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Hawley Bog Sunset. January 22, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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My planned excursion to Hawley Bog this morning didn’t happen.

When I woke at 5am with plans to be driving at 6, it was five degrees F out, and being alone, it didn’t seem prudent to go snow-shoeing around off-trail, crossing snow covered streams (some of them deep) to get to where I wanted to be.

I’d have gone with my usual Partner In Crime Lizz; it’s a totally different game taking chances with a capable friend close at hand.  But alone, uh-uh.  My desire to live life fully includes both intensity and longevity.

Hell, I’m just gettin’ good!

Besides, it was so friggin’ cold out, and my bed was nice and warm.  🙂

So, all you folks get is the previous night’s sunset, snagged during my recon for the morning shoot which didn’t happen.  It wasn’t a promising evening for a “keeper,” as thick clouds were moving in and the Magic Hour was slipping away, but I got across the first major stream and set up Elliot in about three feet of snow.  To get a fallen tree in the foreground and the jagged spruce snags on the skyline, I applied a degree and a half of tilt, focused on both and waited for a break in the clouds.

And waited, and stomped around, and waited some more.  My watch said it was now or never; the sun was setting, and that would be that.

Then, as these things are wont to happen, the horizon cracked just enough to allow me a few dim shots, of which this one had the most to offer:

I had to bring the levels up in Photoshop, but hey, that’s what the kids do these days, and if us Old Farts want to stay in the game we’d better learn to do it too.

Anyway, I had to have something to show for the effort of breaking a trail in for the ‘morrow, and I do mean “breaking it in;” the whole thing was a latticework of icy brush and boughs bent to the ground and linked in luminous lace.  It was a beautiful pain in the ass, and I’m happy to have salvaged something from the evening’s work.

I’ll be back there in the light, if I can manage it while the icework lingers.

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1. beatgrl - January 22, 2011

I’m looking forward to seeing the morning view.

2. sherry - January 23, 2011

really pretty but it’s that cold here too and i’d rather stay under my quilt too.

3. Stephanie - January 23, 2011

Since finding you months ago through Mock, Paper & Scissors I’ve lurked on your site. Your pictures are spectacular and I enjoy looking at them on a regular basis. I figured it was time to come out and tell you how much I appreciate what you do.
Regards from Central Oregon.

4. littlebangtheory - January 23, 2011

Stephanie, Welcome! I often wonder if anyone gets here from MPS (I’ve had two or three comments, which is my only clue) and I’m really happy to hear from you. Thanks for your words of appreciation. I hope to merit them going forward as well.

Stay warm in beautiful Central Oregon – I did a bit of climbing in the Eastern Cascades (Liberty Bell and so forth) and was very much taken by the scenery!

beatgrl, sorry to disappoint, but it was Just. Too. Cold! Even later today, the clouds grew thick and the wind picked up as I tried to return, and I thought better of it. 😦

sherry, thanks – I spent the better part of this morning under the covers as well!

5. susan - January 23, 2011

It was wise of you not going out alone in those circumstances. The picture of the previous night’s sunset is lovely enough in itself.


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