Category: Central Oregon

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is near Mt. Bachelor and the South Sister (the mountain in the photograph) in central Oregon. This photograph was taken shortly after sunrise on a just above freezing, perfect August morning. I can almost smell the cutthroat trout over the campfires. The lake… read more Sparks Lake

Girds Creek Road

Girds Creek Road

A fantastic drive through the rocks! This hidden gem is north of Mitchell in Central Oregon (perhaps Eastern Oregon at this point…). From Hwy-26, exit at Mitchel taking Hwy-207 North until you see Twickenham Road to the left. Twickenham Road… read more Girds Creek Road

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

I remember the first time I saw this waterfall. I came up to the viewpoint and said “WOW”. Tumalo Falls is a 97 foot/30 meter waterfall only 14 miles/23km from the city of Bend in Central Oregon. The three mile/five km… read more Tumalo Falls

The Painted Hills

Painted Hills

The Painted Hills, a unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, get their name from the stratifications in the soil. The bands are from layers of silt, vegetative matter and more from the time this was an ancient river… read more Painted Hills

Fort Rock

Fort Rock

The Fort Rock State Natural Area is located SE of Bend in Central Oregon. It is a ”Tuff Ring” or ”Tuff Volano”. The ring is about 4,460 feet / 1,360 meters across and about 200 feet / 60 meters high. It was… read more Fort Rock