Description Evening light illuminates a field of wallflowers in a Willamette Valley field near Silverton, Oregon. From Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia:The Willamette Valley (/wla mt/) is a 150-mile long valley in the U.S. state of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The valley forms the cultural and political heart of Oregon and is home to 70% of its population including Portland, its largest city, as well as Salem, the state capital. The Willamette River flows the entire length of the valley, depositing highly fertile alluvial soils across its broad, flat plain. The valley is surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides - the Oregon Coast Range to the west, the Cascade Range to the east, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. The valley's waterways, particularly the Willamette River, remain vitally important to the economy of Oregon.A massively productive agricultural area, the valley was widely publicized from the 1820s as a 'promised land of flowing milk and honey'. It became the destination of choice for the oxen-drawn wagon trains of emigrants who made the perilous journey along the Oregon Trail in the 1840s-1880s.
Don Schwartz, Portland, Oregon Member Since September 2012 Artist Statement Photography is for me a dance with nature. It is the immersion in a landscape; the sharing of a habitat with nature’s creatures. It is the sense of being lost in the moment, where the passing of time goes unnoticed. It is the serendipity of capturing a moment in time that becomes a timeless moment. The quiet places, the places of simple beauty, draw me in – from the delicate splendor of dew dancing on an iris petal to the magnificent breadth of a gray whale slicing through the water. With my camera, I am a blessed witness in a field of splendor.
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