Description From home it's an easy 24 mile highway trek to Ellensburg, Washington and from there one can pick up one of the gravel roads leading into the Wenatchee National Forest. My destination that day was Quartz Mountain, a rugged 45 miles into the forest and mountains. Travelling slowly on gravel roads is often a test of one's patience but the slow pace also provides an opportunity to look left, right, ahead, and above - enjoying the scenery.
On this particular trip, about 15 miles of gravel road and a gain of perhaps 2,500' in altitude under my belt, I spotted just a glimpse of water to the right and since I was ready for a short rest I pulled off the side of the road. I wandered through the brush and over to the water, camera in hand. To my delight, this is the scene I encountered. This pond had been formed in the spring from a now dry creek which carried snow melt from the higher altitudes of the mountains I was heading toward. Now it was low, calm, and transluscent.
Technical data:Nikon D70 Digital SLR.22mm lens.Aperture F8, 1/60 sec.
Bud Obermeyer, Cle Elum, Washington Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I am a retired corporate manager in the property-casualty insurance industry with personal interests in photography, sports memorabilia, and poker. My wife of 48 years, Carole, and I were both born and raised in New York - her in Manhattan/Bronx and I in Brooklyn. We spent many years on the "corporate transfer trail" and have lived in the general locales of Philadelphia PA (where our son Jeff was born), Seattle WA, Anchorage AK, Columbia SC, and back to Seattle WA.
We now live in Cle Elum, Washington which is 85 miles east of Seattle, just on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Cle Elum is located at 1,800' elevation and has a population of 1,300 people. We are surrounded by natural beauty which changes dramatically with each of the four seasons. Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold and white :) We are surrounded by national forests and mountains but within a 15 minute drive we can be in near desert.
All of this natural beauty inspires me to get out in the field and try to capture the wonder of this incredible land in photographs. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.