Time for Plan B.
Plan A was thwarted by bad road conditions, stopping me from reaching the Badger Creek Trailhead.
Instead, I spent some very enjoyable hours hiking in the transition zone where the hardwoods turn to Ponderosa pines.
Seeing many deer tracks, I began looking for deer in earnest. Soon I spotted three Blacktail bucks and many does.
For a long-time deer hunter, sneaking up on nice-sized bucks is always a treat. And, it makes for good photo opportunities too.
Redtail Hawk on a telephone post, a ubiquitous sight in eastern Oregon
Four-point Blacktail Buck
Sagebrush Country (notice the greenery in mid-autumn)
Blacktail Fawn taking a break
Mt. Jefferson and Olallie Butte on a cold morning
Lenticular Cloud forming on Mt. Hood
Tribal dip-net platform at Sherars Falls
Great Blue Heron on the hunt
Blacktail Buck, a hunter’s delight
Doesn’t take long for the clouds to build up over Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood in early morning behind Tygh Valley
Two Blacktail Bucks