The words of a Beatles song, “a long and winding road that leads to who knows where” are the words that come to mind when I first discovered this road while exploring with a friend of mine. A few days later I returned with my camera to capture the beauty that was so captivating. I knew I had to time it out just right, hoping the leaves had turned with deeper reds, yellows, rust and before the next storm would wipe them off the trees.
As I traveled through the canopy of trees that lined the one lane road, my mind just kept focusing on the beautiful canvas God himself had created. Every turn around the next bend the trees would pop with brilliant Fall colors.
One of the photographs that I’ve always had in the back of my mind to capture, involved curved railroad tracks with trees, but I never dreamed I would find my dream shot nestled in the Fall colors in the mountain area 20 minutes from my home.
I can only imagine the scenes I missed had I walked the miles of track that ran along the route. In a ten mile stretch along the road I crossed the tracks at least five times, each having it’s unique look and beauty.
Did I mention that the entire route follows a river. Normally I see the river from a highway that I drive on the other side, however there is no place to pull off to really witness the beauty this area offers. This time of year the river is very low and slow moving. Once the rains begin, this river is fast paced with different water levels throughout the year. I will be returning this winter to capture the beauty once again.
I am blessed to live in an area of Oregon where my home is surrounded by large pine trees, I can be at the ocean in five minutes, or I can be at a place like this in less than 20 minutes.
I’ve been told I live in Paradise, and to be honest, I do!! I thank God every day for the country and place my wife and I live. I am truly blessed.