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The Central Oregon Apoc-Eclipse of 2017

Here are my thoughts following the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse that visited the Central Oregon region this past weekend.

Well, it’s over. The path of totality crossed the skies of Central Oregon.

A Redmond church had a sign out front that welcomed all to “Come worship with us Sunday at 10 am.” This sign was behind two large white barricades and some cones that blocked the ​two ​entrances to the parking lot with a sign attached that stated boldly “NO ECLIPSE PARKING!” Redmond had signs in front of the dog park in the Spud Bowl declaring “No Camping.” Yet, cheezy signs for the Redmond Brewfest were prominently displayed at the Highway 97 entrances to Redmond during eclipse weekend.

Local governments ​ and  their departments ​and personnel ​frantically prepared for the onslaught in the weeks prior to the eclipse. Public officials made statements that the “estimates” for the influx of eclipse observers into Central Oregon could be between 300,000 and 3 million visitors. Stores and restaurants stocked up accordingly. Gas lines and shortages were touted ​ (they never happened)​. Public safety agencies staffed up. Garbage collection companies advanced their schedules for garbage pick-up in Redmond anticipating traffic clogged roads on Monday. Redmond City Hall was locked on Monday with some staff inside carrying out their duties. Many companies and public agencies either closed or recommended clients/customers arrange their schedules to avoid Monday.

What happened? Well, the hype played out as just that…hype. ​Now we have overstocked stores and restaurants. The anticipated Armageddon with the estimated human migration to Central Oregon simply didn’t happen. The fear factor that spurred much of the advance preparation was just that…fear.

I wonder what the ​actual ​cost ​s incurred in the Tri-County area and major cities will come in at ​for all ​this defensive preparation? ​Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from this non-event in Central ​O​regon. Here are a few that come to mind:

1. Predicting an influx of visitors for a major once-in-a-lifetime event is a difficult task. However, the source of the estimates and the process used to derive the same need to be re-evaluated.
2. Central Oregon has a cultural history ​of succumbing to hysteria and speculation. This is particularly true for the estimated economic impacts…particularly perceived, prospective positive ones.
3. The fear factor that served to guide local governments to prepare defensively is understandable – and laudable. Public safety requires the same. However, this preparation could also have been infused with some creative, offensive, positive outreach to create a vastly more welcoming environment for visitors to our region.
Perhaps our local elected officials might pause and reconsider what we can lean from the Apoc-Eclipse of 2017, share those with the public, and become more measured, and even-keeled in their preparation for the next major event that will descend upon the region.
My fear is we won’t learn some of the important lessons the shadow of the 2017 Eclipse has left us with. Such is fear. My hope is we might embrace a learning opportunity here, that will benefit all concerned in the future. Such is hope – the antithesis of fear.
The above was submitted to the Bend Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman on Wednesday 8/23/2017. Who knows if they will publish it…
Bill Dahl
Redmond, Oregon

Solar Eclipse Images by Bill Dahl

The following are the images I captured of the total solar eclipse in Redmond, Oregon USA on Monday morning August 21, 2017;

These are VERY large files NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. They are copyrighted and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please use a monitor, your HDTV or a tablet to view. You will appreciate them much more if you do so.

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE BELOW to ENLARGE:


 

Redmond Athletic Club – Beulah’s Place Fund Raiser

The following are links to the photographs I captured at a fund raiser for Beulah’s Place at the Redmond Athletic Club in Redmond, Oregon – Saturday October 22, 2016.

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – then – click SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album – upper right corner) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook, or a laptop.

  1. Redmond Athletic Club Beulah’s Place Fund Raiser -October 22, 2016  – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM 
  2. Redmond Athletic Club Beulah’s Place Fund Raiser -October 22, 2016  – Google PHOTO ALBUM

Bill Dahl is a commercial photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.

ENJOY!

Central Oregon Sunsets

I have had the opportunity to capture some amazing sunsets in Central Oregon recently.


 

Terrebonne Oregon sunset
Terrebonne Oregon sunset

I have created two photo albums for these images:

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – then – click SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album – upper right corner) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook, or a laptop.

  1. Amazing Sunsets 2016  – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM (Go to Pages 3-7 for the sunsets)
  2. Amazing Sunsets 2016 – Google PHOTO ALBUM

Bill Dahl is a commercial photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.

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Lazy M Ranch – Threshing Bee

Mike and Joanna McIntosh of Terrebonne Oregon own and operate the Lazy M Ranch. They are known for their  stable of gorgeous Belgian Draft horses (as well as their amazing family!!!).

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lazy-m-ranch-38

In early autumn they harvest their oats with their horses, friends and thresh with a belt driven Case thresher. It’s harvest the old fashioned way.

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lazy-m-ranch-115

I have created two photo albums from this event:

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – thenclick SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album – upper right corner) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook, laptop or a PC monitor.

  1. Lazy M Ranch – Threshing Bee – 9/10/16 – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM
  2. Lazy M Ranch – Threshing Bee – 9/10/16 – Google PHOTO ALBUM

Bill Dahl is a commercial photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.

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lazy-m-ranch-137

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Redmond Panthers Football

These images were captured Friday evening 9/2/2016 in Redmond, OR USA. The Redmond Panthers played Jefferson from Portland, OR. This was a smash mouth football game!

Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

Bill Dahl is a photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.


 

Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

I shoot with  Canon Professional Gear – a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon f 2.8 70-200MM telephoto lens and a Canon 2X extender. (shooting over 600 MM – ISO under the lights was 5000 – f5.6 due to 2X telephoto extender…high speed continuous shooting – tripod)…Prints and enlargements are available by contacting me…

I have created two albums from this game vs. Jefferson.

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – thenclick SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook or a PC.

  1. Redmond Panthers vs. Jefferson Democrats 9/2/16 – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM
  2. Redmond Panthers vs. Jefferson Democrats 9/2/16 – Google PHOTO ALBUM

For future games – if parents, friends or family want specific PLAYER PROFILE action photos during any future game – I can do that too. GREAT GIFTS!!! CONTACT ME – – – Enlargements and prints are available.

Redmond Panthers Football
Redmond Panthers Football

This was a FANTASTIC football game!!!