Major saudades

Commenter Erik pointed me toward this gorgeous time-lapse video, created during six months of camping all over Oregon. The cinematographers visited

…the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, the Southwestern Coast, the Alvord Desert, Leslie Gulch, Blue Mountains, Crater Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Deschutes River, and more. We’re proud to have touched all four corners of the state; however Oregon is the kind of place that the more you see, the more places there are to still discover.

Yes, it is. I lived there for 30 years and haven’t come close to seeing it all. But I think achieving that would take more than one lifetime. For now, this is a lovely reminder…and a great way to showcase Oregon’s beauty to people who have never been there.

I don’t need to say “HD and full screen,” do I? Because it really is necessary for this one.

EDIT: Holy moly! I just watched this again and now I know why people are cheering in the background at 2:23. They’re seeing the freaking aurora borealis!! I have never seen it in Oregon! What incredible luck for the cinematographers. (And not for me! grumble grumble)


About Fletcher DeLancey

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11 Responses to Major saudades

  1. Major saudades, indeed. Wonderful time-lapse on the best American state. 🙂

  2. Liam Donnelly says:

    Absolutley incredible. I was in oregon once for a month, 30 years ago, and remember it was gorgeous, and I saw very little there. Beautiful video.

  3. JR says:

    *kicking the ground, muttering something about Washington*

    • oregon expat says:

      [diplomacy] Washington is very nice, too. Almost as good as Oregon. 😉

      • JR says:

        Haha–thanks for the diplomatic effort. I had insomnia last night, so I spent some time comparing the two states head-to-head in several categories (volcanic activity, deserts, winter sports, sailing, back country kayaking, beaches, rainforests, caves, pro sports, etc.). I shared my list with Catherine over dinner and we’ve come to the agreement that on the western side of the Cascades, Washington wins, but on the eastern side, Oregon wins. We’re having trouble placing Crater Lake, though. It’s sort of central, neither east nor west. If we edge it toward the west, it needs to go up against Mt. St. Helens in the volcanic activity competition; if it’s in the east, it adds weight to the “Oregon wins the east” argument.

        • oregon expat says:

          Hm. I’d put Crater Lake in the east, because of its weather and vegetation. It is clearly an eastern ecosystem, regardless of its actual geographic location.

          It’s true that Washington does have Hurricane Ridge on its western side; Oregon doesn’t have any high mountains over there. And of course you have the Sound and the Strait. Then there’s the Graveyard of the Pacific…but we share that. 😉

    • Michael says:

      I took a trip to the North Cascades National Park over the summer. Also, the Hoh rainforest in the Olympic National forest. Those are two places that Oregon has nothing on. I don’t feel there’s a real need to distinguish the two states. It’s all the Northwest, right? Maybe Cascadia?

      • oregon expat says:

        To the North Cascades I’d answer “the Wallowas,” and to the Hoh rainforest I’d answer “any of a number of small wildernesses or National Forest land in the Oregon coast range.” But the two states together are certainly a PNW win. Actually I’d include northern California, too. The Cascades don’t end until Lassen Peak.

        • JR says:

          Okay, so we’re on our 2nd day of conversation about this in our house, and I think I’m going to have to side with Michael on this one. The Oregon coast range averages something like 300cm of rainfall per year, which is about 100cm under the average rainfall of the Hoh Rainforest. And the Wallowas are sweet, but the North Cascades definitely have a height advantage and definitely win in terms of total area of glaciers (if this website is to be believed: But…I’m pretty sure it’s all subjective 🙂

          The Oregonian in our household is arguing that Dry Falls (well, the entire Missoula Floods landscape) pushes eastern Washington to the front of the competition, but the Washingtonian in the house is countering with the Alvord Desert. Clearly, we need to take a road trip to examine the matter in more detail.

          You’ll be glad to know that Washington is winning “the state where you’re most likely to fall down an abandoned mine shaft” category, though.

  4. xenatuba says:

    Awesome. We went to a presentation at Wistec about a year ago and the fellow talked about photographing the Aurora Borealis from McKenzie Pass ish area. I had no idea they could be seen this far south…

  5. CathyW says:

    simply spectacular

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