Following the Fall Colors

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McDowell Creek Park, Linn County, Oregon
My only other companion. Hello Deer!

It’s been sunny in Oregon, which is weird, because by now we would ordinarily have had many inches of rain. It’s been nice for photography, though. I was able to get out the other morning and shoot at McDowell Creek Park. It’s in a small valley, so even at 9:00 a.m. I beat the sun and worried for my safety, as it is in cougar country. I saw some tracks by the side of the road and was checking them out. As I turned to head back to my car, I saw something up the gravel road across the street from me. A buck was about halfway up the hill, watching me. I went back to my car and stood there silently, hoping he’d come down.

He started making his way down through the brushy hillside and crossed the road down a ways from where I was waiting. Darn! I grabbed my camera and walked toward the river, thinking (mistakenly, perhaps) that if there was a deer, there probably wasn’t a cougar. As I rounded the bend,  there he was, watching me. I managed to fire off a couple of shots before he went bounding into the underbrush. I have to say, this was the highlight of a beautiful day in the woods.

Oh, and I got a decent shot of the fall colors, too. 😉 If you are interested, it can be purchased here.

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