Cascade Mountains

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

McCredie Hot Springs: Wonderful and Weird #Oregon #Explore

State Highway 58 is one of my favorite roads to explore in Oregon. It has lots of big, old trees and splendid sights.  One of the gems is McCredie Hot Springs along Salt Creek.

There used to be a resort hotel there that became a baseball camp and then a bordello. It burned down in 1958, and there’s litte sign it was ever there. The hot springs are still there, however, the views are stunning.

If you decide to try the hot springs, they can be very hot, so be careful. And, clothing is optional.