I’ve always wondered just where I “fit” photographically. There are so many superb picture takers and image makers out there. And I have been inspired by all of them.
Recently, I realized what I really like to shoot. First and foremost, I’m a landscape photographer. I love shooting macros too, but taking pictures of people, NOT! I can do it, just doesn’t churn my butter, as they say.
After many years of shooting landscapes, I realized what I really liked doing, and was pretty good at, was putting together panoramas. I seem to have an eye for just what needs to be in there to make it both a big picture and still retain all the elements that make a photo interesting.
So, expect to see lots of panoramas of places I have been. And I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Here’s a couple from our trip to Quadra Island this past July.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Back in the car and up the road a piece to another pullout where I took this pic looking North.
Our next was for lunch at the Redfish in Port Orford.
Lovely lunch with some great views there too.
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.
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 🙂 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!
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.
J had never seen the large redwoods and I hadn’t seen them for over 50 years and being tree lovers, we decided it was time to remedy that deficiency. She was on spring break so we planned a little holiday to drive from our home outside of Vancouver, BC down the Washington and Oregon coasts to Northern California and the Humboldt Redwood State Park, home to some of the largest and oldest of these trees.
We also had friends and relatives that we wanted to visit along the way so it looked like a win-win no matter how we set it up!
We left town after a relaxed breakfast and the first stop was at REI in Bellingham to look at some packs for J and I. I’ve been a longtime member of REI and often shop there for outdoor gear when I’m traveling to Seattle. We tried on a bunch of packs and I sorta liked one of the Gregory daypacks but decided not to buy it right then. J also tried out several backpacks and nothing struck her fancy and demanded to be purchased so we headed on down the road.
Our next stop was in Fairhaven to have lunch at the Colophon Cafe, one of my longtime favourite eating places that J had never been to. We enjoyed a great lunch and the plan was to head down the Chuckanut Drive but as we turned onto it, there was a sign that said road closed in 5 miles. We drove a bit of it anyway, got a couple of views, turned around after about 3 miles and headed back onto interstate highway, I5.
The next plan was to head over to the Northern tip of Whidbey Island via La Conner. We turned too soon and ended up taking what turned out to be an unintended tour of downtown La Conner and were rewarded by our mistake with a viewing on one of the fields we passed of the largest conglomeration of snow geese that either of us had ever seen. After quickly driving around La Conner, we turned around and stopped briefly for J to take a pic of all the geese. There were thousands and the field looked like it was just covered in white birds.
Back on track, we headed over to Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands where we drove the highway down Whidbey Island to pick up the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry back to the mainland. You disembark about 25 miles North of Seattle, where we were headed to spend the first night with my daughter and son-in-law at their place.
Got to Seattle in the middle of rush hour and after getting off I5, we managed to get to their apartment at a reasonable hour. They live just a few blocks from the famous Seattle Space Needle, which is a nice place to view the city from if you have the time.
Spent some time with them and their friends at a game night. Then back to the apartment for winding down and calling it a day.
After a nice breakfast, we headed down to the Seattle ferry port where we boarded the 11:10 AM Sealth to Bremerton. Coming into Bremerton was quite the scene as we passed a huge Naval Battleship in the port. Bremerton is a US Naval port and has many such ships. Once we disembarked, we headed West on Route 3 to eventually merge with Highway 101, our main route down the coast for the rest of the trip.
Day 2 was fairly uneventful at first until we realized the distance we had to go to get to friends we were staying with in Roseburg, Oregon. Oops, boy were we in for a long day! Well, that’s what happens when you don’t sit down and plan carefully. This was kind of a spur of the moment trip and we resisted planning.
So we stopped at a few viewpoints and then headed inland to pick up I5 again at Salem so we could get to our friends before midnight!! Original plan was to arrive at a late dinner time, LOL! Boy did we mess that one up. Let’s just say dinner was VERY late! Here’s a shot from one of the view points and another I took from the car while driving!
And that was Day 2’s scenic memories. J has lots of photos of the bridge and causeway going from Washington into Oregon but better for memories than blogging 😉
Went downtown yesterday to see a double bill of old Japanese movies at Cinematheque with a friend and as we had some time to kill before showtime, thought we’d spend some of it walking along the Vancouver shoreline. Brollies were the gear of the day!
It was also a bit chilly for our neck of the woods. Anyways, after struggling with the brolly, taking off one glove, holding the not-so-smart phone and trying to juggle them all in the rain with only 2 hands, zoom in a bit, and hit shoot button, I managed to get a couple of shots, one of which kinda captured the moment for me.
Of course, then I had to reverse the entire procedure to get the NSSphone back into my pocket.
You get the idea. You’ve all been there, done that.