Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pilot Butte to Lava Butte


Bucking a stiff wind this afternoon I plodded my way up Pilot Butte, an odd looking cinder cone, protruding from the the east side of Bend, Oregon. In the distance, looking southwest, is Lava Butte which is a higher formation, but similar in shape. I took the trail alone and listened carefully to my breathing for a while until I became lost to my inner voice which is imprecisely called thought. I was quite surprised when I reached the summit, having barely noticed the landscape or distance I had walked. Then, a torrent of icy northern air swirling over this dramatic 360 degree vista caught my sails, so to speak, and brought me about. I was at the top with a world out there to see and pictures to take.

7 comments:

J Bar said...

Lee, you can swim at Coogee Beach and most of Sydney's beaches without fear of box jellyfish. They are found in tropical areas, so not as far south as Sydney. We do get other types of jellyfish and blue bottles which sting but are not that dangerous. The occasional shark attack can be dangerous but most beaches are netted and swimmers are advised to swim at patrolled areas. Sydney's city beaches are all really great.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

tapirgal said...

Those are some crazy clouds! it's nice to have such an accessible hill in the middle of town with remarkable views and a taste of nature all the way up the hill.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Sylvia

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shot !! Nice !!Unseen Rajasthan

B SQUARED said...

You may not be able to see heaven from there, but it's close.

Jacob said...

I like that "torrent of icy northern air" bit. Yeah, that'll bring you "about" real quick.

Thanks for sticking around long enough to take the photo...which has an "icy northern air" look about it!

Hope your day is warm and wonderful!

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful sky and a butte that does kind of look like a volcano. It must have been exhilarating.