“Shoulder Season” Mt Bachelor Fall Color
Deschutes National Forest, Bend Oregon
Mt Bachelor fall color. I love the Central Oregon Cascades! All of them. I am happiest for the Oregon Cascades when they are coated with fresh snow. As global warming continues, summers are gradually lengthening and there is a longer time frame when our favorite volcanoes have only sparse, dusty snow fields. Every year, usually after Labor Day weekend, the Central Oregon Cascades get their first significant snowfall, refreshing our mountainous slopes with an energizing coating of beautiful white snow. Retail businesses in the Bend Oregon area refer to the time frame after Labor Day weekend and before the opening of ski season at Mt Bachelor( usually over Thanksgiving Day Weekend) as “Shoulder Season”. I refer to it as Heaven! Fall color abounds in alpine and riparian areas and the mountains often have a life giving coat of fresh, which you now know, makes me happy!
In special shoulder seasons, alpine snows stay at higher elevations, leaving lower elevations with optimal conditions for fall color. I’ve haunted the location of this new fine art print for several consecutive years in hopes of catching some shoulder season magic. Well, this year, I captured the magic. this is the best fall color I’ve seen on the Mountain blueberry bushes that are in this beautiful Nature photograph. Conditions were fantastic, the stars aligned and I got the Mt Bachelor photograph I was after. I am a happy as a snow covered volcano!
Mt Bachelor in Winter, is a beautiful thing but I prefer the hopeful feeling of autumn’s outburst of fall color combined with fresh coatings of snow in the Oregon Cascades. I’ll soon release a couple more “Shoulder Season” images in the next couple weeks, so please check with my Mountains Gallery often.