Tag Archives: landscapes

Left Coast and Redwoods – Finale

After a lovely night’s rest and breakfast at our BnB in Brookings, we headed down to the Harris Beach State Park there and spent some time just walking around. ¬†Here’s a few photos from the park.

Oregon Coast-1Oregon Coast-5Oregon Coast-6Oregon Coast-7Oregon Coast-9

Oregon Coast-12
J’s charismatic windswept look ūüôā

Oregon Coast-13

Oregon Coast-15
Peek-a-Boo!

Oregon Coast-17

Oregon Coast-18
Impressive Rocks!

Oregon Coast-10

After getting our fill of the the wonderful ocean scenery and basically having the park to ourselves, we headed back out on the highway to our next stop, Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. ¬†From the map, it looked like it might be an interesting spot and lo and behold, when we got to it we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had dunes. ¬†Now this might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but J had never seen dunes before and she was ecstatic!! ¬†She’d always wanted to see dunes but somehow, had never had the good fortune to run across any on the beaches she had been to. ¬†So, of course, we wandered in amongst the dunes for a while and spent some time on the beach just enjoying watching waves.

Oregon Coast-19
Yup, them’re dunes alright. ¬†With windswept dune grass.

Oregon Coast-20

Oregon Coast-21
Wave Watching

Oregon Coast-22Oregon Coast-23

Again, we were the only ones there! ¬†I guess there’s some benefits, especially to a landscape photographer like I am, to go off season in crappy weather. ¬†No one around to get in the way of the scenery except my favourite model ūüôā

Back in the car and up the road a piece to another pullout where I took this pic looking North.

Oregon Coast-24

Our next was for lunch at the Redfish in Port Orford.

Oregon Coast-29-1
The Redfish (J’s hair in bottom right)

Lovely lunch with some great views there too.

Oregon Coast-25

Having achieved a pleasant state of satiety, we meandered back to the car and headed on up the road again to what was our penultimate¬†stop along the way, Cape Blanco State Park. Cape Blanco is the Westernmost point in Oregon and the contingual United States, and contains the Southernmost Lighthouse in Oregon. ¬†All fine reasons to stop there! What they don’t tell you about is the strength of the wind there! ¬†WhoooBoy….! ¬†J was afeared to leave the car. ¬†I got out and took a bunch of photos; hey that’s what I do, and I jumped straight up to land about foot back of where I launched myself from. ¬†There was a guy in a convertible with the top down and all the windows up just enjoying the views and eating a sandwich. ¬†Said he often comes to enjoy the scenery and wind.

Oregon Coast-26Oregon Coast-27Oregon Coast-28

From here we headed up to Bandon where we stopped at the renowned¬†Face Rock Creamery to pick up some cheese and have a heavenly ice cream ūüôā ¬†We never actually visited the Face Rock but there’s lots of pics on the web of it.

From here, it was head up to Reedsport to pick up Rt 38 back to I-5.  Rt 38 turned out to be a lovely road along the river and through the hills.  Did I mention that we saw sheep in Oregon.  And Elk.  Lots of both!

Once we got to I-5, we headed up to Portland to stay with a friend of J’s that’s she’s known forever. ¬†Had a pizza dinner, conversation, crashed and were on the road again the next morning. ¬†Our last stop was a food court in the Alderwood Mall because I decided to get the pack after all!

food court-1

food court-2
Yum! Indian Food!

And then back home. ¬†Boy, were we glad to be back home in our own bed that night. ¬†We had a great trip and loved all the crazy ups and downs and beautiful places and trees we saw but there’s nothing like coming home after a trip to your own bed! ¬†And on that note, I’ll say amen and leave you all in peace until I decide to write about something else.

Rich 

The Day After Christmas – A walk in Belcarra

We needed to get a “Forest Fix” but we didn’t have a lot of time and I was favouring a bit of a achey back so we went for a walk in Belcarra Park to Maple Beach and back.¬† Here’s a photo from the beach taken with my Nokia N8 and processed to black and white in Lightroom.

Belcarra Maple Beach-1

And here’s “bluesy” shot from a slightly different location on the beach.

Belcarra Maple Beach-2

I liked having the piling as the focal point for the shots.

It was a lovely ramble.

Crooked Falls and Sigurd Creek trail

Nice trail with big trees, big rocks, spectacular waterfall, wildflowers and nice views for a minimum amount of hiking!¬† What’s not to like!

Click on the pics for larger versions.

A nice hike in the Ashlu valley just Northwest of Squamish.

big tree-1

On the way to the Falls.

sigurd creek trail-1

A big boulder, possibly an erratic?

sigurd creek trail-2

Another big Douglas Fir

plants-1

Looking up….Waaaay up!

Crooked Falls-3 Crooked Falls-2

Crooked Falls-1

Crooked Falls

Crooked Falls-4 Crooked Falls-6

 

Crooked Falls-7

more views of the falls

Crooked Falls-5

Admiring the Falls

Crooked Falls-8

Admiring my partner at the Falls ūüėÄ

viewpoint-1

Lunchtime views at the Randy Stoltman Memorial Lookout

plants-3  plants-2

Maidenhair Fern and Common Speedwell, Prunella vulgaris, on the way back to the car

viewpoint-3

The last view on the way back to the car.  Just as we got back to the car it started to rain.  We timed it perfectly!!  Great morning and lunch hike for a cloudy day.

We enjoyed it.  Hope you did, too, vicariously.

Rich