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Image Northwest
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« on: August 18, 2004, 08:43:39 PM »
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[font color=\'#000000\']Hart Mountain is good, especially if you like high desert country.  Some of the last pristine landscapes are there.  This area is located in the south central part of the state.  A little further east is the Steens Mountain. Great fall colors and glaciated valleys. You'll find lots lots of aspen.  Stay at Jackson Park to camp, where you will be in the middle of the best scenery, and take the loop.  Both of these places are fairly remote, with lots of dirt roads, but okay for passenger cars.  Just watch out for the hind side of the Steens loop.[/font]
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2004, 10:01:59 AM »
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[font color=\'#000000\']great suggestions.  thanks for the information.[/font]
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2004, 05:24:13 PM »
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[font color=\'#000000\']I was curious if anyone had any landscape photography in the Eastern Oregon region?  If so, could you throw out some suggestions?[/font]
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2004, 10:59:20 PM »
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[font color=\'#000000\']"Eastern Oregon" is pretty general. That's a BIG area, and that area contains some of the most remote desert areas in North America.

In the extreme north east, the Blue Mountains, specifically the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon Wilderness areas are very challenging. Good asphalt routes here are OR 82 from La Grande to Enterprise and OR 03 north into WA.

Most of the northern slice, south of the Columbia from The Dalles to Pendleton is rolling, high-elevation farmland, nice country and great roads.

Immediately south of the farming corridor is John Day country, centered on John Day (US 395 US 25) is very pretty country, offering ranch lands, bentonite hills (very colourful) and lovely river valleys. Any highway in a 100 mile radius centered on John Day will please.

The south center has wide open, relatively flat desert terrain, with the exception of the Albert Rim, north of Lakeview on US 395. This piece of geography can be just plain amazing in the right light.

OR 140 from Lakeview to Denio, connecting back north via OR 292 and OR 205 along the Catlow Rim is spectacular remote desert mountain country and excellent for landscape shooting. I love these roads. The Alvord desert, immediately to the east of OR 205 is a favourite car commercial location, somewhat similar to the Black Rock Desert in NV.

The Maleur NWR south of Burns teems with life, depending on the time of year. I'd consult with the NWS for info on this.

The US 97 corridor from Bend southward to NV is, for me at least, dead boring. I always try and do this stretch at midday or at night so I'm not missing any good light. If you need southward movement, try OR 31 via Silver Lake, Paisley, Lakeview.

It really doesn't qualify as "eastern", but Crater Lake is one of the continent's least-known, highest-value treasures. It rates a 10 in my book in all respects save accommodation and food.



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