Hello Photography friends!  After a two month sabbatical, from First Friday festivities, I will be back with with new Fine art prints at my familiar haunt, of Patagonia of Bend.  Patagonia of Bend is located at 920 NW Bond Street, in Downtown Bend, Oregon.Fall Art Hop and my show will take place this Friday, 10/7/2011.  I’ll be in the store from 5:00 PM until about 9:00PM.   Rumor has it that the affable owner of Patagonia of Bend, Rod Bien, will be providing his signature frosted animal cookies and some only slightly toxic white wines, for free!  I’ll be showing some new prints including the image of Tumalo Falls with summer wildflowers seen below.  This Tumalo falls photograph is printed, framed and ready to show.  It is definitely my favorite summer image of Tumalo Falls, and I think my collerctors will love it!

Bend Oregon's Tumalo Falls with summer wildflowers

Bend Oregon's Tumalo Falls with summer wildflowers

The diversity of color and texture make this a visually stunning print.  Because of the heavy snow fall in the Central Oregon Cascades last winter, Tumalo Falls’ flow was the highest I’ve seen it last summer, so it will be all but impossible to duplicate this wildflower and waterfall Photograph.

The following image of Paulina Peak, Paulina Lake and the Central Oregon Cascades as seen from the Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument will also be premiered during Bend’s First Friday Art Hop.

Newberry Crater and Paulina Lake

Newberry Crater and Paulina Lake

This Newberry Crater/Paulina Lake is one I’ve been trying to capture for two years.  Until now I’d been foiled by snow,clouds, wind, you name it, I’ve been beaten by it, until now!  A wonderfully colorful sunrise against the pinnacles of Paulina Peak, heavy snow cover on Mt. Bachelor and the distant Three Sisters, and the misty shores of  Paulina Lake far below make this landscape photograph worthy of all my efforts.  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!

One of my favorite Prints and one that I have shown very lightly is from Canyon Creek Meadow, at the base of Central Oregon’s Three Fingered Jack.  The Canyon Creek Meadow hike is one of my favorites in the Bend area and this is one of the most flower filled landscape photographs I’ve seen.  There are always lots of lupines in Canyon Creek Meadow but the year of this photo was exceptional.  It was simply the best and most dense stand of Lupines I’ve ever seen.

Canyon Creek Meadow hike

Canyon Creek Meadow hike

Another lightly shown image in my collection of Landscape photographs is from Bend’s beautiful Deschutes River Trail.  The Deschutes River runs through the middle of my beautiful hometown of Bend, and the Deschutes River Trail parallels much of the Deschutes River.  The section of the river trail seen in this stunning autumnal image is located south of the city of Bend.  This photograph was captured last fall, perhaps the best year for fall color along the Deschutes River that I’ve ever witnessed.

Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon

Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon

The fact that such beautiful scenery can be found just minutes from the city of Bend makes me feel lucky to live here!

I haven’t yet decided which additional prints I will display during the First Friday Art Hop, but the following image of the Oregon cascades is a leading candidate as it captures what I think is the best composition of Oregon’s beautiful Cascade mountains.

Oregon Cascade Mountains

Oregon Cascade Mountains

Please, if you are out this Friday(10/7/2011), stop by Patagonia@Bend and say hello!  I look forward to seeing some of my photography friends and to meeting some new ones.

See you Friday Night,

Mike Putnam