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When the first snow fell in the Cascade Range of Central Oregon, I was hoping the snowfall hadn't yet forced the closure of the Cascade Loop Highway, which provides access to a bounty of beautiful alpine lakes west of Bend, Oregon. Sure enough, when I drove out before dawn the next morning, I found the highway open clear through to my favorite lake — Sparks Lake. There are a few locations on the shore of this gorgeous lake that I like to shoot from. One location where I had one of the best shooting experiences I ever encountered was a short walk away from where I parked. I was quite happy with what I saw. Amazing light on the mountains, softly diffused by the clouds of the clearing storm that had dropped fresh snow on the two peaks in full view and reflected in the water — South Sister and Brokentop. Chalk up another fantastic experience at this wonderful location.


Fresh Snow, South Sister

The very first shot I took that morning in early November from the shore of Sparks Lake in the Central Oregon Cascade Range.

  • November 2nd, 2012
  • Canon 5D Mark II

Dawn at Sparks Lake, Oregon

South Sister and Brokentop reflected in the surface of Sparks Lake. I scouted around in between shots to find a satisfying foreground. I knew when I saw the textures of the rock and grass that this was it.

  • November 2nd, 2012
  • Canon 5D Mark II

Mountain Majesty

Everything came together for me that morning. I loved the soft diffused light in the sky and clouds, the luminance of the fresh snow on the mountain, mist rising off the water, and the calm in the lake's surface for the reflection. Sparks Lake and South Sister at dawn. Sparks Lake, Oregon.

  • November 2nd, 2012
  • Canon 5D Mark II

Clearing Storm, Sparks Lake

South Sister and Brokentop reflected in the surface of Sparks Lake.

  • November 2nd, 2012
  • Canon 5D Mark II

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Bjoern Langkilde  over 5 years ago

I was stunned. Excellent shots

Stuart Gordon  over 5 years ago

Bjoern, thank you for taking the time to comment on these images.