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On a hot and clear day I returned to the east side of the Cascades to do a little exploring, and photography. The first destination was the Pine Grove area on Highway 216, and then on to Dufur before heading back home.
The desert-steppe country was in its mid-summer glory, with plenty of sagebrush and rabbit brush to see.
Of course, Mt. Hood dominated the horizon no matter where I went, making the scenery that much more spectacular.
And, I was lucky enough to spot some wild turkeys (not posers) and a young mule deer buck.
Some of the businesses had closed in the small towns, I suspect partially due to the coronavirus. With urban folks now taking another look at the wide-open spaces, maybe the small towns will thrive again.
Two vistas of Mt. Hood, south-east and east