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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.

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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

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.

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