Beyond the Limits

Beyond the Limits

It has been decades since water has spilled over the dam at Gerber Reservoir in Eastern Klamath County, Oregon. Finally this water season has produced enough snow melt and rain water to fill the reservoir.  

As far as I can remember Gerber has always been a small pool if not dried creek bed of land. I have never seen the lake full.  That is until last week. 

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Night Views on the Palisades

Night Views on the Palisades

During the summer of 2016. My family and I got to go on several adventures.  One of those excursions led us to the north side of the Crater Lake Caldera on a dark night. We found a location to stop and setup shop near an area known as the Palisades (A cliff face rock formation on the north side of the lake).

While setup at this location, we watch commercial airliners, satellites, shooting stars and more streak across the sky.  This is not uncommon for many night sky adventures.  However, one flying object did catch our attention on this night, a fire spotter plane.  

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Path of the Cross

Path of the Cross

On a cool summer night my son and I traveled to the Lava Beds National Monument. We set up our gear to photograph the Milky Way as it passed behind Canby's Cross. 

The night went well until about 3am when a pack of coyotes decided to let us know they were there.  Due to the darkness, we could not see them. However, we counted their voices and tallied approx 15 different animals, surrounding us on all sides.  

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Night on the Bybee Fire

Night on the Bybee Fire

In late July 2017 a fire began to grow inside Crater Lake National Park. The fire originated near the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  Many speculate that it was a careless PCT hiker that caused the fire but the official cause has never been released.

For weeks the west side of Rim Drive was closed to prevent people from accessing the area near the fire.  A times the fire entered the caldera rim.

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Through the Trees

Through the Trees

It was a chilly late summer evening when Crater Lake was completely clouded in and any Celestial photography from the rim was not going to happen.  An aurora was even predicted to appear, but mother nature had other plans up on the caldera.

Disappointed but not deterred, I began my decent down the mountain. In to Munson Valley where the park headquarters are located.  A half mile off the rim the skies cleared. I stopped in an automotive pullout and took a test shot.  The Milky Way was glowing like I had never seen before. I knew this location would be special.  I set my gear and waited as the camera captured over 150 images of the night sky.

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Sinnott Aurora

Sinnott Aurora

It was a warm afternoon in August when I received a warning about a potential aurora in Southern Oregon, that night.  With this information, I searched my map of vistas to see what location would work best to photograph the Northern Lights.

According to that map, the Sinnott Memorial Overlook inside the caldera of Crater Lake National Park would be a great choice.

Arriving at the location before sunset, I set up my gear. On this night I used two cameras, one that I was manually controlling with each shot.  The other was setup capturing a night sky timelapse.  

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Perseids Cascadium, Limited Edition

Perseids Cascadium, Limited Edition

This was my favorite adventure and image of 2016. Last August my daughter, wife and myself traveled to Fourmile Lake at the foot of Mount McLaughlin in western Klamath County. Right in the heart of the Southern Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. 

It was not just a regular trip, it was an overnight excursion to specifically watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.   Fourmile Lake has some dark skies with just a hint of a glow of the Rogue Valley right behind Mt McLaughlin. 

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Mount Shasta Adventure

Mount Shasta Adventure

Mid December, near the time of the winter solstice, is one of my favorite times of the year for landscape photography. Here in the Pacific Northwest the sun holds a low trajectory on the horizon. Creating an opportunity of long shadows, deep contrast and pleasing sky's. 

This December, I went on a photography adventure to Mount Shasta, California. Residing an hour north of the area, Mt Shasta is a common location to visit.  However this time was different, it was the first time I have visited the mountain in December with the intention of capturing theses images. 

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