OK, This Time 2012 Really IS Over!
Saturday 13 April 2013 — Category: Outings
As I wrote in my last article, I thought that I had finished processing all of my photos for 2012 a few weeks ago, but to my shock and dismay, last week I had discovered that there were still photos from a one-day outing in October which I had overlooked! Obviously, 2012 wasn’t over after all! After finishing up the Smith Rock photos earlier this week, it was time to make up for this oversight.
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.
Two days ago I finished processing the photos from Hogg Rock, which I had explored in the afternoon. In the morning I had 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 Patjens Lakes 2012, 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!
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