Nature

Water

Our image collection was created in the summer (a year ago next Tuesday July 15th!), so quite a few of the photos feature water, a key part of an Oregon summer, for recreation, gardening, and as a key feature of our beautiful state.

A young boy helps water the flowers.  Photo by Stu Mullenberg

A young boy helps water the flowers. Photo by Stu Mullenberg

The view from behind a water fall at Silver Falls State Park.  Photo by Ancil Nance

The view from behind a water fall at Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Ancil Nance

Milo Hernandez, 8, cools off in the Calapooia River near Albany.  Photo by Christopher Onstott

Milo Hernandez, 8, cools off in the Calapooia River near Albany. Photo by Christopher Onstott

Come see us in Hood River in June!

Hosted by the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River and with the generous support of Pro Photo Supply, we're excited to announce an exhibit of our images for the month of June. The month-long exhibit will kick off on Thursday June 5th at 7pm with an evening presentation by four Hood River photographers who participated in the project: Paloma Ayala, Peter Marbach, Thomas Boyd, and Blue Ackerman. You can see a little taste of their work below. We hope to see you at the Columbia Center for the Arts in June!

Michele and her horse, Fancy.  Photo by Paloma Ayala

Michele and her horse, Fancy. Photo by Paloma Ayala

Dick Arnold celebrates sunrise from the top of Mt. Hood.  Photo by Peter Marbach

Dick Arnold celebrates sunrise from the top of Mt. Hood. Photo by Peter Marbach

Chuck Stephens and his daughter Evelyn, 3, of Portland, are pulled through the water in Oneonta Gorge by their husky dog named Monroe.  Photo by Thomas Boyd

Chuck Stephens and his daughter Evelyn, 3, of Portland, are pulled through the water in Oneonta Gorge by their husky dog named Monroe. Photo by Thomas Boyd

A sunrise shot of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood.  Photo by Blue Ackerman

A sunrise shot of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood. Photo by Blue Ackerman

Night Sky

Did you stay up this week to see the blood moon caused by a lunar eclipse? We did! And it inspired us to pull up a few images of the night sky to share today.

Trees from 1989 forest fire silhouette the Northern Lights along the horizon at the Hat Point Overlook near Hell's Canyon.  Photo by Erika Plummer

Trees from 1989 forest fire silhouette the Northern Lights along the horizon at the Hat Point Overlook near Hell's Canyon. Photo by Erika Plummer

The night sky over Sparks Lake, 25 miles west of Bend.  Photo by Michelle Bauer

The night sky over Sparks Lake, 25 miles west of Bend. Photo by Michelle Bauer

A starry sky arches over the city lights of Lincoln City and Siletz Bay to the north in an early morning long exposure photo.  Photo by Ron Cooper

A starry sky arches over the city lights of Lincoln City and Siletz Bay to the north in an early morning long exposure photo. Photo by Ron Cooper

Sunny Silhouette

They are beautiful most places, but we like to think that Oregon has some of the best sunrises and sunsets. Today's featured photographers made use of the light to create beautiful silhouettes.

Camping at Cape Lookout State Park.  Photo by Liz Devine

Camping at Cape Lookout State Park. Photo by Liz Devine

Sunrise at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles from Burns.  Photo by Keith Skelton

Sunrise at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles from Burns. Photo by Keith Skelton

Prayer flags in the first light of day; Andrews School, Andrews, Oregon.  Photo by John Simpkins

Prayer flags in the first light of day; Andrews School, Andrews, Oregon. Photo by John Simpkins

Evening Strolls

After a long day, several of our photographers closed out the day-long shoot with evening strolls outdoors. Today we're sharing a few of these images from late in the day on July 15th.

