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Koepke Slough

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Along the lower Umpqua River in western Oregon. This point is just about 7 miles (12 km) above the Umpqua River's mouth along the Pacific Ocean at Winchester Bay.

This is a beautiful elk viewing area and I drove past a large heard grazing just east of here. It was windy and really pouring rain. I stopped here as there is a large wood shelter where I could (at least partially) get out of the elements with the tripod. I was surprised to see a park ranger patrolling the area on foot in this weather. He said he lived here and it is an ongoing labor of love. He enthusiastically pointed to a large hollow tree where he said a bald eagle had established his home. We enjoyed meeting one another as the rain blew sideways.

Should you wish to see what the Umpqua River looks like (off to my left) - here is a link taken from a gentle rise along the highway just west of this spot. Koepke Slough runs along that flat area where the river widens at right.

[tomorrow]: We take a break for our 'Stupid Tuesday' / 'Fine Art Nude' fans - with one of my favorite images from 2008. Back to the Oregon rains in Reedsport on Wednesday - as these travels continue towards California.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice, i like the colours

19 Apr 2010 5:32am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Love it, the movement of the water and the wind in the long grass draws your eyes right in, muted, soft, moody and gorgeous!

19 Apr 2010 10:47am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Wonderful landscape. Especially love the moody soft colors.

19 Apr 2010 11:31am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Clearly a damp and windy day, but a beautiful landscape none the less

19 Apr 2010 12:53pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Natural colours..and this odour !!!

19 Apr 2010 12:53pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

The flooded grasses point forward to the promise of the next image. best...jerry

19 Apr 2010 2:37pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Very beautiful ! A superb diagonal foreground leading to tis beautiful landscape !

19 Apr 2010 2:43pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oh, this is lovely, Stephen. A wonderful scene.

19 Apr 2010 9:33pm

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

A wise choice to incorporate the foreground instead of that sky I feel =D)


19 Apr 2010 10:59pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Cool shot Stephen, although i really LOVE that other one!!!! You've done a great job with the miserable weather you, did ya see that bald eagle????? Gonna surprise us with that shot?????

19 Apr 2010 11:55pm

@Susan: No, Susan - sorry to disappoint you. Unlike the idiot photographer and park ranger - the eagle had sense enough to stay in, snuggle with his honey, and serve left-overs.

Josh from Madison, Maine, United States

I love when you get hilly forest images where a mist has settled in the valleys. You nailed that in the background. The perspective on the river is fantastic, you capture just enough of it in the distance to clearly show its line as it exits stage right, which I also like. I wish you had the exif data posted :)

20 Apr 2010 4:45am

@Josh: Thank you, Josh. I am always happy to provide the data. My Adobe Photoshop processing path employs the 'save for web and devices' which cuts the data. I do wish Adobe would correct this archaic flaw.

Canon 5D-mkII w/ Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens - ISO 320 - at 16mm - f/11 - 1/100th sec.

Karthik from Chennai, India

Lovely view. The curving stream with the hills in the background, just like a dream

20 Apr 2010 10:17am

@Karthik: Thanks, Karthik - it is a beautiful area and I wanted to capture the lush pallet of nature's colors here. You wouldn't imagine how stormy it was.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Lots of nice layers and lines !!

20 Apr 2010 2:59pm