Category Archives: Union County Oregon

Elkhorn Mountains Angell Basin

Another backpacking trip with Bob into the Elkhorn Mountains,  This spectacular alpine setting is only an hour’s drive from La Grande. Alluring hikes to wildflower basins and granite peaks abound.  We have often seen mountain goats.  Angell Basin is just one of many places to explore.

 

Elkhorn Mts mountain goats
Elkhorn Mts, Hoffer Lake
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts, Angell Basin
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts, Angell Basin
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts, Crawfish Meadows
Elkhorn Mts, Angell Basin
Elkhorn Mts
Elkhorn Mts

Camping high above Anthony Lake

Bob, my hiking partner of nearly twenty years and I backpacked to the high alpine country above Anthony Lake and Hoffer Lake. The basin where we camped receives little use because the approach is steep and obscure. Two tarns and meadow wildflowers amidst granite boulders add to the beauty.

Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Indian paintbrush
Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Lee’s Peak Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Lee’s Peak, Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake
Lee’s Peak Anthony Lake, Hoffer Lake

After setting up camp, we hiked up formitable gulley.  Terrain and balance challenged us, but the top was rewarding: mountain goats and great views!

Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
Mountain goats Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
mountain goats Hoffer Basin, Hoffer Lake
Anthony Lake
Anthony Lake

Huckleberry Time in the Grande Ronde Valley

The huckleberries are thick this year.  I find it so relaxing simply focused on the berries with nothing else to interrupt my thinking–other than Leif slurping up some berries! (And the Indian paintbrush are gorgeous as well)

 

Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley

 

 

Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow

Rarely does one see a sunset rainbow–the timing of late evening sun, clouds, rain, and color all have to come together for a very brief time.  Last night, it all happened!

 

Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow
Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow
Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow
Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow
Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow
Grande Ronde Valley, sunset rainbow

Room with a view: The backside of Anthony Lake

My hiking partner, Bob, and I camped off the road the travels around the backside of Anthony Lake. The view looked over Chicken Hill and the source. of the. Grande Ronde River. The location was tranquil.

I pitched my tent toward the northwest, where I had hoped to photographed it lighted up with the neowise comet above it.  Unfortunately, the moon was too bright for the comet to show up well, although it was visible through my binoculars.

However, the placement was absolutely perfect for the sunset.  The colors developed first along  the horizon.  Then beautiful pink clouds formed to the northeast. And, finally, the moon was perfect for this time of evening. This sunset was one of the best I have ever enjoyed.

Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country
Anthony Lakes country

 

Lift up your eyes to the Heavens

The Comet NEOWISE has certainly lifted our eyes and our spirits.  I have been out twice so far to see it. I am profoundly stirred as I think of how it moves in our solar system, amidst the vast dimensions and silence of space, known only–and filled–by Creator God.

(PS I took this image with my iPhone 11Pro, half firmly against the roof of my car for four second, looking towards Mt Emily in the Grande Ronde Valley.)

 

Lift up your eyes, Isaiah 40, Mt Emily

 

Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet NEOWISE

Comet NEOWISE watching at Morgan Lake Oregon. I took the sunset pictures. Son Michael, who is a better photographer but not as prolific, took the very cool comet pictures. Be sure your screen is at maximum brightness for the Comet NEOWISE images.

 

Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet neowise
Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet neowise
Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet neowise
Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet neowise
Morgan Lake Oregon, Comet neowise