Updated: Dec 11, 2020

It’s 1:30am and I am trying to get at least four hours of sleep before capturing the pre-dawn light. That’s not going to happen. I am awake now and exit the warmth for the surrounding chill.

I focused on the teasel, which was about four inches away from the camera and lit it with a low-powered flashlight for about one second. Then I changed the focus to infinity to capture the stars in the distance for a 12 minute exposure.

A frost-covered hillside. What looks like city lights is actually a bright cluster of stars just over the horizon.

The bare trees stand out against the night sky in this one-minute exposure.

A heavy fog adds a touch of mystery to Fish Lake. It was still so dark that you could barely make out the sky against the hillside.

Several minutes later the fog began to lift.

The sun colors the pre-dawn sky as I head to the other side of the lake.

The cold night air froze the fog onto the plants and trees.

A thick fog covers the Little Blitzen Gorge.

The last of the fog dissipates as the sun rises over the hillside at Fish Lake.

Heading through the clouds on a hike to the top of Steens Mountain.

A cold, driving wind carries the clouds past the top of Steens Mountain.

The driving wind and moisture from the clouds formed these ice shapes on a boulder.

I spent several hours photographing the unusual ice patterns at the top of Steens Mtn.

Leaves of ice formed on plant stems during the evening freeze.

Ice formed horizontally due to the strong wind on the top of Steens Mountain.

A sheet of ice with unique shapes inside.

The last of colors of Fall are seen from the top of Steens Mountain.

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