Last year when we first moved to Oregon, I wanted to visit a tree farm because of a photograph I had seen online. I was absolutely amazed by the way the colors of the Fall looked on all those trees, but not knowing exactly how the weather was I missed my opportunity last year and hoped that someday I could snap a shot of my own. Yesterday, Adam brought up the idea of going and getting the photos before all the leaves fall and winter comes. So we drove 3 hours East and sure enough we found the Boardman Tree Farm. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get a decent shot since it was overcast and a lot of the trees were already losing all their leaves. Not to mention that there were signs all over the property saying ‘No Trespassing’. I thought to myself “All this way, and I once again missed it.”
Adam decided to go down a road that we found and we began to see different sections of the tree farm. Some areas had small trees, probably planted this spring or summer, others probably a few years old. We found an area where the trees still had some leaves and the color showed nicely. The skies on the other hand were getting darker and I feared not getting the shot I wanted.
After a few minutes at that spot I was content with the photos I had, not exactly what I wanted but good enough. I thought the photographs still captured the symmetry that I wanted to show. Just wishing we would have visited sooner to catch the colors I wanted.
As we kept driving we found more bare trees.
And suddenly we came a cross a section of younger trees that still had their leaves and the skies began to clear up.
After getting a bunch of shots in this area, Adam and I decided to continue driving on that road, and see where it ended. Turns out it leads you back to the highway. However, the most awesome thing was that by that time the skies were all cleared up and the trees closer to the highway were older and still had a lot of their leaves and the lighting was just right.
I wish I could have had more time to explore and get more shots, but realistically we should have set up a tour or something. I didn’t feel comfortable just walking into the farm since it is private property and a working tree farm, but I’m happy with the photos I got and hopefully Adam and I go back next Fall and set up a tour. I have some fun ideas for a photo-shoot there.
My favorite part of all was getting this very last shot, which allows me to cross one more thing off my bucket list.