Steens Mountain, sunrise, or sunset?

Either someone just spent a very cold night to get a photo, or they’re getting ready to spend a very cold night.

Which is it?

Steens Mountain in #Oregon

US Dept of Interior: If you haven’t seen Steens Mountain in #Oregon, you really should check out this stunning photo from @BLMOregon

Steens Mountain at sunrise is a very popular image for photographers — but very few get a shot from the mountain itself like this one.

Steens Mountain is a large fault-block mountain in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Oregon. Located in Harney County, it stretches some 50 miles (80 km) long north to south, and rises from alongside the Alvord Desert at elevation of about 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to a summit elevation of 9,733 feet (2,967 m). It is sometimes confused with a mountain range, but is properly a single mountain.


English: The Alvord Desert playa, looking sout...

The Alvord Desert playa, looking southeast from Steens Mountain, southeast Oregon; Wikipedia image

4 Responses to Steens Mountain, sunrise, or sunset?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Maybe we’ll hear from the photographer in the near future:


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Looks like good sleuthing to me!

    Have you been there? Are you familiar with the area? Or did you just scrutinize the map until you came up with that?


  3. Sunrise, most probably.
    On right you can see irrigated circle, Mann Lake, with Juniper and Ten Cent lakes farther back.
    Exercise: knowing that the oblong in picture is in fact a circle, calculate the vector back to the viewing point.,-118.493729&spn=0.234264,0.514641&sll=34.184471,-118.131809&sspn=0.263843,0.514641&t=h&hnear=Steens+Mountain&z=12


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