The Most Beautiful Forests of Oregon

Opal Creek Ancient Forest

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Thomas Shahan / Flickr

 

 

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Loren Kerns / Flickr

 

Cape San Sebastian, Oregon

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Linda Tanner / Flickr

Somewhere south of Newport Oregon I found myself in this dark forest of skinny pines. Fog, shadows and alone-ness…kind of creepy-nice.

After Christopher Columbus, someone explored this area in 1603, naming the location after the patron saint of that particular day. Something like that…according to the sign I read but didn’t totally remember.

Shortly after reading the interpretive sign I found a bug that captured all my attention and the previously introduced facts sort of melted out of my brain.

Ecola State Park

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Darian Wong / Flickr

A Cabin Amongst the Forest

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Forest Road in Oregon by Michael Matti

Having just shot sunrise in Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast I headed out of the park. The drive out of the park took me on winding roads through this beautiful forest. The warm morning light shinning through the trees was enough to make me pull over and take some photos like this one.

 

Smith River Falls

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BLM / Flickr

Smith River Falls recreation site offers 10 camp sites along the Smith River, just above the falls. Camp or picnic beside the flowing river and watch for bald eagles under old growth trees.

Find this location at GPS coordinates N43.79071 Latitude and W123.81403 Longitude, 27 miles northeast of Reedsport, Oregon.

South Umpqua Ranger Station Cabin

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The South Umpqua Ranger Station Cabin, captured in the Umpqua Forest in 1922.

 

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Grand Condit / Flickr

A wooden bridge in the Portland, Oregon Japanese Garden.

 

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Stephanie Ann / Flickr
Stephanie Ann / Flickr

 

Silver Falls State Park

Thomas Shahan / Flickr
Thomas Shahan / Flickr

 

Sneaky Buck

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Jon Nelson / Flickr

A Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in the Central Oregon High Desert. Deer in this part of Oregon migrate seasonally from summer range in the mountains to winter range in the lower elevation sagebrush steppe. Migration and breeding cycles can overlap, resulting in large concentrations of active and visible deer in transitional habitats between summer and winter range.

Magical Oregon Forest

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Bald Knob Lookout

Ali Wade / Flickr
Ali Wade / Flickr

View from Bald Knob Lookout, Siskiyou Forest, Oregon

 

Barlow Creek

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Celeste Ramsay / Flickr

Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

Morning Glow at Minto Brown Park

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Matt Dillon / Flickr

 

Late afternoon sunlight

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ODF / Flickr 

Scene during late afternoon. Taken on Miami Corp. ground during pile burning season. Photo credit to Jennifer Erdman, Stewardship Forester, West Oregon District — Dallas Unit.

Forest Fog

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Byron Hetrick / Flickr  

 

Footbridge at Valley of the Giants

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Celeste Ramsay / Flickr
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