Photography road trip: Five autumn days in the heart of Oregon’s best

Here are some highlight photos from a quick trip across Oregon in early October. These images are truly spectacular when viewed hi-res.

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Paradise in Oregon lives up to its name any time of year, but especially in the fall, when the fog rolls in off the McKenzie River with a backdrop of golden leaves.

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I really appreciated the egret (near center of photo above) hanging around for this image of the Siuslaw River flowing through Mapleton, Oregon in early October.

 

I promised myself I’d egretfly5490get some egret photographs on this trip. This one was coming in for a landing on the far shore of Fern Ridge Reservoir at Perkins Peninsula Park outside Eugene, Ore.

 

 

 

 

 

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A gloomy morning barely allows a glimpse of idyllic, old town Florence, Oregon on the banks of the Siuslaw River before fog rolls in to obscure the scene. There is some incredible detail in this image, from the dock to the flag on the boat, the gazebo and the architecture.

 

 

 

Mo's Reflection, Siuslaw River, Florence, Oregon 5520

You’d have to agree the night entices us with her mysteries along the Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon. Mo’s Restaurant is brilliantly lit from within, even as it is reflected from without, but what movement, what people, what secrets does this place keep, both inside and along its docks? One wants to peek in the windows like a peeping Tom… as the river flows rippling in the reflected light, shadows hide much more: the banks and the docks, and the river’s inevitable, invisible destiny.

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Family perfect: Water’s Edge Resort

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With four generations of family joining us, we hosted our Second Annual Family Campout at Water’s Edge RV Resort in beautiful Cascade, Idaho.

Situated along the banks of the Payette River, it’s the perfect little haven for family camping, fun and relaxation.

Yet it’s still quiet enough even for more seasoned RVers.

Along with our RV site, we took the tent camping site next door for the families with little kids. And those little kids had some laughing good times, with plastic canoes and play boats available to float the serene flatwater of the Payette River. They carved new landscapes in sand along the beach and gawked in awe as a pair of osprey dove into the river for fresh fish.

eFamilyCamp9224Fishing opportunities for humans abound, too, with anglers plying the waters from the Cascade bridge and from shore for native trout and other species. And you’ll find over 90 lakes and more than 165 streams within 50 miles.

Bird watchers and photographers are rewarded with great sightings of pelicans, osprey, Canada goose, ducks and other winged critters. We saw deer and fox both nights we were there.

Our hosts were gracious and anxious to please. We inquired in person about a month before the camp, and made reservations for both sites without a deposit required. Friendly staff came by offering firewood, and tickets to the resort’s specialty: a sumptuous Sunday breakfast served al fresco.

“Wake up on Sunday mornings to a delightful mountain eFamilyCampTim9140breakfast grilled outside just for you and our other guests,” their web site chimes. “The aroma of grilled ham, sausage patties, grilled potatoes and onions, French toast, pancakes and scrambled eggs will guide you…”

Those who come for the weekend but like to sleep in on Sundays won’t be left out: You get a free, fresh-baked cinnamon roll Saturday mornings at riverside.

Dinner time at our camp sites featured family favorites, with burgers and Beddar Cheddars with all the fixings, right down to the S’mores with fire-roasted marshmallows for dessert.

But the day didn’t end with dinner. A couple of us found a night sky stuffed with stars, following a foot path away from the campground. Beautiful night skies can be seen from a bend in the river just downstream from camp.

You can bend an arm making long passes during impromptu games of football, or just relax, watching the kids play by the water in this quiet, dream-come-true family campground. There’s badminton, volleyball and horseshoe pits ready for you to  play.

And lounge chairs by the water,  ready for you to chill.

Visit http://watersedgervpark.com/index.asp for more details.

If you go:

Water’s Edge RV Resort is about 80 miles north of Boise on Highway 55
Address:
P.O. Box 1018
620 North Main St.
Cascade, ID 83611
1 (800) 574-2038
info@watersedgervpark.com