In God's Country joseph, oregon
Although this is prime hiking country, I have to admit that I did a lot of my sight-seeing by car. Some of it, like Hells Canyon Overlook, is impractical to walk. It's about 40 miles from Joseph and a slow ascent on a winding road, full of extreme bends and unfinished surfaces. When I reached the viewpoint, I found myself alone which, of course, suited me nicely. Visiting these kinds of places at the brink of tourist season usually yields a more intimate appreciation of the scenery.
At a depth of a mile and a half and averaging 10 miles in width, Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America. It was carved during the last 2 million years by the Snake River. As I stood by the overlook, a thunderstorm was brewing to the left of me, complete with lightning but it never came overhead. This was pretty typical during the time I was in Wallowa County.
Wildflowers in Bloom
The wildflowers in this area are in abundance from June through early August. While I was there (in late May), the blooms were just beginning but their colors made a sufficiently loud splash on the near and distant hills.
Linda and I noticed that the rivers and streams in Wallowa County seem to flow more quickly than we are used to seeing elsewhere. Further research indicated that this is due to rapid snow melt as the warmer weather takes hold.
Things of Interest
I like to photograph something just because it catches my eye. It doesn't have to have some specific purpose or adhere to a certain criteria. What's exciting to me is that, through decisions of angle, lens choice and exposure, I can transform it into my own vision.
For the most part, I don't like to reposition anything I see in nature. For instance, I could have shifted this pine cone to a more natural setting but it stood out in nice contrast on the gravel road - exactly as I found it.
This arrangement reminded me of a wreath or something that suggested a time of harvest. These microcosms, so easy to pass by, can have an aura of peace about them. This little gem had that effect on me.