Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Eastern Oregon - Day 1

As you travel east from Bend, the scenery changes dramatically.
Everywhere there are reminders that we really do live in a desert.
First we head off toward the Steens Mtns, in the southeast of the state.

The scenery constantly changes as your altitude changes. Here we are on the edge of Malhuer Lake, south of the town of Burns. This late in summer it can be pretty dry, but come spring it will begin to fill with snow melt ... and a myriad of bird species.
It always amazes me how many water fowl depend of these desert lakes.
Australia's Lake Eyre is another example ... and it only fills every 7 years on average.

You might think attitudes also change as you move into more isolated areas. "Is it safe to get out of the car here?"
Actually, this isn't all that uncommon of a sight ... even in Australia ... where guns are banned!


lv2scpbk said...

beautiful views

Wendy said...

Looks like some bullets ignored the "stop" sign. I posted a stop sign the other day, and was suprised to see another posted. Your's is much more interesting. Guess someone saw it as a good target.

drpack said...

The really good targets are those for animal crossings ... they can get almost destroyed!

M.Benaut said...

It's amazing, the road signs that are full of bullet holes.
Even up here on the S-E Freeway you see this.
There must still be a lot of guns here in Oz, judging by the damage.

I passed your message on the the person you asked about but the staff said she was in Las Vegas !!!