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Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Underwater, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Underwater

    Underwater Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Eugene, Oregon
    For nearly 25 years, my family has bow-hunted in the Logan Valley area southeast of John Day, Oregon. This is a special place; native americans have hunted there for 12,000 years or so. I got a bear, which will provide enough meat to last me for a while. Here's some shots from the area, as well as a bunch from the return trip (I took the long way home to see some parts I'd never been to before).
    Smoky sunset from our first night there:
    E-M1    OLYMPUS 150mm Lens    150mm    f/4.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    I like the texture on this fawn:
    E-M1    OLYMPUS 150mm Lens    150mm    f/3.5    1/250s    ISO 200

    Malhuer River:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    14mm    f/18.0    1/0s    ISO 200

    Blue bird:
    E-M1    OLYMPUS 150mm Lens    150mm    f/2.0    1/8000s    ISO 200
    Logan Valley- I was blessed with some interesting skies on this trip:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    8mm    f/16.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    E-M1    OLYMPUS 150mm Lens    150mm    f/4.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    Ranching is still an important activity in this area and I like to connect with the guy who's held the grazing allotment for my favorite hunting spot. This old chute has seen some dogies:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    15mm    f/7.1    1/320s    ISO 200

    Logan Valley sunset:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    18mm    f/22.0    1/8s    ISO 200

    Abandoned homestead north of the town of Mt Vernon:
    E-M1    OLYMPUS 35-100mm Lens    100mm    f/2.0    1/3200s    ISO 200

    Fox, Oregon. Many of these small towns are slowly fading away:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    8mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 200

    No ethyl in Fox:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    8mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    Old fire truck in Fox:
    E-M5MarkII    OLYMPUS M.8mm F1.8    8mm    f/1.8    1/6400s    ISO 200

    I'm a geology nerd, so I was happy to stop in the town of Fossil to dig for 33 million yr old plants behind the high school. All it takes is a $5 donation to their school budget:
    E-M5MarkII    OLYMPUS M.30mm F3.5 Macro    30mm    f/11.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    Antelope School was ground zero during the Rajneesh crisis of the early 80's- it's quite a story, featuring a pretty significant bio-terrorism incident:
    E-M5MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0    18mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    ISO 200

    The Clarno Palisides of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. These formations are a volcanic lahar, and this particular chute actually becomes a waterfall in high rain events. This was about the most vertigo inducing shot ever as I was inches away from a holy shit dropoff:
    E-M5MarkII    OLYMPUS M.8mm F1.8    8mm    f/20.0    1/30s    ISO 200
    This stuff is pretty far off the beaten path, but well worth seeking out.
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  2. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Great photos, we have been staying in Prairie City. I recognize many of your shots. Logan Valley is my wife’s favorite. Too bad I wasn’t aware of you coming. Could have shown you some gems around here.
  3. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi @Underwater@Underwater, FYI some of the images have disappeared from your post.
  4. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Curious as to what bear tastes like? :hmmm:

  5. Underwater

    Underwater Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Eugene, Oregon
    ...Weird. I re-uploaded them; thanks for the heads-up.

    ...it's a red meat, but with similarities to pork so I had it all ground into a spicy italian sausage by Russell's Meats in Canyon City (they do a phenomenal job, and it's worth looking them up for their deli sandwiches if you're in the area). It's really good- I actually prefer it to venison and I'm guessing if I offered you something made with the sausage you would think it was high-quality pork. I'm told there's a lot of variability in taste depending on what they've been eating, but our group has bagged many bears over the years and they've all been good.
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  6. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    My beloved and I are long overdue for a trip back to Eastern Oregon. Oregon is probably my favorite state to wander in, and I really enjoyed my times east of the Cascades. Then again, the coast and wine country around Dayton always seem to call as well. And thanks for the description. I would be happy to give it a try if I am in the area and it is on the menu.

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  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Great shots! It's wonderful country out there. My now-wife and I spent a weekend at Washington Family Ranch as part of a Young Life conference back when we were part of it. It's literally the Rajneesh compound, now converted into a very nice Christian camp. The hotels we stayed in were original buildings from the compound. It was surreal, but really is a lovely place now, in the absolute middle of nowhere.

    Got to love the remote wilderness of Oregon, there are some virtually untouched places, which are all too rare in America now.
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  8. jmwhite151

    jmwhite151 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 21, 2017
    Great pictures! And the brief narratives really add to the experience. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Some of our favorite places up-R.

    My wife's family homesteaded E-OR in the mid 19th century. Many of those old abandoned homesteads were due to two back-to-back extreme winters around 1890. And that area has recorded the coldest temps in OR.
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