Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Wet Day At The Beach

My original plan for yesterday was to finish painting the front porch.  Upon heading outside just before sunrise, I discovered we had received significant precipitation overnight.  Rain during July and August is not the norm for our area so it was very obvious that painting was out of the question.

Just for the fun of it, I took a drive out to the beach to see how many hardy tourists were venturing out on this damp day.  As I reach the top of the sand dunes, I was stunned the find the entire beach deserted!  The only sign of life were a large group of brown pelicans foraging in the surf. Apparently the pelicans are not deterred by the rain!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Three Concrete Posts

"Now this is not the end.  It is not even the begining of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the begining."  Winston Churchill

Monday, June 20, 2016

Clam Tides

Early morning clam diggers

It was a cool clear morning when I arrived at the beach for an early morning hike through the dunes.  I was surprised to find more than a dozen cars in the parking lot.  Even in the middle of the summer, the lot would be deserted at 6 AM.  As I crested the dunes, I realized that today's the low tide offered near perfect conditions for clam digging.  I was astonished to see just how far the water had receded.  I have never seen this area of the beach high and dry!

Sunday, June 5, 2016


I awoke this morning at four-thirty and decided to try and catch the sun rising over the river.  Upon my arrival at the park, I was greeted by a swarm of mosquitoes whose appetite could only be described as voracious.  

It's been over a month since my last visit to the park, so I was determined to "out last" the blood suckers and enjoy the sunrise!  

Besides numerous mosquito bites, I came home with a few images.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Is the spring coming, he said?  What is like?  It is like the sun shinning on the rain and the sun falling on the sunshine ...."  Frances Hodgson Burnett

Spring is a time of transitions, especially for the weather.  I left for the beach this morning as the sun was shining,  By the time I arrived, twenty minutes later, the clouds had thickened and quickly began dumping rain.  I soon realized that today's adventure in photography was going to be about the falling rain.

Today's image is of the Astoria-Megler Bridge as seen from the front front seat of my truck during an intense downpour.  Spring, you have to love it!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Leftovers Again

One of my favorite places to hike is through the sand dunes along the beach.  Many unimproved trails pass near this cross and over the years, I have photographed it countless times.  All of my previous images were made from a distance and from approximately the same perspective.  

This past July, I decided to return on different days and find an "altered perspective".  This image was selected from over 100 made during a three month period.  

This exercise reminded me that your first camera position may not make the strongest image.  I also discovered that when you think that you have "the best camera position", take two steps forward and then make your image.  This rule applies unless you are photographing near the edge of a cliff.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Parsley Going To Seed

I love leftovers, especially if they involve pizza!  I was cleaning out my Lightroom catalog recently and found a couple of images made in 2015 but were never posted.  So for the next post or two, leftovers are on the menu.

Gardening has been an interest of mine since childhood.  Until this past summer, I had never grown herbs so at the urging of my lovely wife, I gave it a try.  During a visit to the garden center, I purchased three large clay pots chive, parsley, and basil starts. Apparently, the three herbs chosen are easy to grow and are abundant producers.

As it turned out, the parsley also served as a handy photographic subject one September afternoon.  Who would have guessed!