• Travel

    Cape Blanco State Park

    Cape Blanco State Park was a windy corner. Fortunately we had much sun and only few clouds. When looking at the Fresnel optics of a lighthouse, one may get the impression of a shiny jewel. The shape is like a virus.

    Fresnel optics of second order in Cape Blanco lighthouse (Curry County, Oregon, USA). © Julian Köpke

    When walking south we found no shiny look at Pyramid Rock with a shape not much different from the optics of the lighthouse.

    Pyramid Rock at Cape Blanco State Park lies in direction south. © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    Travelling along the Pacific Ocean coast

    From California to Oregon, from high-tech state to nature. Now I’m at home in Germany and it’s already winter. What remains of a journey of two photo addicted ?

    Arch Rock is a quite common term in National Park environments. Driving further the 101 Highway after Fort Bragg we stopped at Arch Rock Picnic Area and walked to the arch that gave the name to this area.

    Arch Rock Brookings at the Oregon Pacific Ocean coast. An intense turquoise color of the outer Pacific Ocean changes to an emerald green at the shore. © Julian Köpke

    Beside this rock with water going forth and back there was a formation of rocks like dice in the sea. 

    On our hike to the distant viewpoint of the Cape Sebastian State Park, I was wondering how to photograph a coastline. Especially the cool waters contrasted with lasting warm colors of the coast.

    With a „natural“ landscape orientation given by the cam the idea of a line got lost. Harold suggested portrait orientation, which is obviously better.

    Cape Sebastian State Park coastline
    View of the Oregon coastline from Cape Sebastian State Park. Cold Pacific Ocean waters meet a warm and sunny autumn coast. © Julian Köpke

    At the far end of the viewpoint it was a quarter to noon. Some recommendations for photographers state not to take any image at noon. Well, why not ?

    Geometric shapes like a Paul Klee image contrasted with the haze of the Pacific. The horizon could not be seen by the naked eye. Only postprocessing showed it.

    I like to look towards the horizon. This view is from Cape Sebastian State Park towards the south. Pacific Ocean seems to be calm today. © Julian Köpke

    To get to Cape Blanco lighthouse we did a little hike in strong winds. A tripod was no longer a safe equipment. We got rewarded with a splendid feeling of openness, a lot of sun and fresh air and the acquaintance of a porcupine on the meadow behind the building.

    Cape Blanco Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse of Oregon. Cold temperatures, a sunny day with a blue sky. © Julian Köpke
    Porcupine on the meadow at Cape Blanco lighthouse © Julian Köpke

    Further along the Highway 101 we fell into the Heceta Head View Point at early sunset. Although tired and ready for a shower in our B&B we pulled out and had a fantastic photographic session. Impressive is the flashing light signal of Heceta Head Lighthouse.

    Heceta Head Lighthouse at sunset © Julian Köpke
  • General

    Cape perpetua

    We went up to Cape Perpetua before our breakfast. I’d been there before after the eclipse in 2017 with Christa and friends. That year the sky was full of smoke.

    Today the sun was shielded by some haze coming from the Pacific Ocean. I wasn’t clear in mind about going there a second time. The impressive view of Heceta Head lighthouse the day before hadn’t left me.

    Black and white gives more meaning and feeling than faded colors. But it’s already long time ago and far, far away.

    Cape perpetua morning haze
    Morning haze at Cape perpetua. Being there a second time my feelings weren’t clear. Although only 2 months from now in the past I feel this morning like long time ago and very far away. © Julian Köpke