Best of Landscape from last year

2015 was a good year of small road trips to many places near and far. This collection of images is sorted from so many adventures that it is really not my ten best. (too hard for me to judge)  Just a collection to show some of the diverse and beautiful parts or the world we live in.  In Febuary I did a cool four day road trip through Central Oregon which I had wanted to do for quite some time. The amazing volcanic regions of the Deschutes River and the John Day Fossil Beds was a treat. As well as sitting at the rim of Crater Lake watching the sun go down. Leaving Oregon I made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls near Portland. After the virtual desolation of the central areas it was difficult competing with the throngs of people walking up to see this landmark. But it was understandable why so many people visit it once I saw how truly impressive it was. The old arched bridge frames the scene perfectly.

eiko and jody off on an adventureSeveral trips exploring the upper parts of Vancouver Island led mygirlfriend and I to some magical places. Some hidden away waterfalls, lonely rivers, dramatic beaches and more filled our adventures. We travelled more than a few miles on backroads this year to find rivers to snorkel in and beaches to frolic on.  We were reminded again that right in our backyard are so many incredible places. You really don’t have to travel far to see wonderous sites. Its just about getting out and going down roads you havent been on before. And even more fun is going down roads that have no signs and you don’t know where they lead.

exploring cactus forestOf course its always fun to go to exotic places as well. This year I spent a week in Baja Mexico, between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. I loved this dry desert area with ocean on both sides. It was a very spontaneous trip and my travel partner and I had some great experiences, again going down roads less travelled.

 

Here are my “Top Ten” Landscape images from 2015. In no particular order.

lake reflection Reflection in lake on Hwy 4 to Tofino.

oyster bay sunsetSunset at Oyster Bay near Campbell River.

naka creek waterfall Naka Creek Waterfall North of Sayward on Vancouver Island.

multnomah falls in black and white                               Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

lava butte Lava Butte, a rugged lava field along the banks of the Deschutes River, Central Oregon.

kings peak strathcona park Kings Peak in Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island.

hornby island sunset over sandstoneTafoni Sandstone formations on a rocky shore of Hornby Island, BC

ballandra bay sardine shoalBallandra Bay North of La Paz, Baja Mexico.  The dark shoal in the water is sardines schooling.

crater lake oregonCrater Lake in Central Oregon. This massively deep lake is kept full only by snow and rain. 

 Gold River and Muchalat RiverConfluence of the Gold and Muchalat River on Vancouver Island. 

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