Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beyond Words


Today I decided to walk at Sparks Lake west of Bend, Oregon. The 2 1/2 mile trail is named after Ray Atkeson, Oregon's laureate photographer. In the background is South Sister, an ancient volcano that I climbed and posted about in early September. It was late afternoon and I never saw any other people and it was perfectly quiet. It became abundantly clear why this spot has been memorialized. It seemed so perfect in its grandeur.

7 comments:

Sylvia K said...

How fantastic! You caught a gorgeous moment that was yours alone! Can't beat that! The grandeur is there and how fortunate you are to have captured it!

Enjoy, Lee!

Sylvaia

Jacob said...

Talk about the wonders of nature! That second photo is truly a work of art, Lee. Frame it and hang it!

cieldequimper said...

What I wouldn't give to smell the place. To feel it. To breathe in deeply and exhale slowly. To revel in the silence.

Martha Z said...

Perfect photos. I love the lakes in the Bend area. When we visited I thought how nice it would be to live there and have a canoe. I like the lava flow coming over the hill.

Raksha said...

What Jacob said.

tapirgal said...

These are outstanding. I love that high country with the shallow lakes and flat meadows near timberline. I grew up with that in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and it will always feel magical. You captured it so well in these photos. They are simply striking. And what a wonderful memorial to the photographer.

Sueso said...

I remember Mr. Atkeson and his photos very well. They were always special. It's so nice to know that there is a memorial for him in this beautiful spot. Thank you..and thank you for sharing your talent too!