Category: Cascade Mountains

Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake

Similar in name only, to the Crater Lake in the National Park in southern Oregon. Little Crater Lake is not in a crater and is not volcanic in origin. It was formed by an artesian well forcing its way through… read more Little Crater Lake

Calypso Orchids

Bunches of Orchids

The Calypso Orchid (calypso bulbosa) is a welcome sight. Seeing them as singles or small groups is common, this was part of a group of perhaps 200 or so. Due to the sensitive nature of the orchid, the exact location… read more Bunches of Orchids

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is one of my favorite parts of the state. If I lived nearby, I would be there “too much”, if that is a thing. The lake is one of several in Oregon that does not have a visible… read more Sparks Lake

Shelf Fungus

Fungi that feed off of a living tree have been reported to weigh as much as 300 lbs/136 kg. Most are poisonous and some are hard enough to fashion into jewelry or beautiful works of art. Certain varieties have been… read more Shelf Fungus

Salt Creek Falls

Salt Creek Falls

This 286 foot/87m picturesque cascade/horsetail combination waterfall is located just off of Hwy-58 several minutes (5mi/8km) west of Willamette Pass. There is a parking area and viewing area at the top of the falls. A well graded trail will take… read more Salt Creek Falls

Trillium Lake Fisherman

A beautiful scene with a man fishing from his one person pontoon boat on Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood in Oregon. Did you notice the kayaker on the right and the couple in the canoe on the left? Trillium lake is popular for camping,… read more Trillium Lake Fisherman

Three Sisters

The Three Sisters mountains from a remote road north of the McKenzie Highway, Hwy-242. The three sisters are very close and very different volcanoes. The North Sister is an extinct shield volcano, the Middle Sister an extinct stratovolcano, and the… read more Three Sisters

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

The Calypso Orchid (calypso bulbosa) is a welcome sight. They are common and yet elusive at the same time. They may be found in a forest park, ditch, along a stream or river, or even in the shade of a… read more Calypso Orchid

Sparks Lake Sunrise

Sparks Lake Sunrise

Taken at sunrise, near the Sparks Lake Campground, on a cold clear morning at 34f/1c degree morning in August. I find it hard to believe that some people were still sleeping in their tents and not seeing this. A fantastic morning…. read more Sparks Lake Sunrise

Salmon Berry

Salmon Berry

A delicious berry found along many streams and moist forest areas. When out taking photographs, hiking, or picnicking with the family, they are a welcome site. They are great made into jam or jelly, and are found in yellow (pictured)… read more Salmon Berry

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

The Douglas fir tree is extremely common in western Oregon. The tree can survive for several hundreds or perhaps a thousand years, with mature trees ranging from 100 ft/30 m to 320ft/98 m tall and up to 8 ft/2.4 m in diameter…. read more Douglas Fir

Clearwater Falls

Clearwater Falls

This 30 foot/9 meter cascade over moss covered rocks is at the end of a VERY easy walk from Clearwater Falls Campground just off of Hwy–138 east of Roseburg, Oregon. I love the moss covered cascading waterfalls and mountain creeks. One of… read more Clearwater Falls