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The Duet

Way Behind

Whoops, somehow I ended up WAY behind on my posts!  Catching up tonight at the airport 🙂

*The Duet – Haystack Rock // Cannon Beach, Oregon*

After a windy adventure at Ecola park, making jacket parachutes and all around shenanigans, we ventured down to the beach to pick up rocks and shells (obviously).

A rain storm always has good potential for an interesting sunset, and just as this one looked to be a dud, a ray of hope and a bit of color peaked out on the horizon. Since you would have had to be standing in the rain to be on the beach at this time, there was only one or two other folks out there, making for a very peaceful time to photograph. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the possibilities of the Oregon Coast.

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Into the Desert

*Into the Desert – Racetrack Playa // Death Valley, California*

Wow I can’t believe it was nearly two years ago that we sped across Southern California, chasing an idea to see Death Valley for the first time. Seeing the cracked earth pulling apart from itself, the soft feel of the packed ground were stark contrasts. The thing I remember most was the empty stillness. It’s like no where else.

Tomorrow we’re venturing in to a new desert, The Alvord Desert, in South East Oregon. I expect some similarities, some differences, but mostly I expect it to be completely unexpected. No cell service, sunny skies, a couple good books and a little curiosity should be just right.

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Glass

Cherry Blossom Season

While it was pretty white in Alaska (besides the northern lights of course), it’s been a color explosion here in Portland, along with the annual cherry blossoms, just about everything else is in bloom as well.  I can’t wait for wildflower season!

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*Glass – Eagle River // Anchorage, Alaska*

On a tip from a fellow northern lights photographer up in Fairbanks, I went exploring at the Eagle River Nature Center my first night in Anchorage. The park was empty, the wilderness was silent. It was a perfect place to get lost in making photographs. This one turned out to be one of my favorites.

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Rocks and Steel

SF

San Francisco, aka SF, should stand for ‘so fun’ to photograph.  That was lame… Sorry…

*Rocks and Steel – Golden Gate Bridge // San Francisco, California*

It’s hard to go to SF without shooting the GGB. Of course, though, I was struck with no fog. I was looking to shoot the bridge in a way that was out of the ordinary, and not having much luck. Then, I noticed a large rocky outcropping down the hill, and thought that might make an interesting juxtaposition between the bridge and the headlands.

I just wish Toby Harriman would have told me about the Poison Ivy down here before I had carelessly tramped around… Oh well, I hope I didn’t transfer any to his couch 🙂

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The Power of the Wave

Alaska

Well, I head to Alaska in t-minus 6 days.  Excited, yes, prepared, maybe, ready to see what happens?  DEFINITELY.

*The Power of the Wave – Thor’s Well // Cape Perpetua, Oregon*

Last week Britta and I took off towards the coast on Wednesday night, with our eyes fixed southbound towards the mighty Redwoods in northern California. But, before we got there, we spent a night in Newport and Coos Bay, Oregon. On the way out of Newport, we decided to take a quick hike down to Thor’s Well just to see how it was flowing. We totally lucked out with a great sky, and only one soaking wet shoe between us!

thor's well cape perpetua oregon coast wave sunset william woodward

The Story of Our Lives

Photo Titles

I never really know when I’m working on an image what the title is going to be, it just kind of happens as I’m reminiscing on the moment and how the photo has turned out. Sometimes it takes a couple seconds, and sometimes it just sits for a while till it comes to me.

*The Story of Our Lives // Punchbowl Falls, Oregon*

It was a beautiful weekend for a hike up the gorge with the whole Drink And Click group. I’m still waiting for a really foggy day to shoot this waterfall, but in the late afternoon shade it was still a great time to capture the fall’s beauty.

Come summer, I have a plan to swim out there with my camera in a dry sack and get a few up close and personal photographs of the falls. Until then, this view is pretty great too.

punchbowl falls oregon eagle creek waterfall william woodward