Broken Snow Sparks

Broken Top Mountain blanketed in a fresh blanket of snow, only the second or third covering this year, reflected in the mix of ice and water of Sparks Lake.

For you mountain fans, to the left of this view is South Sister, to the right is Mount Bachelor.

Broken Snow Sparks

After a long weekend in Bend, Oregon, where Goddess and I attended a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course called Wilderness First Aid (WFA), we took the long way home.  Bend is only about 3.5 hours from our house, but it took us about 8 hours.  The snow here at the summit of Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway that had fallen over the weekend had turned to ice, so the going was slow for a few miles.  But more than anything, we took many a side trip for different views and experiences.  Our only disappointment of the whole drive was that the north entrance to Crater Lake was closed due to the snow, so we didn’t get to see the lake on this trip.  Sure we’ve seen it many times, but have yet to see it from the north side when the rim and surrounding mountains are covered in snow.

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I mentioned the WFA course.  It’s a course I cannot recommend enough to everyone.  The focus is on first aid issues in the wilderness, but it’s info that is equally useful in an urban setting.  You might be able to find one near you either through your parks & recreation agency or through REI.

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Loops

Walking along the McKenzie River Waterfalls Loop Trail, between Koosah and Sahalie Falls, I quickly peeled off of the trail to set up my tripod.

Goddess asked what I was doing, since there was nothing to shoot there.

You would think she would know by now.

There is always something to shoot.

I found the tumbling rapids enchanting.

Loops

Why “Loops” for a title?

The traces of water drops just left of center (as well as upper left) reminded me of a phenomenon on the sun that we had to report, back when I lived in Western Australia and got paid to observe the sun.  What a gig!

Technically speaking, the phenomena is a coronal loop (click those words to get a full description).  But when we reported it, they were simply loops.

This post is appropriate to what Goddess and I will be doing in a few hours.  We’ll catch a quick evening nap, then head out on the road at midnight.  We’ll be driving up to Crater Lake to enjoy the late night, watching the full moon, the stars and the Milky Way, then the sunrise and moonset.  With the lake as a reflecting pool.

Hopefully a great way to start our Monday.

Maybe a picture or two will come out.

Perhaps even a print.

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

Proxy

Another waterfall image, this time of Proxy Falls, found deep in the Three Sisters Wilderness, next to the McKenzie Highway in Oregon.  Just 10 miles or so from this image, which you might recall.

What makes this fall unique is that after it pours a hundred feet or so down the side of a mountain, the water collects in a pool.

There is no visible outlet to the pool.

It all drains through the bottom of the collecting pool, only to reappear several hundred yards down the mountain.

It is an amazing phenomenon to ponder, especially realizing how many hundreds of gallons pour over these rocks every minute.

Proxy

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a nice waterfall just to the west of Bend, Oregon.

Goddess and I made the drive up on a sunny Sunday morning before leaving Bend.  It’s at the end of a dead-end road, but at the focal point for outdoor adventure.  Never mind the dozen or so road cyclists we passed on the way out, each turnoff had several cars with bike racks for those headed off to the trails or to fish the pristine water.

In other words, my kind of place.

I’m just working on convincing Goddess that it’s her kind of place too.

Although, with scenes like this right out the back door, I don’t think there needs to be much convincing.

Tumalo Falls

For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.