Coffin Mountain, Oregon, USA
I was heading to the Oregon Cascades to see if I could find mountain wild flowers and stars during a recent weekend. It was a good year for flowers in the Columbia Gorge and other locations around the state and I hoped that the show continued to the higher mountains during the early summer weekend.
The goal was to head up towards Mount Jefferson in the Santiam Pass area and see if I could get a composition that included the mountain and those flowers. Boy, was I excited when I found that the bear grass was blooming! As bear grass only blooms every 5-7 years, you don't always get this kind of a display.
The evening before I was out on the mountain enjoying the sunset and scouted the sunrise composition that is pictured here. Unfortunately, when I made it to the location early the next morning, I didn't get super colorful clouds but I was happy to be able to make a sunstar image, which adds its own compliment to the picture and enabled the sun to hit the blooms and make them glow.
It always pays off to get out as much as possible and I find that I'm able to make my best images when I can scout a location at least once the day before I make my final image, in order to get the combination of conditions and find the artistic vision that I'm after for a particular scene. This image is exactly what I had in mind when I was planning it on the way to the mountains the day before. I sure do love the Oregon Cascades.