Way back at the beginning of October 2012, just a couple of weeks after my six-day adventure to Lake Chelan,
I made one last Autumn outing before Oregon's nine-month rainy season set it. My destination was the Santiam Pass
area at the top of Oregon's Cascades
— generally unaccessible from November (or even October) through June due to snow.
In the afternoon, I explored Hogg Rock.
In the morning I hiked the six-mile Patjens Lakes Trail,
which, unsurprisingly, take you past the set of four small Patjens Lakes, as well as Big Lake.
It probably wasn't the best day for a hike, because there was a strong arctic wind from the northeast blasting over the Cascades, and here I was at the top! It was very cold and very windy! And all I had was a windbreaker!
More than half the forest along the trail had been burned in the Shadow Lake Fire
of September 2011. I found that dead trees do not block the wind as well as live trees, and you could say that the scenery was not quite as picturesque as it could have been. But on the other hand, burnt trees do have a unique look of their own, and I did get some interesting shots after all.
Out of the 150 pictures I took along the Patjens Lakes Trail, 33 of them were found worthy for this, the 61st and last album of 2012, including four black and white photos and three panoramas. And contrary to my premature announcement three weeks ago, this time I can say with certainty that I have now processed ALL of the photos from 2012 — six months after they were taken!
For further details about the story behind the photos in this album, see the related article, Going Whole Hogg.