POTD: Going With the Flow

Going With the Flow
Washburne State Park, Oregon

I’ve been to the coast many times and I’ve seen the sand dunes and the trees that grow bent inland from the strong winds that often frequent the area. But I’ve never been on the beach during such winds before. I quickly found you don’t really want to walk into the wind unless you’re looking for a facial scrub and you definitely don’t want to photograph into the wind. Even shooting downwind, I ended up having to carefully go over my camera with a brush to remove all the sand from the various nooks and crannies. Off the beach even a few yards into the trees it’s quite calm by comparison so I walked to the beach on one trail from our campsite, walked with the wind down the beach and back up into the trees at another access trail and then back to the campground in the trees. That worked quite well.

POTD: Little Landscapes #35

Little Landscapes #35
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

This is actually a combination of both little and big landscapes. There is the big ocean in the back ground and the tall cliff in the upper right framing the small water channel on the beach I was kneeling down in to take the photo.

POTD: Little Landscapes #34

Little Landscapes #34
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Up close, a giant driftwood log becomes a barren, terraced landscape.

POTD: Right Place, Right Time

Right Place, Right Time
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Ten days after returning from our southwest trip we packed up again and headed directly west to the Oregon coast. I’ll have more to post from the earlier trip but wanted to post a few from the trip we’re actually on now.

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. When we took a quick stroll to the beach at Cape Kiwanda, the only camera I had with me was my cell phone. Cell phones can produce photos of high technical quality but this isn’t one of them. It’s a crop of a cell phone photo that shows a number of limitations that these devices possess. Nonetheless, with the inadvertent but fortunate glare from the sun, the image was of sufficient interest to me artistically that I wanted to post it anyway.

POTD: Shadow Fitting

Shadow Fitting
Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada

Every morning the Gold Butte shadow tailor carefully fits each ridge line with a new shadow for the day. It’s a slow process but when done properly produces a perfect fit.