Covered in a zero-rated sleeping bag and a pile of thick covers, only my nose is cold as it peeks out from under the heap to capture the fresh frozen air. 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. Another mental note to put more day clothes under the bedding before calling it a night.

I focused on the teasel, which was about four inches away from the camera and lit it, before I changed the focus to infinity to capture the stars in the distance.

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

The leafless 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 and I captured this frame. Which do you like best?

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

The cold night air froze the fog on 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 quickly carries the clouds past the top of Steens Mountain.

The driving wind and heavy clouds formed these ice formations across this boulder.

I have never seen so many unusual ice patterns as I did this morning. I spent several hours searching out the following images.

Ice formed on stems of a leafless plant to form, "frozen leaves.

Ice formed horizontally by the strong cloudy wind on the top of Steens Mountain.

This small sheet of ice has wonderful shapes inside.

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