Category: Central Oregon

White-faced Ibis

These two were spotted in the Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Threatened years ago, the white-faced ibis has made a remarkable turnaround. Like many birds, their egg shells were so soft after exposure to the pesticide DDT the parents would crush… read more White-faced Ibis

Balancing Rocks

This place used to be amazing. A forest fire burned down the pine tree forest, and then partying students ruined it. Erosion over thousands of years left these boulders balancing on volcanic tuff columns. The area was known, but to… read more Balancing Rocks

Sleeping Deer

We slowly passed by these two sleeping deer… Somehow they didn’t wake or run when we saw them. Be very quiet when looking at this photograph, please let them sleep. Download HD Wallpaper

Stein's Pillar

Steins Pillar

Steins Pillar stands 350 feet tall, towering above the meadows and ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees below. Named after Major Enoch Steen, a misspelling took hold and we have Steins Pillar. It is a remnant of valley full of ash… read more Steins Pillar

Osprey

Osprey

This photograph of an Osprey was taken over Smith Rock State Park, just north of Redmond, Oregon. Smith Rock State Park is considered the birthplace of modern sport climbing. The park contains the first U.S. climb rated 5.14C (Pro level). There… read more Osprey

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

Sometimes called a pronghorn antelope, it is not a true antelope. It is the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae. As a member of the superfamily Giraffoidea, the pronghorn’s closest living relatives are the giraffe and okapi. Widely considered… read more Pronghorn

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Northeast of Christmas Valley, the natural sand dunes cover 11,000 acres/45 km2. They consist of mostly pumice and ash from the explosive eruption of Mt. Mazama that formed Crater Lake. The easy way to get there: Take Hwy-97 south from… read more Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Aspen and Ponderosa

Aspen and Ponderosa

Along the road into Black Butte Ranch, near Sisters, there is a grove of aspen trees. Since the area is also home to ponderosa pine tree, an interesting mix can occur. Download HD Wallpaper Location via Google Maps

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

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Viewed from Hwy-140 between Klamath Falls and Lakeview in (very) southern Oregon. Not typically seen, especially from a road/vehicle, this was a surprise.

How Many Deer?

How Many Deer?

How many deer can you see? Taken from Hwy-19 between Fossil and Kimberly in eastern Central Oregon. Most people think of green forests and rain when they think of Oregon. Central and most of Eastern Oregon is not that. The… read more How Many Deer?

Central Oregon Valley

Central Oregon Valley

A Central Oregon valley as viewed from highway 27 South of Prineville. Download HD Wallpaper