Friday, August 6, 2010

More from Marys Peak

A great thing about taking photos at Marys Peak is the variety of subjects and the variety in the scale of those subjects. They range from views of Mt Jefferson across the Willamette Valley, 87 miles (140 km) from peak to peak ...

... to square inches for close-up views of wildflowers.

Designated as the Marys Peak Botanical Special Interest Area, there is an interesting mix of plants due to the peak being the highest in the Coast Range (4097 ft, 1249 m).

The day of our visit, two things were very noticeable, the many butterflies visiting the wildflowers and the thick blanket of clouds below the north side of the mountain.

Looking forward to another visit during a different season - always something new to see.


BeemerGirl said...

Seems you found the perfect time to visit and catch the pretty flowers and clouds. But strange to see the brown clouds (smog) in the valley.

Rob R Robinson said...

The smoggy look is probably due to several factors. There area many square miles of fields being cut for hay and hay being baled which contributes a lot of dust. We haven't had rain in over a month - more dust. There is a forest fire burning just on the other side of the Cascades. And I-5 running thru the valley contributes a lot of vehicle exhaust. Shooting at 270mm thru all of that, I was surprised to see Mt Jefferson as well as we did.