Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


An - Accidentally - Impeccable Composition

An - Accidentally - Impeccable Composition

“You can devise all the plans in the world, but if you don’t welcome spontaneity; you will just disappoint yourself.”
— Abigail Bidding

So there's this place in Bend not many people know about, and I only discovered it by accident while browsing Google Maps. Let me tell you, this place looks INCREDIBLE!! With a four day weekend coming up, I planned to head out there and stay till I decided to leave.

Things didn't go as planned of course, so I walked past a road closure, through miles of snow, and to the top of a mountain ridge. It was not the mountain I intended to get to, though. With slight dismay I set up camp in the middle of nowhere, and soaked in the last rays of light from my desolate campsite.

[I accidentally cut the rotation short, and it barely got my hammok in the video. Ooos!]

Rather than get lost in the mountains all by myself, I made the smart call and headed out for something different. I wound up at Smith Rock, and for the first time ever, I wasn't there to climb! First though I stopped at the Ogden bridge, which is pretty close by.

Honestly, I had SUCH a blast at Smith even though I was alone. I met so many cool people! There was this dude named James who is on a five month road trip around the US (who has super cool dreadlocks, and who I hung out with for over an hour), a couple from New Zealand here to visit their daughter, and a really old dude who hikes Smith all the time and looks like his skin is going to fall off! I also had a 15 minute conversation with another guy while filling our water bottles, and we pretty much talked about how great it is to live exciting lives outside of our boring day jobs, hahaha. 

Now, do you see that second image there? Ok pay attention, because this is incredible. First, this is taken in the middle of the night, and you aren't allowed to camp on Smith Rock, let alone leave your car overnight. I had to purchase a bivouac campsite down the road and walk to the top with all my camping gear. Ok, second, do you see that bright spot in the river there? That, my friends, is the reflection of the moon! Yes. I am positioned at JUST the right angle to capture the moon's reflection in the river (just FYI this was accidental, hahaha. I wish I could say I planned all this). 

And the last element to this photo was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed. As I watched the moon dance across the river, I realized it was slowly lining itself up to appear between the pillars. Yes, folks, the reflection of the moon is framed by it's own shadow from the peaks of Smith Rock!!!

I can't say I've ever seen something like this. To be in that exact spot at just the right time? It was incredible. BY FAR one of my favorite things in nature I have ever had the chance to see. And totally a God thing; because not only did I happen to be there for it, I positioned and lined that shot up about FOUR HOURS before it actually happened, without even knowing!

Now because of this trip I am completely broke. It's ok though because God is amazing and I have nothing to worry about.

Hope you like mah shots!

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