The State of Oregon is incredibly diverse, and a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, so naturally it’s a goldmine for landscape photography. One can run on the beach and go skiing or mountain hiking all in one day. Ranked the 9th largest state at 98,466 square miles, the State packs a whole lot into those miles! We have 238 waterfalls, 5 national parks, and lush forest practically around every bend, in fact Oregon’s forests cover more than 30 million of the state’s 63 million-acre land base. This also means that there are a crazy number of hidden gems for exploring. Last week Aaron and I set out to find on of those gems.
We headed out to Triangle Lake, as Aaron had heard about a river that is off the beaten path near the lake and wanted to photograph it. We found it, and though beautiful, it was absolutely freezing, in the low 30’s in the shade, and as part of the river is in a sort of ravine topped with a forest of pines we were constantly in the shade. I snapped these pics with my phone while Aaron got to work. I was shivering so bad from the cold, that some of my camera photos turned out blurry lol….
We were the only two people there, aside from two birds chasing each other in large circles over the river, and when they’d come in over the bank, they would zip past within a foot of our heads, which was both equally awesome, and alarming. The opposite wall of the ravine was a checkerboard mix of textures, where there wasn’t a thick bed of moss, there was open faced rock with tiny waterfalls cascading into the river
Smiling, but freezing my bum off!
There was this weird grate platform jutting out over the river, and I was surprised that there were no guard rails of any kind. One could so easily just fall into the rushing water. Aaron was braver than I, having to crouch down under low tree limbs right on the edge to get some good shots. Nope, no thanks.
Oregon is not all forest though. Eastern Oregon has stunning desert landscape as well, which we are planning a trip to photograph it in the very near future, so stay tuned 🙂