Monday, September 10, 2012

New adventures, new stage!

Hey guys, I know it's been a ghost town over here, but I've been swamped with work as a wedding photographer as well as writing up adventures for I'm about to start putting up some sweet adventure blogs with awesome photos so you should come on over and check it out! Eugene is a beautiful city full of hikes, biking trails, rivers to raft and I just finished my Scuba certification.

Also I've been posting adventure photos over on my corresponding Facebook pages, Lacey LaDuke Photography and EugeneOutdoors. Here's a little teaser, come give me some love!

Milkyway over Sisters Oregon from Dee Wright Observatory
Moab, Utah - Sunset in the Devil's Garden
Awesome Pavilion Wedding in Spokane

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Proxy Falls - McKenzie River Highway

I've been really busy lately with a move to Oregon yet still working in Washington. Despite the inconvenience this has opened a whole new chapter of adventures for me! Before I moved down earlier this fall I made a trip to Proxy Falls along the McKenzie Highway. If you're passing through and don't take a moment to stop and hike up to it you are really missing out! Check out the link above for the article I wrote for Eugene Outdoors to get the adventure specifics.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Joshua Tree National Park

Wow, what a whirlwind this winter has been so far! I'm a few adventures behind still and wanted to share a few quick snaps from Joshua Tree National Park in November before I go bury myself under a pile of work for the next month! They've been having 80 degree weather this December while I'm up here in Spokane freezing my butt off. It really isn't fair, is it? Regardless, enjoy my adventure by taking a look through my lens.
Dead Snag at J-Tree
What's a J-Tree post without a Joshua Tree?
This next photo was an extra special treat. I rarely see sheep on my adventures and there's guys were only about a mile off the road on a popular loop trail. They were weary of humans, but not nearly as much as the ones I have seen up north. 
Big Horn Sheep
Honestly I can't wait to go back, I could spend days or even weeks exploring the modestly sized playground. Next time I'm not going to forget my climbing gear though! The granite there is otherworldly!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paulina Lake - Newberry Crater, OR

Last weekend I jumped at the chance to take a road trip around Central Oregon. My first proposed stop was a visit to The Newberry Crater Volcanic Monument just south of Bend, OR. The crater is actually a 17 mile wide caldera of a 500sq mile super volcano that once covered a large chunk of Central Oregon.

It was dark and as we drove up the crater to get to Paulina Lake in search of somewhere to camp we realized that the landscape around us was changing and before we knew it there was frost and snow to greet us. It was COLD! Thank god for 0 degree down sleeping bags! The weather was calm though so there was no chill breeze freezing us while we took night photos.

Paulina Peak over Paulina Lake at Sunrise
Paulina Lake at Sunrise
At sunrise the next morning we were talking with a few fishermen who said that East Lake (Paulina Lake's sister lake within the crater) was stocked with Atlantic Salmon, it seems odd to me, but it might be the sort of fact that a fisherman might like ot know before they head up.

We went in October and didn't see anyone aside from a couple of guys with little fishing boats. The bathrooms and dumpsters were locked, as was the gate to the top of Paulina Peak.Plan accordingly for seasonal closures.

If you're in the area and the roads are free from snow it is definitely worth seeing. Also don't miss the obsidian flow, it's a 50ft thick glassy patch of lava that covers nearly a square mile in the crater. There are also hot springs, ice caves, several camping areas and a waterfall all nearby.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn Adventure

There's a chill in the air that motivates me to put on my hiking boots a brightly colored scarf and venture out into the mountains. The warm inviting colors in the trees and the smell of the damp earth call to me almost more urgently than the first signs of summer do. Right now I'm sitting chained to a desk, working my butt off but in the next two weeks I am determined to show you some fall colors and drip my aching bones into a nice warm soak.
The change in seasons comes and goes quickly in the northwest and winter will be here soon so these few weeks while the autumn shaded leaves are still on the tress is a magical time.
Get out and enjoy it if you can, it will be gone before you know it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hello Milkyway

Saturday night I went out to Dee Wright Observatory which is the highest point on Mackenzie Pass to watch the meteor shower and shoot the milkyway. It was cold and breezy and I was beat from a day of hiking around Clear Lake & Proxy Falls. I snapped a few shots and came up with one I liked:It's definitely best viewed on black.
If your monitor is calibrated properly you should be able to see the Sisters in the foreground. Here at work I'm not able to make them out unfortunately.