A Mid-Summer Day of Central Oregon Photography

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Dufur, Oregon

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.

A sign of the impact of the cornonavirus?

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.

Mule Deer Buck

Highway 216 (about 1 1/2 hours from Portland)

Two vistas of Mt. Hood, south-east and east

Out of business on HIghway 216

Abandoned stretch of highway

Mt. Hood from Dufur, Oregon


Rabbit Brush

What “won” the West




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