave the sage and other desert vegetation a lovely scent.  Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend is going well!

Dawn breaks at Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon.

Dawn breaks at Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon.

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