Living in the Pacific Northwest has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to explore and photograph the best that mother nature has to offer. Click on the individual images to enlarge.
Pacific Coastline - The shores of Oregon's Pacific coastline are among the most dramatic in the United States. This rugged coast is geologically young and has not yet been smoothed by erosion.
Mt. Washington -An active sheild volcano, Mt. Washington rises 2,376 meters above 75 square miles of lava-strewn plains. This is a geological wonderland which includes Belknap Crater, a 6,872-foot cinder cone. The Mt. Washington Wilderness is primarily used by hikers, climbers and hunters. There are 28 lakes hidden throughout this rugged terrain.
Autumnal Fungus -Thanks to Dan and Sara, I recently received more information about this beautiful mushroom. They identified it as Laetiporus sulphureus or the sulfur shelf aka "chicken of the woods". Thanks!
McKenzie Cascade - Originating from its headwaters at Clear Lake high in the Oregon cascades, the McKenzie is a swift, spirited river. Along its' journey the river carves beautiful formations through ancient layers of volcanic rock.
Forest Trillium - This genus is a very interesting one. Under great simplicity and conformity of habit, 3 leaves at the summit of a stem, supporting one solitary terminal flower which legend tells us blooms once every 7 years.
Clackamas Canyon Wall -The Clackamas river rocks and rolls through this magnificent canyon where some of the largest rapids in the Oregon Cascades can be found.
Linton Lake Mist - Linton Lake and Linton Falls are hidden deep in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The trail to the lake winds through heavily forested areas filled with large old growth timber and ancient lava flows.
Scotch Broom - Originally introduced as
an ornamental, Scotch broom was widely planted in Oregon
as a soil stabilizer. Scotch broom invades pastures, hillsides,
and road and utility rights-of-way. It has become a serious pest in replanted old growth logging areas.
Rogue River Gorge - Several parts of the Rogue river are now protected by the Scenic and Wild Rivers Act. The gorge is surrounded by Douglas fir, madrone, ponderosa and sugar pine forests. Located about 12 miles west of Crater Lake National Park, the sublime Rogue-Umpqua Wilderness provides many incredibly phenomenal hiking opportunities.
The Abert Rim - Located east of Plush, Oregon the Abert Rim is the largest exposed geologic fault in North America. It rises dramatically 2500 ft. above the desert floor and continues north for 30 miles.
National Creek Falls - Cutting through the scenic Hammaker Butte just north of the Crater Lake turnoff on Hwy. 230, this spectacular waterfall can be accessed by taking a short but steep trail.