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Bend, Oregon

“Neither Miró nor Picasso.  Signed by nature.”      Sergio da Silva

WELCOME TO BEND
WELCOME TO BEND

After several fun days exploring and eating our way through downtown Portland we hit the road and traveled through the mountains to Bend, Oregon.  Our friends Ken and Marilyn graciously agreed to be our guides, helping us to get oriented and explore some of their favorite hikes and haunts.  We all began pre-dawn on Sunday to see/shoot “Balloons Over Bend”.

NEAR AND FAR - BALLOONS OVER BEND
NEAR AND FAR – BALLOONS OVER BEND
FREE FLOATING
FLOATING FREE

After the balloons we traveled out into the mountains and hit several of their favorite hikes.  On day two we explored some of the beautiful farmland surrounding the city on our way to a delightful day of golf.  Now that we’ve become familiar with the area we are even more psyched to dig into the many things it has to offer. In the meanwhile, here are a few of the sights we’ve seen these past two days.  Thanks Ken and Marilyn – you guys ROCK!

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
WATER POWER
WATER POWER
BOATERS' PARADISE
BOATERS’ PARADISE
HIKERS' HEAVEN
HIKERS’ HEAVEN
REFLECTIONS
REFLECTIONS
MARE AND COLT
MARE AND COLT
FEEDING TIME AT THE FARM
FEEDING TIME AT THE FARM
SEEN BETTER DAYS
SEEN BETTER DAYS

There were SO many photo opportunities and shots I loved that I struggled to keep this one from running on too long.  Hopefully I didn’t get too carried away!

Thanks for staying with me to the end  🙂

Note:  All photos taken with Nikon D/300s

  1. Welcome to Bend:  Nikkor 70-200mm @70mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/200
  2. Near and Far:  Nikkor 70-200mm @175mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/320
  3. Floating Free:  Nikkor 70-200mm @ 150mm, ISO 400,, f/8, 1/400
  4. Water Water Everywhere:  Nikkor 10-24mm @10mm, ISO 100, f/22, 1/4
  5. Water Power: Nikkor 70-200mm @70mm, ISO 100, f/22, 1/4
  6. Boater’s Paradise:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/100
  7. Hikers’ Heaven:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/50
  8. Reflections:  Nikkor 18-200mm @34mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/250
  9. Mare and Colt: Nikkor 18-200mm@200mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320
  10. Feeding Time at the Farm: Nikkor 18-200@200mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400
  11. Seen Better Days:  Nikkor 18-200 @34mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/50
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  1. Hi,
    My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Bend to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂
    Sarah

  2. You’re right Linda. It makes me sad that so many of the visitors we see are not speaking English:-(. It’s just fantastic out here. I’m so glad we did this–having a ball and simply amazed at the beauty. C U soon, t

  3. Your photos make me realize how much we need to see right here in this country, and to do it right, it so requires making the trek by car. We have to bite the bullet next year and go.

  4. Your pictures are so amazing and wonderful! How do you decide which lens to use or are you carrying all of those lenses around with you ? Mary Lynn

    • Hi ML! That’s always a challenge. If I know I want mostly landscapes I bring the 10-24. If close ups or tight zoom needed I bring the 70-200. On this trip I usually brought both because bothe were needed (that’s what husbands are for, portage!). But of I want to travel light and sacrifice a small amount of quality and coverage, I use the 18-200 which covers most all needs pretty well. Thanks for your lovely compliments! T

  5. Your pictures make me realize I made a mistake not driving to Bend when I had the chance 😦 great shots T. K

  6. The photos are glorious and inspiring. what an awesome country we live in!!! Great job Tina. Thanks for sharing these beautiful places with us.

  7. Ok Tina, now you have really done it. You made me jealous enough with your fab photos of Bryce and Zion but now I see you are in my other favorite part of the country! Even though I am green with envy of all your travels PLEASE keep sending me more photos – a girl can dream!

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