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Philip Kuntz / 2,904 items

N 185 B 1.1K C 36 E Jun 24, 2014 F Aug 7, 2022
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Huh?
There is a name for everything...

An opacarophile is a lover of sunsets. It is composed of "opacare" which is Latin for sunset (or dusk), and 'phile' which is Greek for love.

Didn't know there was a word for we lovers of setting suns. I'm definitely one of them.

The sun is setting here over Redfish Lake and between The Grand Mogul and Mt. Heyburn, of Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range. Great way to end another perfect day.

Have a great week!

Tags:   sunsets sundown dusk evening opacarophile Grand Mogul Mt. Heyburn Sawtooths Sawtooth mountains Stanley Idaho

N 159 B 1.4K C 30 E May 18, 2022 F Aug 6, 2022
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Looking north on Oregon's ice and snow covered Elk Lake. I was tempted to walk out a bit to get a different view, wouldn't haven't gotten too far I suspect.

The Elk Lake Resort in the distance. Quite popular in the summer. Not far from Bend.

"The towering Cascade Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic drive and offer fabulous hiking and challenging rock climbing. Wind your way along the Byway as it climbs into the Deschutes National Forest where fishing, hiking, rafting, and other outdoor sports are plentiful. This area is also a winter playground. For example, Mt. Bachelor's ski resort is filled with snow through June.

As you drive by many bodies of water along the route, it is easy to see why this route was named after the Cascade Lakes. Some of the lakes that you will encounter include Todd Lake, Sparks Lake, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Lava Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir. As you can imagine, this is an angler's paradise. All fishing types can spend hours at the banks of these lakes, fishing for Atlantic salmon and other freshwater fish. Waterfowl and many species of plants thrive here as well."
oregon.com

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hopefully not too hot.

Tags:   Elk Lake Elk Lake Resort snow ice lake Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Deschutes National Forest Bend Oregon

N 178 B 1.8K C 31 E Aug 28, 2015 F Aug 4, 2022
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Titles.....!
Another August shot taken along the Glenn Highway further up the road from the picnic shot I posted yesterday. Here looking south with some of the Chugach mountains in the distance. Loved the turning colors from greens to golds.

Autumn is my favorite season. A treat to get an extra few weeks of it by starting in Alaska.

Thank for taking a look, and for any comments, faves and suggestions!

Tags:   Palmer Glennallen Glenn Highway fall foliage tundra Chugach Mountains landscape Alaska

N 847 B 63.1K C 92 E Aug 28, 2015 F Aug 2, 2022
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Another cool brisk image for these hot summer days.

An inviting picnic spot with a good view found along Alaska's Glenn highway. Chugach mountains in the distance.

Tough shot shooting into the sun. Midday shots can be most challenging.

Thanks for taking a look. Always appreciated!

Tags:   Snowy picnic Alaskan picnic picnic snow fall foliage Glenn Highway Chugach Mountains Alaska summer relief

N 178 B 1.9K C 26 E May 23, 2022 F Aug 1, 2022
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Another view to cool you. The memory of standing here sure refreshes me.

Looking north up Falls Creek as it flows in to Oregon's Sparks Lake. This was my 3rd time hoping to see Sparks Lake and drive the Cascade Lake Highway. Opened the day after I arrived in Bend this time. Snow canyons driving the highway, only saw a few other vehicles. Very quiet and peaceful. Highlight of the trip. However, Sparks Lake was completely covered with snow and ice. Perhaps late June next time.

I believe that's the SW side of Broken Top and Moon Mtn in the distance. So many peaks, buttes and cones around Bend. Love it.

Should be the last triple digit day here, hopefully for the rest of the year.

Welcome to August! May it be cooler than July.

Tags:   snow cool Falls Creek creek spring Broken Top volcano Sparks Lake Bend Oregon


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