Sunday, June 18, 2006

Postcard from Eastern Oregon

On Friday we made the final leg of our journey, heading west on U.S. 20 from Ontario, Oregon, to Eugene, Oregon. Eastern Oregon, through Bend, is a mix of high plains and high desert---a sparse yet intricate canvas of low hills, lower brush, and brilliant blue sky. To whit, some photos:


For much of the first portion of our journey, we followed the Cottonwood Creek River through ancient volcanic hills.
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Wind and dryness were our companions as the winding two-lane road courted the river for many miles.
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As we neared central Oregon, and Bend specifically, we entered sagebrush plateaus and juniper-dotted uplands.
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A close look revealed a surprising variety of wildflowers in bloom, including this sage.
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And a bit closer view.
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And closer even still.
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Other flowers include spreading fleabane, which also visits the Sonoran desert from which we came.
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The woody portions of the sage and other plants also played host to lichens and other sub-alpine beauties.
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Lots of yellow wildflowers were also blooming. Not sure what these are.
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Next: A few snapshots from the Cascades.

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