Three landscapes and a soaking shed

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.

Central Oregon, hot springs
An unsettled day in the high desert.
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Silver Lake, Oregon, snow from the west meets billowing clouds from the east.
central Oregon, hot springs
Snow seems to be falling from Summer Lake up to the clouds.
central Oregon, Silver Lake
Between the land and sky of Central Oregon lies Silver Lake.
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Summer Lake Hot Springs soaking shed

Winter Water – snow and ice taking new forms

The only constant is change. Snow turns to ice; ice turns to water; water turns to rivers; rivers become oceans. And eventually, it comes back to land to start the cycle again.

Deschutes River, Tumalo State Park
Building crystals, Deschutes River, Tumalo State Park
Deschutes River, Tumalo State Park
Juniper droplet
Deschutes River, Tumalo State Park
Calm in the rush
End of the trail, Deschutes River
Deschutes River, Tumalo State Park


The Painted Hills in winter, an unfinished canvas

At first glance, covering the brilliant colors of the Painted Hills with snow seems an affront. Slowly, though, you realize the colors are more vivid and the landscape patterns surreal; it is a study in negative space. The intensity of the snow and depth of the shadows create an otherworldly effect that makes this fabulous place more so.