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Morning alpine glow in central Oregon

The alarms are ringing!! It’s 4:45 a.m. m. on a Saturday morning. “What the hell am I doing awake??” Oh yeah, I’m a landscape photographer. That’s what I do. I chase the possibility of a sunrise catching fire over a picturesque scene Reflecting in the water under a snow-capped mountain range. Main lines that push me to the scene. A feeling of being in a trance when all this happens. The perfect image. An image that one is excited to retrieve and edit to share with other photographers and fans alike.

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My friend Andrew Sambuceto and I got out of bed this Saturday morning to head to Dutchman Flatts for Mt. Bachelor. We snowshoeed up the Cascade Lakes Highway in hopes of another magical sunrise we experienced two months earlier at Sparks Lake. It is that same hope that gets us out of bed before dawn. Walk in the desert, losing the feeling on your face, to catch that surreal picture of your life scene.

This trip was not one of those once-in-a-lifetime photo trips, but a trip worth remembering. The color of the morning captivated us for that brief moment to gather the color on these snowy peaks leaving us with a sense of accomplishment for this trip. Something to chat about on the ride back up the mountain, which in turn leads to more conversations about the next big plans for another unforgettable trip to amazing off-the-beaten-path locations in the PNW. Deja vu……. The same conversation we have after every photo trip. The same experiences that keep us coming back every time.

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