Blitzen Valley 2012 is the fourth photo album of pictures taken during my April trip to Eastern Oregon.
It is in this valley that I set up my "base camp" at the Frenchglen Hotel,
and through which I traveled each day as I visited other areas in the region.
I took a wide variety of pictures in a wide variety of locations — from the northern part of the valley on the southern shore of Malheur Lake
, through the offshoot Diamond Valley,
down to the southern end of the valley in the Frenchglen
area. A handful of photos of the Blitzen Valley were taken outside of the valley: from the Harney Valley,
north of Malheur Lake. So, there's a lot to see in this album!
I took a total of 241 photos over four days. The photos in the valley from the fifth day will be in their own separate album, because they focus specifically on wildlife in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,
which encompasses a large portion of the Blitzen Valley. I've narrowed them down to the best 39 pictures, including six panoramic photos. It's really a region of wide open spaces — Steens Mountain
itself is fifty miles long! — which are difficult to capture except through panoramas.