Oregon Arch - Fall Hunting



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This arch of volcanic basalt reaches out from a western Cascade ridge toward the North Santiem River. The arch is at 4,000ft, and in mid-October, the maples are deep red and the berries are frost sweetened. The morning sun warms the lichen-covered rock and dries out the mushrooms on the forest floor.

I came to the woods to hunt the grouse that hunt the berries and choose a few golden fungus to enjoy them with. Now, I'm a lover of birds, great and small. If there's a bird of prey watching over a field as I drive by, I can tell you what species it is, what variation and probably whether its male or female. When a nuthatch visits my backyard feeder to grab a sunflower seed to hammer on a nearby perch. I notice, I observe, and I listen. When I'm out on a summer hike on a Cascade ridgeline and spot a blue grouse on the trail, I stop and watch and admire. If the same thing happens on an October weekend, though, I have my 20 gauge, and I take that grouse home. I also pick some chantrelles in the woods to go with it in a nice casserole. It's another way I connect with nature.

This Saturday morning yielded three grouse (2 Blues and 1 Rough), approx. 20lbs of Chantrelle Mushrooms, a good deal of exercise, and this photo.
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Date Created 10/17/2010

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mattu Over 1 year ago
Another great pano and that casserole sounds great.
daryldarko Over 1 year ago
Inspirational location AND execution. Well done!
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
Best yet! I think we need to feature your work on the home page again soon :-)
synthhero Over 1 year ago
Like, TODAY for example :-)
WJRZ711 Over 1 year ago
Very well done-thank you
GigaView Over 1 year ago
Thanks for featuring my work on the home page again, Photosynth team. It's always nice to see the views count rise!

It is a great thing to be able to share my images via Bing Maps with the context of the location.
Through_My_Eyes Over 1 year ago
When I grow up I want to be able to take photos as good as yours!
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