Vale BLM staffers capture stunning scenes in photo contest

Kevin Moriarty has since left the Vale District, but was a fire management specialist at the time he took this photo, at sunset during the Little Fire in August 2017.  (Photos courtesy of the BLM Vale District)

VALE – Vale Bureau of Land Management employees won six of eight categories in the 2018 BLM Oregon/Washington employee photo contest. 

Their works showcase the beauty of the wild lands in this region.

Todd Allai, a natural resources specialist for the Malheur Field Office, won the Landscape category with his fall photo of rock formations composed of Leslie Gulch Tuff looking down Spring Creek toward the Owyhee Reservoir near Schoolhouse Gulch.  The poplars are a relic of an old homestead site.  

Kevin Hoskins, a ranger for the Baker Field Office, won the Artistic category with his winter sunset “halo” effect photo taken in the north part of Hells Canyon where the Grande Ronde River enters the Snake. 

Katy Coddington, an archaeological technician for the Baker Field Office, won the Cultural category with her photo of a historic mining cabin on the Burnt River. 

Andrea Bowen, a geologist for the Malheur Field Office in Vale, won two categories in the competition. Above her photo, taken while exploring the ancient lake sediment slot canyons of Chalk Basin along the Owyhee River in May, won the People category. Below, her shot of a sunflower along the Owyhee, also taken in May, took the Plants category.

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