Weird and Wild #Oregon : Umpqua National Forest, The Forest Breathes #NaturePhotography #Explore

The Umpqua National Forest in the Cascade Mountains is one of my favorite places in Oregon. The trees are so big and so old. The forest is a balm to the weary soul.

The woods and mountains breathe with misty breath. What an inspiring place!

The woods are enchanting, filled with awe and magic.

Moss decorates this tree like tinsel.

A whole universe lives on this tree.

 

 

 

 

Weird and Wild #Oregon : Odell Lake #NaturePhotography #Explore #nature #photography

Diamond  Peak looms over Odell Lake in the Cascade Mountains. Sublime and serene, I found my happy place at this idyllic spot.

It’s one of the largest lakes in the Cascades and is home to several species of trout and salmon.

Odell Lake is managed as a trophy lake trout fishery. Two record-holding trout were caught in this lake. Best of all, the views are breathtaking and refresh the spirit.

 

 

 

 

Weird and Wild #Oregon: East Lake #Explore

East Lake is located inside the Newberry caldera. When a magma chamber collapsed, the caldera was formed and slowly filled up with water. East Lake is one of two lakes.  The water accumulated from snow melt, rain fall, and hot spring. The average depth is 67 feet.

It’s a tranquil and sublime spot. The geologic activity isn’t done either. The lake bubbles.

There’s boating and hiking and wildlife to discover in this wonderful place.

 

Weird and Wild #Oregon : Sea Lion Caves #animals

Sea lions are large and noisy creatures, but amazing to watch. A few miles north of Florence, Oregon, are the Sea Lion Caves, and definitely worth a visit.

The above statue is true to size. I was amazed at how they dwarf a grown man. What a treat to watch them and spend the day by the cool sea.

The species at the caves is the Stellar sea lion, one of the largest, and the cave is the largest in America. It’s part of a series of caverns open to the Pacific Ocean.

The sea lions can be viewed from an outlook. Even over 200 feet above, the sea lions can be heard (also the hella wind).

An elevator can be taken down to the largest cavern. It was a remarkable place to view wildlife in their natural habitat.