Customizing

When ordering prints from Fine Art America, you have the option to customize. For this print, I’ve chosen a gray frame that compliments the bridge architecture and a simple white mat. I would print this on Somerset Velvet paper. I love the fine art look of photos on this paper and have many down at the gallery.

Water Under the Bridge
Image size: 16x20
Frame: SLW6
Mat: 2" white
Paper: Somerset Velvet

Wigwam Burner

These are a mixture of photos of an old wigwam burner near Florence, Oregon, lumber mill pullies, and burned out sections of Willamette Mill in Sweet Home, Oregon. When I was growing up, these wigwam burners were everywhere. When I moved to my current town, there was one a couple of miles from my house. As time goes on, they are being removed as they are no longer in use. They were a source of pollution and poor air quality. Now the materials that used to be burned them is being repurposed into other products. To me these will always be an emblem of my home state.

If you are interested in purchasing these images, you can find them here.

Sweet Home

I’m going to be making some souvenir magnets for a shop in Sweet Home, so I spent my Super Bowl Sunday driving around this cute little town, shooting the Weddle Bridge and Sankey Park’s log house. I haven’t spent much time in Sweet Home, other than stopping for ice cream after a hike or a day at the lake or grabbing a quick snack at Safeway, so it was fun to wander around and explore. And what a beautiful day! I also checked out the area beneath the dam and finished the day out as the clouds gathered over Foster Lake. If you’re ever in the area, spend a little time checking out this great little town.

Weekday Wanderings

I drove around the back roads close to home yesterday. I must have hit clock-out time for the forest crew, who were all barreling down the narrow gravel road at a gazillion miles per hour. Thank God for small pull-outs. They were a friendly bunch, waving as they sped by.

There was not much to photograph where I was. A bobcat ran down the road in front of my car, but was spooked back into the forest. There were a couple of streams running by the side of the road, but I was hesitant to get out for fear of getting plowed over by the forest crew. (Who I’m sure would have administered first aid. They seemed like a nice bunch.)

I did pass this stream flowing through an alder stand. I love mossy alders in winter. I’d been looking for a scene like this. I passed by on my return trip out of the forest. (Traffic had slowed to an occasional truck.) I got a few shots in before the sun completely went behind a hill. What do you think?

If you are interested in purchasing my prints, clicking on them will take you to their page in my Fine Art America shop.

Beautiful Blooms on a Dismal Day

It’s a typical overcast winter day in Oregon – the perfect time to dig into the summer floral photos. When I was searching for a photo for a challenge, I discovered these photos I took a few years ago. I was driving the back roads and came around a bend to find a brilliant field of golden California poppies. Today I uploaded then onto a few products on Zazzle. These items are customizable, which is part of Zazzle’s claim to fame. There’s a button below the “edit design” button that says “personalize this product.” Clicking on this will bring up the text, which right now on this item is “Iced Coffee.” You would delete what I have written and write your name, your business name, or whatever you want. (Are you more of an iced tea person?) This should apply to both sides. Check it out and let me know what you think!

McDowell Creek Falls

Tucked away in the Cascades foothills between Lebanon and Sweet Home, Oregon, past fields of filberts and blueberries and quietly grazing livestock is a beautiful county park. McDowell Creek Park is situated on a curvy country road. The park boasts a 1.6 mile loop trail, though most people just do an out and back hike to see the waterfalls. The rest of the hike winds around through the forest and takes you out at the top of Royal Terrace Falls before descending down a steep stone staircase.

Near Majestic Falls there is a bridge and stair system that is beautiful its simplicity. It spans the creek, edges out to a viewpoint of the falls, and winds up the rock face to another viewpoint at the top. From here you can choose to continue your hike up and around or double back.

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Larch Mountain Fog

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A couple of months ago I took a day trip up to the Columbia River Gorge in the hopes of getting some good autumn shots. It was much too crowded on the narrow trails for my comfort level during COVID-19, so I decided to drive up to Larch Mountain. Along the way, the fog started rolling in. It was a beautiful, light fog that was lit from the sun. I hope you enjoy this beautiful Oregon forest scene as much as I did.

Now I’ll have to go back on a clear day and actually hike out to the viewpoint.

Through FAA, this image is available on a multitude of products. Here it is on an iPhone case.

North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River

A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Westfir to see Office Covered Bridge and take some pictures. When I got there, it was still too light for the Christmas lights, so I drove up the Aufderheide along the North Fork Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It’s beautiful up there. I was able to take some photos before the sun made its early winter descent. Here are a couple of my shots.

Do you have a favorite river?

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my photography website. I’ve been unofficially on WordPress for a while as underapileofphotos.wordpress.com, but decided to try my hand at a more official site. I get the feeling it’s going to be a work in progress for a while.

I’m an Oregon nature photographer. I shoot the great outdoors – rivers, mountains, lakes, and coastal scenes. I also love shooting plants, flowers, mushrooms, and agricultural scenes that surround me. I am always honing my skills. If you find something you like, please consider supporting my work by purchasing from one of my print on demand stores. There’s a wide variety from low-cost cards to high end metal prints. Even better would be to come check my work out at the Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery store at 605 Main Street in Lebanon, Oregon, where I’m honored to display my work alongside a group of talented artists.

If you’re just here for the pretty pictures, be sure and drop a comment and let me know what you think. What are you drawn to? What scenes speak to you? I’d love to hear from you.

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