Monday, October 8, 2012

Cascade Corner

In an isolated corner of Yellowstone National Park, right on the Idaho and Wyoming border, is a place referred to as Cascade Corner. It is here that I began my latest photography expedition, the Fall River in the Fall. 

Then moved on to three other spectacular areas in East Idaho, Mesa Falls, Harriman State Park, and SF Snake River near Swan Valley. With the unseasonably warm afternoon and crisp mornings this years fall colors have been nothing short of amazing. (Click the above link to view the entire shoot.)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Alvord Desert

Smoke rolls over the 10,000 foot high desert peaks of the Steen's Mountains to the west and settles into the low flat playa of the Alvord Desert. The unusually thick air blankets the desert with a warm toned fog reinforcing a wild landscape that seems like Mars.

There is so much smoke in the west that photographing the usual clear blue skies of summer is out of the question. Hiking is also a bit rough on the lungs so the Alvord Desert in eastern Oregon seemed like a great place to get creative.

There is plenty of dramatic and inspirational areas on the lake surface to photograph. My favorite area on the playa is the eastern edge. The light remains on the east side a bit longer the western (Steen's) side.

The Alvord Desert is a sub desert of the Great Basin, sitting quietly at the base of the Steen's Mountains. The flat hard pan playa is 7 miles wide by 12 miles long makes for easy hiking, biking, or even driving on its surface. This desert is truly unique for this part of the Great Basin.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thousand Springs

Many times I have driven passed the Malad Gorge, just one of the spectacular units of Thousand Springs State Park, and glanced at the silvery ribbon of water that cuts through its basalt cliffs. Even from the freeway at 65 the view is amazing. But, as you may have guessed, the view is better if you get off the freeway and look at the canyon from the foot bridge at the east edge of the park.

Thousand Springs State Park is composed of five beautiful units along the Snake River in the Magic Valley. Malad Gorge, Billingsley Creek, Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon, Niagara Springs,  and Ritter Island units. Each unit is unique providing different views of this high desert landscape. 
The cold spring water helps produce cool moist air that encourages a large variety of plant life. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Owyhee Canyonlands....Toy Pass

Along the front range of the Owyhee Mountains, the high desert groves of Mountain Mahogany blanketing the open glades of Toy Pass. The road from Oreana to Triangle passes through this magnificent pass and heads deep into the Owyhee high desert.

With the sunrise my thoughts drift to far away places. Much of this high section of desert reminds me of what you might see in African Plain. Put this on your list of  seldom visited places.