I love springtime east of the Cascades. The winter rain and snow has subsided, the days are longer; for a short period before the heat of summer arrives everything is green and bursting with life. Through the layered clay hummocks of the Painted Hills rise Chaenactis and Golden Bee-Plant; Prickly Pear and Hedgehog Cactus put on a show of sweet smelling blooms atop nearby Sutton Mountain; and the unmistakable fragrance of Sage and Juniper is simply intoxicating. The familiar cry of Coyote and the ancient stars of the Milky Way are reliable companions in the stillness of the desert night.
A collection of images from last May in the Painted Hills of Central Oregon.