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Cannon Beach

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at an amazing house on the edge of Ecola State Park overlooking Cannon Beach, Oregon. We had a great sunset as the storm began to open up just enough to really get the fog in the mountains to pop out. Was definitely an awesome view!

Fog and storm clouds above the mountains and Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Taken from the edge of Ecola State Park

Fog and storm clouds above the mountains and Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Taken from the edge of Ecola State Park

Dunes along the beach in Cannon Beach, OR with haystack rock and the mountains in the background

Dunes along the beach in Cannon Beach, OR with haystack rock and the mountains in the background

Diamond Lake

On a failed attempt to try make it to snowy Crater Lake because of very bad weather, we decided to backpack in and camp around Diamond Lake instead. It was definitely not as beautiful as Crater Lake would have been, but it was still awesome to snowshoe in and explore the area in the deep snow. Our hike in was a very wet one, with about 6 inches of snow accumulating our first night and another 6 inches the following day. We had a great time still even with the snow and dug out a nice kitchen area to stay dry while cooking and eating. The heavy snowfall definitely built up quickly on the tent and had to be frequently hit off to keep it from getting too heavy.

On our last day there, we woke up to beautiful blue sky and great visibility of Mt Thielsen, Mt Bailey and even the rim of Crater Lake. Unfortunately the nice weather didn’t stick around too long though and by the time we had hiked the few miles around the snowy lake back to our car it was getting stormy again. It was nice to be able to get out and explore the area in the quiet beauty of the winter. Hopefully we can get down to Crater Lake again and actually be able to make in!

Walking through the snowy forest near Diamond Lake, Oregon 

Camp site with our tent and kitchen fort with tarp to keep us dry

Hiking through the snowy forest near Diamond Lake, Oregon

Heavy snow falling at the creek on the north side of Diamond Lake, Oregon

Snow and very low visibility during an evening hike at Diamond Lake, Oregon

Heavy snow falling at our campsite near Diamond Lake coating our tent

Lots of snow accumulated overnight on our  snowshoes!

Beautiful blue sky on our last day camping near Diamond Lake

Mount Bailey and a snow covered Diamond Lake with storm clouds starting to move in.

Mount Thielsen above Diamond Lake Resort in southern Oregon 

Panoramic of snow covered Diamond Lake with Mt Thielsen, Mt Bailey and Crater Lake caldera in the middle

Backpacking out next to snowy Diamond Lake and Mt Thielsen in the distance

Oneonta Gorge

On a beautiful fall day, we made the hike out to Lower Oneonta Falls. The hike out the gorge was so awesome with the 25 million year old basalt walls towering above on both sides. The water got to just above our waist and was definitely a little chilly. The uniqueness and how beautiful it all was definitely made it worth it!

Clear water on the hike out Oneonta Gorge. 

Clear water on the hike out Oneonta Gorge. 

The awesome reward of hiking up Oneonta Gorge is going for a dip in the pool below the Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon.

The awesome reward of hiking up Oneonta Gorge is going for a dip in the pool below the Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon.

Hike up the river to Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon

Hike up the river to Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon

Hiking in the amazing Oneonta Gorge surrounded by 25 Million year old Basalt walls covered in moss.

Hiking in the amazing Oneonta Gorge surrounded by 25 Million year old Basalt walls covered in moss.

Frozen Abiqua Falls

I decided to take advantage of the recent cold weather that we have been having and my first trip out to Abiqua Falls. I knew that it was going to be perfect conditions for some really cool shots. I was most definitely right, It was very cool and surreal having tons of huge icicles hanging all around this big waterfall.

 

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon