After leaving the Hoodoo Ski Area
on my way to Eastern Oregon, I continued along U.S. Route 20,
descended the eastern slope of the Cascades
and made my way through the area of Sisters
(the largest city in Oregon east of the Cascades).
Before reaching the small town of Sisters — around the Black Butte
area — I came across a captivating scene of a meadow, some wood fencing, and a small grove of saplings. I drove right past it, but I kept feeling like I should really go back, so after a short distance further down the road I finally turned around. There was something about the scene that really attracted me, but I couldn't quite figure out what it was. I don't think any of the six photos in this album from that spot really capture what I saw and felt there, but perhaps, taken all together, they can communicate at least part of it.
As I continued on past Sisters and Bend on U.S. Route 20, I was treated to some great views of the many high peaks in this part of Oregon's central Cascades. At one point I stopped and took a series of 13 photos to combine into one sweeping panorama, encompassing Broken Top
and the South Sister
to the south, through the other two Sisters, Black Crater, Mount Washington, Santiam Pass, Three Fingered Jack
and Black Butte,
all the way to Mount Jefferson
to the north. It's quite a spectacular view! I tried to imagine what the pioneers must have felt like seeing it, after a long trek across Eastern Oregon.
Lastly, I stopped to see a prehistoric river gorge — the river has long since disappeared, but the dry river canyon remains as a silent testimony to Oregon's much different past.
The 107 pictures I took for this second album of photos from my April 2012 trip to Eastern Oregon have been distilled down to the 13 best shots.