Friday, August 16, 2013

Salem, Oregon's Places To Photograph

This list is a work in progress  I'd been thinking lately that I need a physical list of places in Salem (Oregon) I want to photograph. Salem has many beautiful landscapes and landmarks, but I keep forgetting the cool little places I mean to go back to, especially the once a year or seasonal events I miss for various reasons.

Places To Photograph Around The Salem Area

Places I Want To Photograph

  • Abandoned "bean bus" on Fairview Industrial Dr (morning light only)
  • Abbey at Mt Angel 
  • City of Dallas, and surrounding farms
  • Couch Races at Davenport Days (summer)
  • Fairview Hospital (this one is iffy, can you legally photograph it?)
  • Farm land around Cordon Rd (magic hour)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright house at the Oregon Gardens (Summer/fall)
  • Great Oregon Steam Up, In Brooks (summer)
  • Mission Mill (museum and grounds, winter for best light before closing)
  • Oak Grove Church, West Salem (different seasons, not sure of best light)
  • Oktober Fest in Mt Angel (early fall/late summer)
  • Oregon Gardens (spring/summer)
  • Silverton - dowtown (spring/summer or fall)
  • Spring Valley Community Center (morning or before the sun goes over the hill, 5pm late summer)
  • Spring Valley State Park (mid spring & for birding)
  • World Beat Festival (River Front Park, summer)
In addition, I've found these helpful websites of historic places to check out.

The pioneers, Oregon State Capitol - photo by Lisa Miller

Places Around Salem I Have Photographed

  • Ankeny NWR (great for short hikes! or birding)
  • Baskett Slough NWR (more difficult, but great hike)
  • Bush House and gardens
  • Bush Park - Camas Field (spring)
  • Campus at the Department of Forestry (Spring - camas, Summer - ? not done, Fall - forest & creek)
  • Capitol Building and Golden Pioneer
  • Church St & State St (fall color)
  • Croisan Meadow Loop hiking trail
  • Darrow Bar, cute hike (winter for snow on branches, birding; I've done Fall, it's beautiful!) 
  • Deepwood Estate (Both inside and Out, Love, love, love this place)
  • Downtown Salem alleyways (art/vines/old murals)
  • Elsinore mural & Elsinore Theater
  • Joryville County Park (beautiful hiking!, spring)
  • McDonald Forest (near Corvallis, but still close, great hikes, old growth)
  • Minto-Brown Island City Park & The old car wrecks at Minto-Brown Park (3 total)
  • Oregon State Fair, rides at night, animals, street photography (late summer)
  • Pringle Creek area
  • Salem Sunday Streets (late summer)
  • Silvercreek Falls State Park (fave for hikes, Spring, Summer & Fall - best!, Winter)
  • Soap Box Derby (Bush Park, late summer)
  • State Capitol Mall Cherry Trees (late march)
  • Storm clouds & fir trees from Bryan Johnston Park 
  • Sunset & view from Crestview Dr 
  • US Bank Building, downtown  (great for black & white architecture)
  • West Salem orchards & wineries in the hills - (beautiful landscapes)
  • Willamette Mission State Park (the ghost mission, hikes)
  • Willamette University Campus (fall for foliage, summer!)

Antique car wreck, Minto Island - photo by Lisa Miller