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Explore the Wonders of Big Summit Prairie
This is a trip for photographers of all skill levels and equipment from phones to telephotos. We'll plan for a full day exploring the forests and grasslands that form the perimeter of Big Summit Prairie: a wildflower mecca with multiple blooms from late Spring through mid-Summer. Over the course of around two months, various regions along the prairie, in the woods, and rocky plains display many varieties of wildflowers. The prairie is also known for the variety of birds and butterflies who frequent the area. If you're lucky, you could see other wildlife. We've seen bear and elk near the prairie. Last weekend we saw deer and pronghorn. Wild horses frequent the western fringe of the prairie. The beauty of these high mountain meadows warrant multiple visits. We'll start with this trip with a loop around the prairie with at least three stops at favorite flower locations. You can decide when you might want to revisit the area. The photo above was taken on June 2nd in a previous year. Last week a lot of the white wyethia was blooming and yellow wyethia was just beginning to bloom. On this trip, I'm hoping to see a lot more paintbrush and lupine as well. Mid-summer, you can expect to see Peck's Maricopa Lily which only grows in the prairie. TENTATIVE AGENDA 8:15AM Meet at Cascade Village Starbucks (arrange ride share) 8:30AM Leave for Big Summit Prairie 10:15AM Begin exploring Southern border of Big Summit Prairie 12:15PM Bring your own Picnic Lunch near the Bridge over the North Fork of the Crooked River 01:00PM Explore the Eastern and Northern border of Big Summit Prairie 03:30PM Finish the loop around the Western border 04:00PM Leave for Bend 06:00PM Arrive in Bend PHOTOGRAPHY CONSIDERATIONS Many options are available when photographing here: from macro photography of the butterflies and flowers to broad landscape images. 1. Consider a telephoto zoom lens to photograph butterflies at a reasonable distance. 2. Bring a tripod to setup those longer exposure photos of the landscape. 3. Consider a polarizing filter to add contrast to images and neutral density filters to slow down the water of the Crooked River or other streams. 4. Plan for increasing your ISO to get a faster shutter speed if it is windy. 5. Consider bringing a small garden pad when getting low in wet grassy fields. TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS Big Summit Prairie is privately owned but surrounded by Forest Service and BLM land. We will travel around the prairie in a counterclockwise direction on good but many gravel forest service roads. If you are a driver or a passenger, consider printing out the map linked below or bring another suitable map. I've heard about people getting lost on the roads out there. Restrooms are available but few and far between. Most are located in Forest Service Campgrounds a few miles off the route we will follow. We will stop for a picnic lunch at the large pull-off next to the bridge crossing the North Fork of the Crooked River where Forest Road 3010 joins Forest Road 42. There is no seating at this stop apart from one good log. You might want to bring a folding chair. Dress with good closed toe boots for walking on rocky and uneven ground. Consider waterproof boots if venturing into marshy fields or along streams. Prepare for normal nuisances such as ticks and mosquitoes with repellent and appropriate outerwear. Finalize your clothing based upon the latest weather forecast. Unless it's extremely stormy, we'll plan to go. The big sky is often dramatic and complements the scenery. Below are some general links you may find helpful and interesting.

Cascade Village Starbucks

63455 North Highway 97 · Bend, OR


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The Bend Photographers Meetup Group aims to bring all levels of photographers together through shooting, sharing, and socializing in order to help them to improve their skills and expand their knowledge and passion about photography.

We began in 2008 as a focal point for local, aspiring photographers to come together to share, learn, network and explore their passion for photography. We are a welcoming, inclusive group of photographers ranging from beginning through professional levels of skill. We emphasize an interactive development of our skills through a diverse blend of classes, outings, socials, and photo reviews. We emphasize both the technical and artistic aspects of photography. We foster learning as a community of photographers through shooting, sharing, and discussing our photos.

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