Well, here I was on Thursday the 18th, being somewhat disgruntled because the lady who washes and trims the dog called and cancelled again thus blowing another early morning photo shoot. I said “ENOUGH” and determined to go the very next morning to photograph an area I had not been to for some 20 + years. This small grove of Aspen trees lies deep within the Ochoco National Forest in the Grizzly unit and East of Rooster Rock. Up at 4 AM and out the door as soon as I could get the props to stay up on my eyelids, I ventured out into the darkness. It was about 38 miles through the woods to the point where I started hiking. Up through the valley and over the small hill (where I jumped a rather large bull elk) I finally found the Aspen Grove and was rewarded with a somewhat almost too late to record the colors view.
Enclosure 58 from the hill-top
Following are a series of photographs I took while walking around both inside and outside this enclosure. Just an FYI here, there are some 100 Aspen Enclosures in the Ochoco National Forest, so instead of naming each one, the Forest Service just numbers them. I hope you enjoy these photos. It was a great day of shooting,even if it was cloudy with very little sunshine.
Looking up at Rooster Rock
Every year it happens the same-the nights start getting colder, the flowers quit blooming, my TOMATOE plants never get to really producing before they freeze, the RV’s have to get winterized and so on and so forth! Well this year I determined that I was going to get some pics of the beautiful colors of Fall around this area………and I am waiting and waiting and getting nervous and then we get the first rain in months and so what did I do? Nothing, I went out the day before! Go figure.
About the most colorful site in Prineville right at this time is the area around the High School. They planted some beautiful trees there.
Trees and sky
There were so many beautiful colors represented here and in these next two photos that my printer just about can’t handle it.
Morning sunlight makes for brilliant colors
Sunlight explosion of color
The Crook County High School makes for a beautiful backdrop.
Entrance to High School
I am waiting for the beautiful Courthouse and some of the other areas to finish their changing and hope to record this incredible beauty from Nature as soon as I can. I have a couple of other areas in mind, but I don’t think they are quite ready yet.
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