Smith Rock State Park, Bend Oregon
Smith Rock State Park, Bend Oregon

We got up well before sunrise and hit the trail early. One of my favorite, but often over populated hikes is the Misery Ridge Loop Trail in Smith Rock State Park. The stunning geology, the tranquil flow of the Crooked River, and the wildlife all paint this place into such an amazing experience.

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Smith Rock State Park rock climbing walls, Bend Oregon
Smith Rock State Park rock climbing walls, Bend Oregon

I was messing around with some different edits of this image I took at Smith Rock State Park. Both edits are comprised of 10 differently focused images stacked together. If you look along the wall you can see a climber working his way up the rock.

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Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne Oregon
Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne Oregon

A beautiful spring morning at Smith Rock, Oregon's Yosemite.

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Fort Rock Oregon entrance road
Fort Rock Oregon entrance road

This weekend my girlfriend and I decided to jump in the mom van and make a trip down to Fort Rock, Oregon to get out, explore, and do some hiking. This amazing rock formation was the result of a volcanic eruption that occurred about 100,000 years ago. The rock is about a mile in diameter and around 200' high. The surrounding area is an ancient lake bed. At one time this lake covered almost 900 square miles and was about 150-200' deep in spots. We climbed around in the rocks and hiked most of the

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Cluster of dried flowers in a star pattern
Cluster of dried flowers in a star pattern

We went on a search for some early blooming wild flowers along the Crooked River, but instead found the remnants of last year's biscuit root?? If anyone out there knows the true identity of this one, please share.

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Beautiful storm clouds forming over Broken Top Mountain, Bend Oregon
Beautiful storm clouds forming over Broken Top Mountain, Bend Oregon

Suspicious clouds looming over Broken Top. This shot was taken from Mt. Bachelor.

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Sepia Fuller's Teasel along Crooked River, Central Oregon desert
Sepia Fuller's Teasel along Crooked River, Central Oregon desert

Though the name sounds a little suspicious, this plant has been used since Roman times to raise the nap from woolen fabrics in the process known as "fulling". It has been raised commercially in both North America and Europe for this specific use, though today much of it's use has been replaced by machines.

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Sepia view of a water marsh in front of Mt Bachelor, Bend Oregon
Sepia view of a water marsh in front of Mt Bachelor, Bend Oregon

A peaceful meander.

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Metal chain covered in ice
Metal chain covered in ice

My girlfriend says she sees what looks like a sasquatch in the shadow to the left of the chain. I see faces looking in different directions in the ice.

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