In August 2017 I was invited to join a professionally guided and outfitted raft trip down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in Oregon. I was asked to photograph the journey. Being a mix of a challenging environment and having endless things to point the camera at, I knew it would be an adventure and a lot of fun. And it was!
The wild and scenic section of the Rogue is a 34 mile long stretch in road-less wilderness running from Galice to Agness.
Typically weather this time of year in Oregon is as good as it gets with temps in the 90s and clear skies. Unfortunately, this year we suffered the smoke from the many wild-fires in the region. We weren’t in danger, but the smoke did get thick at times. Not the greatest photography conditions, but I made the best of it, as did everyone else.
The voyage was guided by the friendly professionals at Nate’s Rogue Adventures. If you’re thinking of rafting the Wild and Scenic, or other Oregon rivers, check them out. Nate’s a seasoned river man with years of experience, along with a relaxed and fun attitude.
We lucked out on the wildlife viewing and saw everything from deer, to turtles, Heron, Bald Eagle, grumpy River Otter and even a Bear.
If you’re thinking of rafting the Wild and Scenic Rogue, I do recommend Nate’s Rogue Adventures. Book your trip the winter before, as slots for the summer fill up.
Shooting this trip was a fun challenge. I ended up with many use-able shots, despite the smoke. And I learned a lot as well.
There’s something about river life that you can’t get anywhere else. I hope to find myself on this and other rivers as often as I can.