A few days after my last post, my lovely bride and I loaded the Escape and headed west. Our ultimate destination was south-central Washington state, to attend our grandson’s birthday party. For a little extra fun, we chose to drive up the California coast and into Oregon before we headed inland. This was not my first time on a coast but, having been born and raised in the high plains of a landlocked state (Wyoming) and currently living in the high desert (Nevada), seeing the vast expanse of water with nothing (figuratively, not literally) on the horizon was different and fun. We also experienced an unknown phenomenon called ‘humidity.’ We’re told they have it there all the time – how very interesting.
One of my photography and Photoshop mentors (and very good friend) has been blogging about travel photography recently. She and her hubby travel often, so she has vast experience and knowledge on the subject. She encourages her readers to take lots of pictures when traveling. Please forgive me, Katie, I tried but probably didn’t take as many as I could or should have. The engineer in me just can’t take pictures just to consume pixels. Someday I’ll get over it – I hope.
In addition to birthday presents and our bags, I packed all the camera bodies and lenses for the trip. My lovely bride expressed an interest in using a ‘big camera’ on this trip, so the Canon EOS Rebel XSi was hers to use. I had to be on top of my game to explain the photography concepts I’ve been struggling to learn. I enjoyed trying to put into words the actions/effects of and relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in making images. The part I liked best, however, was her fresh perspective on photo composition. Susan is a quilter and tole painter, and her artistic eye is vastly different from mine. As expected, we took many pictures of the same subject, but our interpretations and capture rarely showed the same subject. The wildlife photographer in me, combined with my engineering background, makes me work to get close to a subject, while she takes a broader view. Not surprisingly, her images are very good, and I enjoyed the experience of learning to look at things differently. I hope her influence helps me be a better photographer, in the same way that she helps me be a better person.
Let’s get to the pictures. I’m still working on pictures from the trip so you won’t see everything in this post. This first group are shots along the California coast – I don’t recall specific locations.
We spent the night at Ft. Bragg CA. Our hotel was called the Emerald Dolphin and they had a miniature golf course, with a free round included with our hotel room. After a long day in the car, a little mini golf was great. Nope, we didn’t keep score, but I’m certain that my lovely bride took the trophy!
On our way out of Ft. Bragg, we stopped at Glass Beach. The views were gorgeous, but we got caught up in the wildlife. I am a wildlife photographer, after all.
The last images for this post come from the Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. Do a quick Google search for Heceta Lighthouse and you’ll find lots of information. This is one of many lighthouses built along the Oregon coast, and is currently owned and maintained by Oregon Parks and Recreation. We took the brief tour and learned about the unique Fresnel lenses that concentrate the light, focusing it in one direction. The landscape shots were made from a scenic overlook just south of the lighthouse. The lightkeeper’s residence can be seen in the last image. They were preparing for a wedding at the residence when we were there – what a fun venue for a wedding.
Well, that’s all for today. There will be many more pictures in future posts. After all, we visited an aquarium and a brewery, saw several great bridges, and more beautiful scenery. Oh yeah – we stayed in a bed and breakfast that was originally a Sears kit house!
Enjoy – PHOTOROGR