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Friday, June 25, 2010

Low Hanging Clouds

Last post on my Central Oregon lava forest trip. When we were hiking out, I saw this distant silhouette and and loved the layers behind it. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lava Cast Forest Continued

As I promised in yesterdays post, here is a photo of a lava cast. 6000 years ago, Newberry Mountain outside Bend, OR erupted, and the lava flow enveloped the existing trees. Once the lava cooled and the trees died away, it left these empty trunk holes. There were tons of them, some standing up like this one, and others laying down in "tunnels" on the ground. Quite a sight. The colors of the minerals that the lava left were interesting too.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lava Cast Forest

Off the beaten path up a dirt road outside of Bend, OR is a facinating attraction. The lava cast forest is the remains of a 6000 year old lava flow from nearby Newberry Mountain. The picture doesnt even give justice to the magnitude of the flow. It is HUGE! You follow a mile long loop which winds through a small portion of the devestation. Its crazy how the little bushes, trees and flowers are able to rebuild themselves in such an environment. Along the trail are tree casts, where the trees that existed during the flow were enveloped in lava and created "tubes". I will post a picture of that tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Favorite - Water Drops


Back from Hiatis -- I have had no time for blogging! I was out of town for Fathers Day, and then had some personal stuff to attend to, so I have slacked on blogging. In fact, even today I am playing catch up at work, so am posting a pic I took two weeks ago instead of newer pics from my trip to Central Oregon! But tomorrow I will try to do better :)

I will post one of my favorite things to photograph - water drops :) I am hoping these strawberry flowers will get enough SUN to form berries soon!