Oregon’s Three Sisters
“Faith,Hope and Charity”, adorned by a stunning foreground of Indian Paintbrush, high in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area
Oregon’s Three Sisters Mountains are visible to Central Oregonians on most days of the year. As the keystone backdrop to Central Oregon’s skyline, they are undeniably beautiful. During my first Visit to Bend, on a sunny November day, after a fresh snowfall, the Three Sisters shined with a stunning white glow, convincing me to make Central Oregon our home.
While they are undeniably alluring, the Three Sisters have a bit frustrating to photograph in a way that appropriately captures their magic. The most common perspective of them includes all three, South Sister, Middle Sister, and North Sister lined up in a row with Middle and North a bit closer to each other than they are to South Sister. This arrangement of the Sisters spreads them into a thin panoramic line.
Tourists line-up to photograph this arrangement of the Three Sisters, especially at the public viewpoint between Bend and the town of Sisters on Highway 20.
The photo to the right shows Broken Top to the left then, South, Middle and North Sisters.
While the view is magnetic, it suffers as a fine art photograph as it lacks a worthy foreground.
I’ve long struggled to find at the mythical flower-filled foreground that I’ve sought for the last 20 years. At times, I’ve felt like I was hunting for Bigfoot.
It is much easier to find worthy foregrounds for the Three Sisters from their wetter, western slopes, like this beautiful image of them from Scott Lake.
The western view of the Sisters reverses the arrangement of the individual mountains with North Sister on the far left then Middle and South Sisters. While an elegant perspective, it is not the view that Central Oregonians are accustomed to seeing. That’s why I’ve persisted in pursuing my quest to find Bigfoot/a worthy foreground for Oregon’s Three Sisters as viewed from the east.
On my most recent photographic expedition, I struck photographic gold and found Bigfoot! A stunning flower filled foreground of the Three Sisters as seen from the East! In this stunning new Fine Art landscape, you can see four separate glaciers being defiantly held by the Sisters. They are, Lewis Glacier, Prouty Glacier, Diller Glacier, and Hayden Glacier. The fact that the Three Sisters can hold on to snow in the heat of summer has always amazed me. I’m also amazed by their raw beauty and the adventure that they invite. Having found a wildflower filled foreground worthy of these three majestic mountains, I cannot wait to share the beauty of Oregon’s Three Sisters with you!
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