Oregon Trip – Day 2 – Crater Lake

It was my intent when we started the Oregon trip to take time every single day to blog. I reasoned that there was no better chance to catch the details than right at that exact moment. As the date on this post amply testifies that totally different happen. So I guess I’ll have to plumb the depths of my recollection and try to reconstruct it. Perhaps it will find itself sanitized by the effort.

On day two we pried ourselves out of the sumptuous accommodations of the downtown Portland Motel 6 and headed south. This is the part of the trip where one is still acclimatizing oneself to the fact that the place you’re in is ludicrously scenic. Sometimes you stop along any cut-out in the road and spend 2 hours being in awe only to realize over the next several days that the whole damn state is equally as scenic or better. We did this in Arizona too hiking towards some massively interesting rocks for hours only to finally move on and realize that they were tiny compared to the rest.

In Oregon it was the Umpqua river that first caught our attention on this day.

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Trees + Rocks + Water… I’m not sure it gets any better. The math works out magically.

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Eric was fairly impressed.

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One thing that Eric and Laura spotted that I breezed past were these Horsetails. In Indiana we see these just as denuded stems but in Oregon they grow in a wonderfully Jurassic pattern.

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Yeah…. just yawningly cool.

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And there are people who can come and see this every flipping day. Good lord.

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Oh to be a bird… even a turkey buzzard… with a camera, of course.

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One could really get lost in these winding tributaries.

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At places like this one feels lucky to be able to see into the cross-section of the forest. It’s like slicing open a kiwi.

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The road is certainly a long and surprisingly straight one in many places.

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I remember this point in the trip. It was the point in which I suddenly realized that I was stupid for not packing warmer clothes. We stopped briefly at Diamond Lake which apparently resides in a totally different season of the year from the rest of the country.

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So… Crater Lake… yeah, try as I might, photos just won’t cover it.

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There’s just so *MUCH* of it. Perhaps it’s the sheer size and the realization that a few steps forward and you could plummet to an icy death.

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Plenty of life in this chilly spot though.

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From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

And so ends, more or less, Day 2. The next day we make our way to the sea.

8 Comments

Filed under Landscape photography, nature Photography, Oregon

8 responses to “Oregon Trip – Day 2 – Crater Lake

  1. Lovely! I have to say that has been one of my favorite trips – Oregon is amazing and Crater Lake breathtaking. Wonderful images!

  2. What beautiful photography!

  3. breathtaking, thank you for sharing, great photographer!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. A photographer’s dream trip by the looks of it!
    Wonderful, cracking pix Rob.

  5. Gorgeous! I’m from Oregon, and looking at these pictures helped me feel “home” again! Thank you!

  6. Wow, my fav is that twisted tree on the rocks!

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