Cougar Dam and Reservoir

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I’m going to assume it is not named after a middle-aged woman seeking younger men, but given it’s location in the Cascade Mountains east of Eugene, OR, it’s after the actual cougar. Alas, I didn’t see any cougars, but I enjoyed the views of the reservoir on a couple of occasions over the Summer.

Blue Water At Cougar

As it turns out, I was there in different lighting conditions as well, once on a very cloudy day, the other less so.

Cougar Reservoir

Cougar Reservoir Scenery

Now, as it turns out, while the view is great, this overlook is really just a short stop on the way to many other cool sites in the Cascades. From here on one trip I continued through the park to the Mackenzie River, below, and on another, the wife and I continued down to Klamath Falls and Crater Lake. Those photos are yet to come, proving that the Coast is not the only beautiful part of Oregon!

McKenzie River

The Variety of Shore Acres

posted in: Landscape | 1

Shore Acres State Park might be one of my favorite places in Oregon so far. First, the cliffs overlooking the Pacific are fantastic.

Perspective on the Size of the Cliffs

From the Cliffs at Shore Acres

And the walk down to the beach isn’t bad either.

Looking down on the Beach

From the Beach

But then there is also a lovely garden, with a plethora of roses in bloom.

Gardens at Shore Acres

Dick Clark Rose

As a photographer, it was a cool place, and even without that, just walking through the gardens, hiking along the edge of the cliffs and down to the beach is a great way to spend a day!

I’ll have a few more from Shore Acres!

Sydney

posted in: Travel | 13

Unfortunately, my first adventure to Australia was work related. So, I only got a fraction of the time to explore Sydney that I would like, and no time to explore outside of Sydney. That being said, the time I did spend in the city was awesome, and I definitely came away with a multitude of ideas on what to see the next time, whether it be for work, or vacation!

Most importantly, I got to see the Amphitheater and the Harbour Bridge!

The Sydney Amphitheater

The Iconic Harbor Bridge

The morning I arrived in Sydney after the 15 hour flight from LAX, was a holiday Monday, and a lovely June morning. Yes, it was almost winter in Australia, but Sydney is a very temperate climate year round, and there was no fear of it being too chilly, though it was quite windy as I walked around the harbor, no doubt!

Then again, the sailing seemed nice!
Sailboat in the HarborNext time, I definitely want to actually go up in the Sydney Tower Sydney Tower

And check out the Maritime Museum so I can tour the AMAS Vampire and Onslow.HMAS Vampire and Onslow at the MAritime Museum

More photos from Sydney will be coming, mixed in with all the other photos I’m catching up on!

Fireworks at Oregon Garden

posted in: Landscape, Night Life | 5

Since I was actually home for the long holiday weekend, and we had a friend staying with us, we decided to check out the fireworks show up at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR. We are members and have enjoyed some time wandering around the gardens previously (photos from that are coming eventually too!), so it seemed like a fun way to spend the evening of July 3rd, and in fact, it really was. We got there early and treated ourselves to the buffet dinner, which was fabulous, and then grabbed up a few seats in the garden next to the resort, where we could watch the sunset, and then the fireworks. Not too shabby!

Dusk looking out to the Coastal Range

Prepping for the fireworks show

Sunset Before the Fireworks

Sparkly

Fireworks!

And, if you’re interested in some video, my iPhone was handy for that as well.