Somber sunset

I spent most of Super Bowl Sunday hiking in Finley Natl. Wildlife Refuge, avoiding having to watch the Packers win. The late winter cloud cover can be oppressive in this part of Oregon, but if you get a break in the weather between fronts moving in from the coast, you can witness some beautiful, somber skies.

savannah prairie in Finley National Wildlife Refuge

We shot several scenes in A Country Wedding here a couple years ago. It’s one of those spots that has so many different settings packed into a few hundred acres. It can look like the Midwest or the deep South, with marshes and oak savannah surrounded by Doug fir forests. A few scattered farm buildings break up the skyline.

Old barn with Cascade Range in the background

I hope we’ll be back there this spring for our next narrative project, a short film tentatively titled Slingshot.

Published by David

Writer (Vintage), filmmaker (Three Days of Glory and Saving Atlantis), bookreader.

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