Cove Palisades Park Jefferson county, oregon

Exploring the rivers, lake and geology of Cove Palisades State Park

I spend quite a bit of time hiking the hills and exploring the canyons. Hiking the hilly streets of Seattle; exploring the man-made canyons of Chicago. Nature isn't in my nature. An invitation from a dear friend, which I accepted with some trepidation, afforded me the opportunity to spend a couple of days at The Cove Palisades State Park in "the wilds" of central Oregon.

Watching the sun rise over and the shadow slide down the canyon wall.

Fortunately, scale is difficult to convey. We saw a handful of boats during our three days on the lake and rivers.

The "corner" of the Deschutes River Street and Lake Billy Chinook Way.

According to the Forest Service the average depth of the shoreline is 102 ft with a maximum depth of 415 ft. Assume 12 ft / story and this cliff seemed a bit taller than the Reliance Building (15 stories, Chicago).

Much taller than the Reliance Building.

The comparatively gently sloping cliff in the background is the Warm Springs Reservation.

The canyons and cliffs are striking for their size, diversity, composition and age. I was reminded of Robert A.M. Stern's oft quoted comment "architecture is a conversation across time." Architecture isn't always man-made.

Columnar basalt and a rock slide.


Appreciating the symmetry and using the reflection in place of shooting with a shallow depth of field.

Mt. Jefferson.

Wild horses and a foal grazing.

Both before and after: sunrise over the horizon but not the cliff.

Over the cliff.

Just before civil twilight (f11, 10s).

The crescent moon and Jupiter playing tag behind the clouds.

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