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Dawn at Smith Rock, Oregon | by chasingthelight10
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Dawn at Smith Rock, Oregon

I keep being amazed at the wonderful colors of the rhyolite rock formations at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Oregon. Each time I go, I can't wait to see what will happen, especially at dawn when the sun's rays first illuminate the formations. The Crooked River runs through the park, adding more eye-candy to the landscape. It's not much to photograph when the light is harsh. But at dawn....magnificent! The formations are the remnants of a violent volcanic explosion in the distant past. On this particular morning, I was warned by the campground caretaker that a mountain lion had been seen roaming the area where I was taking this image just the previous morning. Needless to say, I was looking over my shoulder quite a bit. Best viewed on black background by hitting the "L" key or clicking on the image itself. Smith Rock is a mecca for technical climbers who love a challenge.

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Taken on February 2, 2012