Detroit Lake

posted in: Landscape 6

Detroit Lake is a reservoir behind the Detroit Dam near Salem, OR. During the Winter months, the lake is drawn down, purposefully, to make room for Spring rain and runoff from the Cascade mountain snow pack. Since we were there in March, the levels were still really low, which allowed us to get a good glimpse of a unique landscape.

Landscape of Detroit Lake

We were even able to see where the cabins that used to sit river-side before the dam was built would have stood, because the foundations were not underwater in these conditions.

Low Reservoir Levels

Of course, the fact that it was a rainy day, with plenty of fog rolling out of the surrounding mountains added to the effect.

Detroit Lake Fog

I’m looking forward to a return trip in the Summer to see how different it all looks when the water level is higher, although with the mild Winter and lack of snow up in the Cascades this season, I’m not sure just how much higher it’ll be! Here’s hoping there’s enough rain to get it back close to normal!

Photos From the Civil War Game 2014

posted in: Fun Times 1

Cross posted from the Sports Blog.

Unfortunately for Oregon State fans, this years version of the Civil War rivalry game against the Oregon Ducks turned out to be more of a massacre than a real battle. The Ducks were just too much for a struggling Beaver team, who ended the season 5-7. Still, my wife was kind enough to get me a ticket for my early Christmas present, and that provided me the opportunity to experience the rivalry first-hand, starting with the tailgating.

Blow up Benny and a Grill, All Set!

Ducks fan

And catching the band during the Beaver Walk

Closeup Snares

The bacn is set for the Beaver Walk

And then, once in the stadium, sitting just three rows back from the Ducks bench. A great place to watch pregame warmups, and get an inside view of the happenings on the sideline.

Oregon State RB Storm Woods

 

Puddles

Ducks O-Line gets Some Instruction

Marcus Mariota on the sideline

Unfortunately, when the team you’re rooting for gets down by 30, being on the opposing sideline is not exactly fun. These teams don’t like each other much, the fans don’t like each other much, and the frustration level of Beaver fans was pretty high as the game wore on. Better luck next year Beavs!

You can see all the pics I posted over on Flickr.

Sightseeing Stop – Firehole Canyon

posted in: Landscape, Travel 0

Driving down to the Canyon
After spending the night in Green River, I had a short drive on tap for Tuesday. Frankly, whether it was a planned shorter drive or not, it was going to end up a shorter drive. I had hit a bit of a wall when it came to spending time in the car! Rather than start out for Salt Lake City first thing though, I took a little detour into the Flaming Gorge Recreational Area, which is the area around the Flaming Gorge reservoir.

While the entirely of this area is far, far more than I could hope to see in one brief stop, I had read a bout a specific place the night before that had my photographer’s interest piqued. It’s called Firehole Canyon.

As I found the parking and boat launch area, which was empty this time of day in September, I was greeted by a little guy who probably wasn’t expecting company.

My Little Greeter

I was also greeted by bugs. Very, very large bugs. Interestingly, they didn’t really seem to be biting me, so I soldiered on. More on them later…

The scenery was fantastic though!

Canyon Reflections
Canyon Reflections

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Sightseeing Stop – Green River, Wyoming

posted in: Landscape, Travel 4

Green River Marker

A lovely little town, Green River. While the river that bears it’s name is a very large, long, river, the town itself isn’t very big. But, it has a hotel right off the freeway, which was really the only prerequisite for this trip! I actually arrived in Green River late in the afternoon, and despite the hotel being right off the freeway, promptly missed the turn to it and wound up in the center of town. This, turned out to be fortuitous as it allowed me to quickly find the river and an area to park and enjoy the walking paths along the river.

Looks Blue Here!

Foot Bridge

Cliffs

Of course, this being Wyoming, there were also some lovely buttes in the area overlooking the river valley, and I did get some shots of those as well before heading off to find my hotel and some dinner!

Overlooking the Town

Butte

Greenville Zoo

posted in: Nature 3

As part of my farewell to South Carolina, I’m posting pics from our time here. One of our favorite pastimes, anywhere we go, is strolling around the local zoo. Greenville did not disappoint in that regard. It might not be the largest zoo we’ve ever seen, but it is a lovely place to wander around!

I can still see you

Pot Bellied Pig in his Pool

What Large Eyes You Have

Behind Bars

"Hey, hey you"

The Italian Gardens of Biltmore

posted in: Travel 0

The image above was captured using my iPhone 5s, with the panoramic feature of the built in camera. It is of one of my favorite areas of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the Italian Gardens. Sure, the house is lovely, and I could spend hours walking among the flowers of the other gardens and the conservatory, but it’s the Italian Gardens where I usually find myself fascinated by the water, the reflections the colors, the angles of the walls, the house in the background etc.

Flower in the Italian Gardens

Goldfish Swimming Amongst the Flowers

Italian Garden in Winter

It’s also the kind of place where you just never know what you’re going to see as you walk around the ponds. 😉

Good client

Puddle in Leaf

So if you do make the trip, by all means tour the house, it’s amazing. But don’t forget about the various gardens and everything else the property has to offer for any photographers as well!

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2014

posted in: Fun Times, Travel 3

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

It just so happened that we were in Savannah back at the end of April on the same day that SCAD was having their annual sidewalk arts festival in Forsyth Park.

Naturally, we had to wander around and check out some of the chalk art. Personally, I was really impressed at the amount of time and detail put into some of the drawings.
SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

Obviously, this is hard, and dirty work.

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

Some of the art work was pretty serious stuff…

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

While others went with lighter fare as their subject material.

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

Still it was a lot of fun checking out all of the art work, and a bit sad to know that the first good rain would wipe it all away. Then again, with everyone taking photos of the art work, is it really gone forever? 😉

That is something to ponder, maybe while looking into the hypnotic cat’s eyes….

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival Chalk Art

Sunny Day at Okefenokee

Sunny Sunday Morning Boat Ride

posted in: Nature, Travel 5

After seeing the Okefenokee swamp on a dreary, rainy day, going back on Sunday in the bright sunshine was actually quite different. Oh there’s still the same wildlife, but everything just seems a little less foreboding, and having other folks out canoeing and enjoying the refuge area changes the atmosphere tremendously.

Sunning in the same place we saw him yesterday.

Heading down the Canal

We chose to take the 90 minute guided tour as opposed to rowing ourselves around, from Okefenokee Adventures. They have all kinds of ways for you to explore the swamp, from renting canoes or kayaks to multiple day tours on the swamp! Our guide’s family had lived in the area for 7 generations and he knew all about the wildlife and the plant life, which would take an entire lifetime to become aware of, honestly, there are so many different species of animal and plants in the swamp!

Naturally, we came across a few gators during the trip.

Sunning

What I love about that photo is that you can see just how black the water is. Look at the gators body, at the point where it goes from being out of the water, to under the water. You can’t see a thing! This is why they say for every gator or snake you see, there are 10 you don’t. You cannot see anything that is under the water here.

Of course, the hawks are really just as impressive when you get to really watch them do their thing out here too.

Flying Over the Canoes

Red Sholdered Hawk aGainst the Bright Sky

All in all, the tour was fun, educational and a great way to wrap up our time in Okefenokee before heading home!

Swamp Trees in early Spring

Going Down the Suawnee Canal

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