Moar Greetings from Oregon

We had a long and lovely day along the McKenzie River. This is a fabulous time of year to visit when you can get a clear day – the vine maples turn red, and other plants turn yellow, and Clear Lake becomes a rainbow:

Image shows the surface of Clear Lake: the water is green and blue, and there are streaks of red and yellow reflected from autumn leaves.
Clear Lake is a lakebow

We also got a demonstration of the majesty of nature, wot we should imitate, or so the new age folk tell me:

Image shows a dead fish floating belly-up against a bed of algae.
Isn’t nature amazing.

All right, maybe that wasn’t quite fair. Nature has its icky points, but it’s also beautiful and awesome sometimes, like when dragonflies are hovering by bird hotels:

Image shows a dragonfly hovering beside a wooden birdhouse on a tall pole. A sign on the pole says Clear Lake Bird Hotel.
Lodging for birds and other flying critters.

For the volcano lovers in the audience, here’s a fine set of formerly-flaming mountains:

Image shows a large black lava flow and several volcanoes visible at McKenzie Pass.
Many volcanoes at McKenzie Pass.

And, finally, something new! Here’s a glimpse of Lower Proxy Falls, which we didn’t make it to last time we were there.

Image shows several tendrils of water flowing over dark gray andesite and beds of moss.
Lower Proxy Falls

Tomorrow, we do the coast, and then make a beeline for home. See you there with lotsa pretty pics!

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Moar Greetings from Oregon
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4 thoughts on “Moar Greetings from Oregon

  1. rq
    1

    Clear Lake – so impressionist!
    I laughed at the fish belly-up – not because Death, but because the Glory of Nature. :)

  2. 2

    Oh wow, these pictures. Especially the waterfall. It took me a while to realize that there’s a human in the waterfall picture, and they looked absolutely minute next to that cascade.

  3. 4

    I was listening to Adam Savage’s podcast today and he was talking with a guy whose idea of fun is flying quadcopters into volcanic calderas!

    This is insaaaaaannnnnneeee

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