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Central Oregon Hills


Central Oregon Hills
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Copyright: James Saunders (cantorboi) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 1 N: 21] (230)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Desert, Savannah
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 28-135mm Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-10 21:04
Viewed: 3708
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a shot of the "other" Oregon, the one that most people forget exists: more than 2/3 of the state is arid.

The Cascade Mountains run north-to-south and form an effective barrier against the moist prevailing winds off the Pacific Ocean. The west side of the Cascades is heavily forested and moist (up to 80 inches of precipitation per year at higher elevations) while the east side--pictured here--receives as little as 15 inches per year.

So the rainy, green forests of fir trees really only exist across a small portion of our landscape. Pictured here is the sage-brush and juniper country on the west side of the Deschutes River canyon complex. This is the country of cattle ranching, rattlesnakes and antelope.


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