Photography

Weird and Wild Oregon: Picture Rock Pass #Photography

 

Picture Rock is between Summer and Silver Lakes in the Oregon Outback.

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The petroglyphs were left on this boulder were most likely created during either the Clovis Period (10,000 and 12,000 years ago) or the Stemmed Point Period  (7,500 to 10,000 years ago).

The rock wasn’t easy to find. In fact, without Google Maps, I doubt we would have. That’s a good thing, though. The harder it is to find, the more likely it is to be preserved. But it was worth the hunt.

I found this diagram on Wikipedia, which shows the carvings in clearer detail.

 

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Four arms? And, two of the figures have horns. It’s obviously either an alien or yeti attack, and the one dude is escaping on horseback.  What do you think it means?

 

 

Weird and Wild Oregon: Fort Rock #Photography #NaturePhotography

Fort Rock is the remains of an ancient volcano in the middle of Oregon. Dozens of sandals were discovered below a layer of volcanic ash that was determined to come from an eruption 7500 years ago.

50,000-100,000 years ago, the high walls of the old volcano marked the shore of a vast lake. The ground in the Great Basin is often silty/sandy, so that makes sense.

 

 

Weird and Wild Oregon: Umpqua Hot Springs #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty #nature

The Umpqua Hot Springs is an unexpected, almost alien landscape in the Umpqua National Forest. The hot springs overlook the North Umpqua River, cascading down the cliff in a natural terrace. Umpqua means dancing water, and the river below roars and races. It’s also very cold, running down from the mountaintops.

Each pool is a different temperature, and it’s unreal relaxing in a hot pool while gazing at the majestic river and forest. Fair warning: lots of naturalists like to visit the hot springs.

 

 

 

 

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!