Our car camping trip is coming to an end. We are spending the last few nights in a Budget hotel in Newport Oregon. While we are not on the coast we are just a few blocks from it.
Last night we had a fabulous diner in a restaurant overlooking the beach and the setting sun. Afterwards, we got ice cream cones and took a short walk on the still very cold beach. The walk was short lived.
Sea lions are still a big hit with us.
Before we got to Newport we visited the Devils Churn for some world class wave action. This family got a little too close and would be soaked in a few minutes.
Let’s not forget that pot is legal in Oregon so, as you would expect, there are many outlets. I kinda look like a narc, don’t I?
This has been quite some trip. I would have to say that the Oregon coast has so much to see that Kim an I are constantly saying to each other that this must be the most fabulous view/place on the trip, but of course it never is. It just keeps getting better and better.
I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised that there are seals everywhere–but I am.
The cold 40 mile per hour north winds made for some interesting blowing sand on the Oregon Sand Dunes National Park.
I bet that you knew that in all that desolation I would find some beach driftwood to photograph.
How about a foggy, rainy morning barn? Nice, eh?
And finally a great, great walk through a park with 11 waterfalls!!!
This place is truly a paradise on earth. Now if it would just warm up a bit it would be perfect.
Ok, I can’t help myself. One more photo of an old stair way into an abandoned lighthouse.
Bullards Beach State Park
I thought that I would share some of the driftwood photographs that I have been working on. I wish I had my computer to get them just perfect, but for now my iPhone will have to suffice. Driftwood art can take many forms. Here are a few examples.
Here is an example using it as a driftwood frame. That’s Jack, one of my photo buddies who stopped by on his way to Alaska.
And that’s my lovely wife Kim trying to act like a piece of driftwood. Pretty convincing, huh?
This is one of my favorite pieces of driftwood. It looks great in black and white.
OK, how about just one more.
And I promise, this IS the last one…. at least for today!!!
Bullards Beach State Park
I know that it sounds silly, but I really came to the coast of Oregon with one purpose in mind, to photograph driftwood on the beach. It has been over 40 years since I have been here and that is the one memory that I have from my short time in Oregon. So it was a surprise to find so many interesting lighthouses.
Coquille River Lighthouse It right here in the Bullards Beach State Park. Reflection is really no more than a mud puddle.
And here is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. We took a tour of this one it was only $2!
See that tiny little light house in the distance. That’s Cape Arago Lighthouse. It is now in private ownership, and that’s as close as you can get to it.
Remember I said driftwood. There is no shortage of it. I think that I will have some fun getting down on the beach for some photo ops. I post some arty ones later.