One of the perks of the job I have is that I get to travel pretty much throughout the entire Northern portion of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Rather than take the Interstate 5 Freeway, I prefer to take the scenic route – sometimes even purposely trying to “get lost” and finding my way back to civilization. That’s really the only way I’m going to find the really good scenes that will create really spectacular images.
Yesterday I had a job in Stayton. I nice, quaint little community East of Salem. I took the scenic route, and brought my camera. A lot of times it’s not worth taking my camera because I’m traveling early in the morning and it usually stays dark until I get to my destination. I’m a schools photographer, and need to be ready to portraits of the kids when they show up at school. I’m usually leaving in the afternoons during the harsh sun light. But it’s still possible to find great images in the harsh sunlight. While traveling along the Cascade Highway yesterday I came across a couple Mustard Grass farms. The landscape scenery was breath taking. I even got out of my car and walked a little ways into the field to find some images for my Flower Photo website. The field was buzzing with bee activity, I swear the whole area was literally vibrating. It was exciting but not something I’d recommend to someone who is allergic to bees. They didn’t bother me at all, probably under the influence of the flower euphoria.
It was definitely a memorable scene and I hope you like these images. Please share with your friends.