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A wild winter ride to iconic Central Oregon hot springs offered these landscapes. The road to Summer Lake is a beautiful stretch of little-used highway along the western edge of the Great Basin. Sagebrush gives way to alkali lakes, winds rip across the open flat, and clouds create another dimension of life above the high desert.

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An unsettled day in the high desert.

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Silver Lake, Oregon, snow from the west meets billowing clouds from the east.

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Snow seems to be falling from Summer Lake up to the clouds.

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Between the land and sky of Central Oregon lies Silver Lake.

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Summer Lake Hot Springs soaking shed