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New Fine Art Oregon Landscape Photography at the Bend Fall Art Hop

I’m excited to announce that I will have a few new Oregon Landscape Photographs available to the public for the very first time at my usual art haunt, Pandora’s Backpack (the Patagonia Store) on Bond Street in downtown Bend, Oregon.  Art Hop should kick off at about 5pm and should wrap-up at about 9pm.  If any of you are in the vicinity, please stop by, say “Hello” and check out my new work.

Below is one of my new images which will be unveiled.  It features Three Fingered Jack Mountain in the Central Oregon Cascades and a beautiful little alpine stream.

Photograph of Three Fingered Jack Mountain in the Central Oregon Cascades.

Photograph of Three Fingered Jack Mountain in the Central Oregon Cascades.

Lots of alpine wildflowers, live water , a cool local mountain, early morning light and interesting clouds help to make this image a winner.  I captured this photograph while on a backpacking trip with my wife and daughter this past summer.  It is a little bit painful to admit that the summer is in fact past!  Here is a link to a previous blog entry bout our trip to Three Fingered Jack and Canyon Creek Meadows.

Below is an image of Smith Rock State Park’s legendary  ”Monkey Face” formation.  It is an iconic and stunning rock tower recognizable to rock climbers around the world and hikers around Central Oregon.  This is another Photograph that I captured with my 4×5 large format camera this past summer.

Smith Rock State Park's "Monkey Face" at sunset

Smith Rock State Park's "Monkey Face" at sunset

Great sunset light and a beautiful cloud grouping will make this a special fine art print for those of you who are rock climbers and hikers of Smith Rock’s famed trails.

The last of my new images is from the crown jewel in the Bend, Oregon Park system, Shevlin Park.  I often run in Shevlin Park.  It offers several great trail runs/hikes which you can learn more about here. Shevlin Park trails.  While I’ve always considered Shevlin Park an gorgeous and special place, I’ve had little photographic luck there until last autumn when I captured the following image which I’m thrilled about. You might even say that I’m as excited about this image as my daughter Emma is about picking out new school clothes, which is saying a lot!

Photograph of Shevlin Park in Autumn.

Photograph of Shevlin Park in Autumn.

This image captures several things about Shevlin Park that I love.  Riparian environments,fall color,old growth ponderosas, larch trees,and Tumalo Creek are all embodied by this beautiful image!  For a few more fall images from Shevlin Park, you can visit the following blog entry.  Shevlin Park.  I hope you all enjoy it and I hope I  to see some of you Friday, October 2nd 2009 at Pandora’s backpack in downtown Bend!


Shevlin Park, Tumalo Creek, and Fall Color

While on a recent trail run, with Debbie, I was stunned by the fall color in Shevlin Park, one of the true jewels in Bend’s park system.  I’ve been there hundreds of times before but this time was different.  During our usual Shevlin Park Trail Loop run, I found myself repeatedly stumbling while craning my neck for a better look at the outstanding fall color.  I’ve never witnessed such a display there especially along Tumalo Creek near the far end of the loop trail.  I returned three times specifically for photographic purposes and got better images than ever before from that location.  Below is perhaps my favorite.  I love the flow of the water, the  color is of course excellent, and the fact that I was able to work a couple Ponderosa trees into the composition.  Shevlin Park was thankfully spared from logging and therefore has a wonderful assortment of medium to old growth ponderosa trees.  Including ponderosas in the composition helped capture what Shevlin Park means to me.

Beautiful fall color emanates from the riparian banks of Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek.

Beautiful fall color emanates from the riparian banks of Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek.

The above image was captured near the up stream end of the Shevlin Park Loop making it a little more than a short stroll to get there.  The next image was taken closer to the park’s parking area.  It shows Larch trees(sometimes referred to as tamarack trees)  in vibrant autumn color framing the distant Tumalo Creek which runs through Shevlin Park.  as many of you know, Larch trees are the only evergreen trees that lose their needles annually.  Is that an oxymoron or what?  Shortly before losing their needles they turn an attractive golden color.

Larch trees in autumn color along Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek in Bend, Oregon

Larch trees in autumn color along Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek in Bend, Oregon

Finally I’ll include a closer image of Tumalo Creek’s atractive flow pattern adorned by autumn color on both of its shores.

Autumn color along the banks of Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek

Autumn color along the banks of Shevlin Park's Tumalo Creek

Hopefully, my large format images from these sessions will turn out as well as the digital versions and I’ll finally make a fine art print that does justice to one of my favorite Bend area locations.  In the future, I hope to give quick accounts of some of my outings so that others can share in beautiful Central Oregon locations at their seasonal best.  If you know of other hikers, trail runners, backpackers or outdoor enthusiasts who would like seasonal trail updates for the Central Oregon area, Please link them to the following website Bend Oregon Hiking.