The golden hour during an evening walk around the wheat fields.  Photo by John Bennett

The golden hour during an evening walk around the wheat fields. Photo by John Bennett

Andrew Dow (left) and his father, Doug, (and Jack the dog) enjoy the view from Mount Pisgah shortly after sunset. The hill, rising about a thousand feet above the surrounding area, is a popular hiking spot, offering panoramic views of the southern Willamette Valley.  Photo by Rob Romig

Andrew Dow (left) and his father, Doug, (and Jack the dog) enjoy the view from Mount Pisgah shortly after sunset. The hill, rising about a thousand feet above the surrounding area, is a popular hiking spot, offering panoramic views of the southern Willamette Valley. Photo by Rob Romig

Moon, Hawthorne Bridge and Portland cityscape from the Vera Katz Esplanade under the Hawthrone Bridge ramp.  Photo by Sue Zalokar

Moon, Hawthorne Bridge and Portland cityscape from the Vera Katz Esplanade under the Hawthrone Bridge ramp. Photo by Sue Zalokar

Happy New Year!

As the sun sets on 2013, we wish you a happy and healthy start to the new year. Our New Year's resolution? To share more photos in new ways in 2014.

North and west of Coos Bay is the North Spit, an unpopulated, windswept sand spit that separates the lower Coos Bay estuary from the Pacific Ocean. The sun dropped slowly to the horizon, and the air turned yellowish orange in the glow of its setting.  Photo by John Bragg

North and west of Coos Bay is the North Spit, an unpopulated, windswept sand spit that separates the lower Coos Bay estuary from the Pacific Ocean. The sun dropped slowly to the horizon, and the air turned yellowish orange in the glow of its setting. Photo by John Bragg

The Ocean

No portrait of Oregon would be complete without including some shots of our coast and the Pacific ocean. July 15th was a rare day on the coast: clear, bright, and beautiful. 

Young boy runs along the beach at Road's End State Recreation Site in Lincoln City.  Photo by Rich Iwasaki

Young boy runs along the beach at Road's End State Recreation Site in Lincoln City. Photo by Rich Iwasaki

Tom Henderson, Oregon's longest living free-dive spear-fisherman in action near Barview Jetty in Garibaldi.  Photo by Josh Humbert

Tom Henderson, Oregon's longest living free-dive spear-fisherman in action near Barview Jetty in Garibaldi. Photo by Josh Humbert

The photographer cleans vacation rentals up and down the coast from Yachats to Newport, and captured this image during her daily drive.  Photo by Lily Hudnell-Almas

The photographer cleans vacation rentals up and down the coast from Yachats to Newport, and captured this image during her daily drive. Photo by Lily Hudnell-Almas

Panorama

In this week's update, we've included several of the panoramic landscapes that were photographed on July 15th. The first panorama of the Portland waterfront, by Mike Franz, was created using Gigapan technology. You can see it using the link below.

An unidentified couple walk their dog at 6:15 a.m. at Fitton Green Natural Area just outside Corvallis.  Photo by Andy Cripe  

An unidentified couple walk their dog at 6:15 a.m. at Fitton Green Natural Area just outside Corvallis. Photo by Andy Cripe 

Crater Lake National Park. Photo by Larry Turner

Crater Lake National Park. Photo by Larry Turner

Birds

Oregon is home to more than 400 species of birds, making us fifth in bird species diversity in the United States. Several shooters captured members of Oregon's bird population on July 15th -- we hope you enjoy their beautiful images!

One of Oregon's youngest bald eagles. The photographer found it near its nest with its mate at Smith Rock State Park.  Photo by George Lepp

One of Oregon's youngest bald eagles. The photographer found it near its nest with its mate at Smith Rock State Park. Photo by George Lepp

A member of the VanDoozer family clutches a chicken in Joseph.  Photo by Erika Plummer  

A member of the VanDoozer family clutches a chicken in Joseph. Photo by Erika Plummer 

Osprey nesting platform with adult and chick near Sumpter.  Photo by Lynn Murrey  

Osprey nesting platform with adult and chick near Sumpter. Photo by Lynn Murrey