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.


When Darkness Descends

When Darkness Descends

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
— Leo Tolstoy

If you don't live under a rock, then you've probably seen all the hundreds of traffic warnings regarding the eclipse. I saw these as well. I watched one specific report with a picture of traffic completely stopped one 26 East - IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!! It was chaos. Or, it was supposed to be anyway, so I cancelled my trip to central Oregon. There was no way I was going to make it back in a timely manner.

However! I got a last-minute invite to stay at a cabin on Detroit Lake, which is right in the middle of totality! Even though traffic was probably horrendous, I checked the road cameras anyway. They were clear!!! Everything was clear, all over Oregon!! I couldn't believe it. I packed my stuff and left, and since I still had an extra day I headed straight for Broken Top Mountain so I could finally see this dream location.

I got to the base around midnight, and drove the worst road in all of Oregon to get closer to the top. I hiked and shot photos all night long until the sun rose above the smoke in the distance, at which point I hiked back and drove to the lake.

But again, the traffic was great!!

I have been planning this next shot for months, but I was surprised the Milky Way actually lined up how I wanted it to. It was absolutely amazing!!! This is my favorite place in Oregon that I have ever been to, by far.

As it turns out though, my car started having issues on the drive down that night. It was so bad, that after chilling at the lake cabin for most of the day I realized I need to take my car back home ASAP; as it wouldn't even idle without threatening to die on me.

So despite having already planned out my eclipse shot on the lake, I sadly made my way home. 

It's ok though, because my family picked me up and I went to Mcminnville with them to watch! And let me tell you, there is NO picture on Earth that can do this incredible phenomenon any justice. You need to see it with your own two eyes. 

Also, because all my planning went to crap, I ended up at the very edge of totality, and only saw it for about 15 seconds. Not enough time to expose exactly how I wanted. But still, I love how it turned out!

Didn't Get Enough

Didn't Get Enough

My First Engagement Shoot

My First Engagement Shoot