Oregon

The Return of Star Guiding #astronomy

After 2 long seasons of being closed because of COVID, Pine Mountain Observatory is reopening to public tours this summer.  There is a change, however. Instead of being open every weekend, the observatory will be open two weekends a month.

That’s okay. There’s not much to see when there’s a lot of moon anyway. It was nice to see old friends and check out the new solar telescope.

It’ll be nice to spend a few nights under the stars, showing off the glory of the heavens to anyone who stops by my telescope. I knew I had missed giving star tours but hadn’t realized how much I missed the peace that the mountain always steeps into my soul.

It was nice to stand on top of the world again and breathe in all its beauty. Nothing brings a heart peace more than the bounty of nature.

 

 

 

Weird and Wild #Oregon : Flowers in the Desert #NaturePhotography

It’s nice to take a road less taken into the quiet and wonder this planet has to offer. From the road, it may all look uniform and bland, but if you take a turn and a stop to really experience a place, you can find unexpected pleasures. One of the most beautiful things about a place with no other people is the quiet. When it’s so quiet, you can hear the Earth hum, well, that’s special.

This little water hole had flowers growing in the water. Neat!

 

 

 

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.