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

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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