Here’s another small piece of our last September’s mini-tour of Oregon. On the way back North, we stopped at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument; one of the things we stopped to see was Lava Butte. It’s a cinder cone with a little crater at the top, and as you approach it looks like a wild and lifeless landscape. From the top, though, you can see that the lava fields are actually only a small part of the landscape – and that the vegetation is creeping back into them. It really was startling, after seeing nothing on the cone but lava and a lone tree or shrub or scrubby grass here and there, to see all those trees!
Also, on another note – what do you think: is it enough already with the photo galleries, or do you like them? I’m a fan right now because it makes the post a little more compact (while still being able to add quite a few photos) but if the old style one-by-one scroll is preferable, I don’t mind going back to it….