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.


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.


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.

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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.

Wizard Reflection

A wider view than last, capturing the gorgeous blue water, shallow along the shore of Wizard Island.

Wizard Reflections

And while that water looks tropical, I seriously doubt that it is, considering the lake is fed only by snowmelt every spring.

But you can swim in that hole, like these folks did.

Or you can swim across the entire lake.  Twice.  Like these folks did.

Mount Scott Reflections

If last night’s view of the Northern California coast doesn’t work for us, this is always 90 minutes away.

Mount Scott Reflections

Goddess repeated several times “How is this even real?”.  She was awestruck by not only the scenery, but the natural colors, especially in the rocks.

And the water.  Oft cited as the most pure water in North America, the deep blues here are impressive.  But the turquoise blues in the shallows around Wizard Island (foreground) are astounding.  Perhaps a pic will follow…

Bellagio Waterfront

The afternoon before and across the lake from yesterday’s post.

Bellagio, Italy, located at the tip of a peninsula jutting into Lago Como, holding a point to separate two large legs of the lake.

It is a beautiful little place.

Even in decidedly unfriendlier weather.

Bellagio Waterfront
Bellagio Waterfront

We could stay there.

Although we were glad that it is the off-season.  The vast majority of the shops were closed, as the owners were on their own vacation after a long summer of what has to be a crazy, crazy season.

And the thoughts of that are enough to keep us away.

Even with the supposedly tantalizing thought that George Clooney is like George Washington here, but instead of sleeping at each establishment, apparently Clooney drinks coffee at each one, based on the pics on the walls.


Black Sky

I’m always amazed at the power of a red filter at high altitude.

Black Sky

Yes, in this digital age, the red filter was applied in post-processing.  But the effect was no different than 20 years ago, putting that same red filter over the lens and burning through roll after roll of B&W film.

And the occasional roll of color slide film too.

Just for fun.


Elf is the little character that found the truffles that we found so amazing.

Elf is a Lagotto Romagnolo, aka Romagno Water Dog, a breed of retriever.  At two years old, Elf is just a pup and had the energy and focus of one.  But Elf was definitely a work dog that loved what he was doing.


An impish little bugger, Elf was more than happy to snatch a bite of a truffle that he had discovered, or a whole one if his owner wasn’t paying too close attention or was far enough away to not reach him in time to save it.

Expensive Scooby snacks, to be sure.

Floral Wheel

I loves me some bikes.

All shapes and sizes.

All types and purposes.

They can be beautiful works of art.

I’m sure owner of the beauty kept a close eye on me.  Even though it was locked.

But it could have been better.


Although the wicker basket was amazing!

Bamberg, Germany.