I practice taking bird pictures with the hummingbirds that visit the feeder on my deck – just water & sugar 4:1 ratio.

These pics were modified slightly with exposure, contrast and color, but no fillers, adds, effects, etc

Hard to tell if these are same, different or similar birds as the light / weather were not the same. These were all taken in the last month.… Read the rest


Last year, i did a shorter version of this hike, but part of Yoran Lake trail was in poor condition and I stayed on PCT – this year, the trail has been updated some, so a great hike! All in all, a 18 mile hike with 2800 ft elevation gain – it’s mostly following PCT between 6500 and 7000 ft elevation.

For most of the hike, north / northeast of this

Past Yoran Lake trail on PCT, there is a side trail / spur you take up to this rock outcropping that pokes out like a stone thumb

I hiked up most of it with 3 other guys and 2 big dogs.… Read the rest


We recently visited Crater Lake National Park with good friends and one of the things I learned (and should have known) is that we’ve been using the wrong geological name all this time … it’s not a crater, it’s a caldera. (or at least that’s what the Park Ranger told us). Over 7000 years ago, Mount Mazama changed dramatically. – note: there are links to slide shows on different topics – poke around.

This adventure was different from 2 years ago due to an absence of fires and this year taking a boat ride around the lake and spending several hours on Wizard Island.… Read the rest


If you missed the earlier post – Traveling to South Sister – check it out.

My 3rd hike up this hill in the last 4 years (last year’s), and sadly, this was the least enjoyable – not the mountain, the weather, my legs, my equipment, inadquate water, nor bad pictures. There were just too many people; i have never seen this many people on a Cascades hike in over 30 years of hiking.

The destination

I took the same route as before – straight up from Devil’s Lake with a full parking lot (and i hiked up the trail 1/4 mile and realized i left my forest pass in the ‘g)love box’ … so back to the car and repeat) … some views were the same as before, but the camera found different objects

the color of this lake blows me away – every time

Sadly, with all of the people, too many missed this sign … i even saw people with a dog swimming in one of those most precious and fragile lakes like above …

Once on the summit this year, i spent my time on the southeast side of the rim … the views were quite different from last year’s north side.… Read the rest


I planned my 3rd South Sisters hike in 4 years to catch the full moon setting on my way to the trailhead. Getting up in time to be on the road by 04:00 is not that tough, when you have this to look forward to seeing …

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I completed this hike meeting a good friend who was going around the Sisters’ loop. We met at PCT and I hiked out with him to his car and then to my car at Obsedian trailhead. This is an excellent Sisters Wilderness hike – not too hard and the views from the north side are fabulous.

Starting at the Scott trail there were these weird flowers that liked like something from Dr Seuss. (note: clicking on the images will open the original high-res media file)

They grow in patches with long stems

Before reaching the PCT, the views both north and south are fabulous

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My wife and I wanted a decent length hike without too much elevation gain on this sunny Father’s Day …

For you All Trails users, here is the link to the recording–15

All in all, this is a good hike on a sunny day when you do not want to work too hard at going up the mountain(s). This just wanders along the north bank of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River just west of Oakridge. There are wonderful swimming pools (we did not try them) but they do not all have decent paths from the N side; but there is a road on the south side of the fork with ample opportunities to reach a good pool.… Read the rest


Early spring flowers are some of my favorites … they appear quickly and often do not last long as they are the first food for many after a long wet OR winter. All of these came from our yard or our neighbor’s.

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