So I’m going to Alaska soon and decided to practice up taking pictures of animals before I leave. I went to the Oregon Coast, because birds are pretty abundant there and would test if I could use all the lenses of the camera.
Really? Not a bird in sight (other than seagulls) around Indian Beach.
Then I found Pelican :D
It would be really annoying if every time you took a bite of food a flock of seagulls descended on top of you.
The trail winds around to provide some spectacular views of Mt. Jefferson. In person it feels like it’s right there hovering over you. The glacier looked a little pitiful though.
This giant rocky cliff down below reminded me of one of those floating mountains in Avatar.
There is some plant along this trail that definitely smells like a dirty Mountain Goat.
You join the pacific crest trail for about a mile before entering Jefferson Park. The whole area is remarkably well maintained, I even saw saw some irrigation pipes around channeling water through the trail system.
Entering Jefferson Park (sorry for the idiom, but I have nothing else) took my breath away. I need to come back to camp here, although it actually seems pretty crowded up here. exploring the park reminded me of exploring Yellowstone. I think I’ll stop typing and let the pictures speak for themselves, because I took about 200 of them and had to come up with which ones to post.
Quick swim break. There are several lakes up here, I explored only the one with the time I had before dusk.
OMG, could it be Mountain Goat poo hiding off the trail?
Subie wasn’t into my plan to trick everyone into thinking I saw a Goat.
Deeper into the park.
At least I have the wildlife photography skills to document a pond filled with thousands of Newts.
Either there was a dude at this pond with size 22 vibrams and a dog that really needs a nail trimming or this is evidence that Momma and Baby Bear come drink out of the Newt pond.
It definitely smelled like forest fire and looked like forest fire smoke while descending in the evening. I never saw the glow or flames on the drive home so I guess it could have been summer smog.
To end the story on a really low note, my hunt for the Goats with totally unsuccessful. However I took this awful photo of a huge family of Quail. I had never actually seen Quail, nevertheless scared off about 25 of them!
Me, Subie and Thaly enjoyed backpacking part of the rim of Newberry Crater, when we weren’t kept awake by the wind.
The next morning the volcanic features were more clear so we decided to head over to the enormous obsidian flow we saw in the distance.
The hike back from our camp spot was dusty, hot and exhausting.
It’s amazing what you miss while driving on the highway. Lava Butte is right next to the highway outside bend. This is the leftovers of Oregon’s most recent volcanic eruption. It’s remarkable how a few plants are strong enough to live in the rocky environment of the basalt flow.
I wish I had been able to take a couple better pictures, because I love the contrast of the black lava rock against the nature in the distance.