Russell Lake and Mount Jefferson at Jefferson Park

Posted by 1943mike on Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:09 pm

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Olympus E-M1 Mk III, 12-100 f/4 @ 12mm, 1/640 sec., f/5.6, ISO:200.

Last Wednesday (August 12, 2020) I hiked in to Jeff Park on the Whitewater Trail. Said trail is the easiest - about 6 miles to my destination with a mere 1800' in elevation gain. All the elevation gain does occur in the first 4 1/2 miles which, coincidentally, were burned in a raging wildfire back in 2017. The trail was just opened last summer after having been closed for two years.

The weather, although not necessarily ideal for some photography, was certainly ideal for this old hiker - low 50's to start with a little drizzle - which only lasted a few minutes - to the mid 60's on my return.

It was a good hike with nice (albeit cloudy) weather around the mountain so I thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Tired after the 12 miles though.

The only problem that day was my experiencing a flat tire only .8 miles down the 7 miles of gravel road from the parking area. That's another story ....

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by E.J. Peiker on Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:00 pm
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Sounds like a wonderful hike. A nice record of it and great to see some wildflowers. I do wish the sky wasn't going to white in the upper left.

by John Labrenz on Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:04 am
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Perfect weather for a hike!!!
Awesome view of the mtn/lake and also the wildflowers.
I too wish for a better sky...but you must take what is given...
The large size view is a must.

by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:01 pm
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Large view is terrific-love the wild flowers and the beautiful mountains and firs. Sounds like a wonderful hike...(except for the flat tire! )
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by david fletcher on Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:14 am
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Love the info and story Mike. That looks like a great hike to do and well worth it with this vista
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by Carol Clarke on Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:51 pm
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A must click for the larger view - the detail and scenery is stunning!  I guess if you're going to run rampant through the countryside you couldn't have picked a prettier place to do it in, Mike!  :D 

The view of the landscape is a real treat for the eyes - but the icing on the cake is that amazing carpet of wildflowers.  One of my favourites of your images, Mike - this would make a wonderful large print!  A beauty.

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