Cascade Mountains

Weird and Wonderful Oregon: Salt Creek Falls #photography #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty

Salt Creek Falls is the 3rd highest waterfall in Oregon. Salt Creek is a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Along this creek are some stunning views with cascading waterways, towering trees, and dizzying mountain peaks.

The creek was formed during the last glacial period and has hot springs closer to Eugene. Oregon loves its geothermal activity. Ancient and current volcanoes are the story of the state.

Salt Creek Falls is also one of a handful of nesting sites in Oregon for the Black Swift, a unique and mysterious bird. You can learn more about them HERE.

The best thing about weird and wild Oregon is there is always a photography opportunity.

Weird and Wild Oregon Nature Photography

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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.