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Special Spot Shots | Cottonwood Canyon

Special Spot Shots | Cottonwood Canyon

I can’t believe that my reaction when we first arrived at Oregon’s newest state park was…

I want to go home.”

It was a hot, parched-looking landscape. There  were warnings about rattle snakes. No electric hook-up, no WiFi, no cell phone coverage… I was out of my comfort zone.  Reluctantly, I helped to set up camp.

Little did I know, then, how much I would come to miss this rustic and rugged spot.

Once I took off my self-imposed blinders, and started to explore this untamed environment,  opportunities for  “special spot shots” broke out around me.

Countless other opportunities inspired times of reflection that left impressions no camera could ever capture. Time off the grid. Time without the noise of daily life I unknowingly carry.  Time to simply be adventuresome with my husband. Time to appreciate that I didn’t need to go home.


Cottonwood Canyon encompasses 8,000 acres that once were owned by a cattle-ranching family. The span of decades from the 1930’s to early 2000 marked the years this land was owned and worked by a well-known family in the region, the  Murthas.

This special spot is located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, often considered the rugged side of the State. The walls of the main canyon, including four side canyons, reach 1,920 feet above sea level inside the park. Canyon lands are flanked by grassland, sagebrush shrub steppe, river bottom, and cliffs composed primarily of basalts of the Columbia River Basalt Group.

Between 2008 and 2013, the ranch-lands were sold by the Murtha family, and transactions took place that eventually led to the opening of this magnificent new Oregon State Park.

Special Spots at Cottonwood Canyon-

The Barn

The Equipment

The Corral

Trail markers & interpretive signage Artwork

Our Campsite

The Night

Arid Beauty

Unspoiled John Day River

Spot Shot reminder-

Good luck hangs out and can be found when least expected.


Submitted for the Lens-Artist photo challenge #78 |Special Spot Shots

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