Posted in Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, The Coast, Wordless Weekend

Wordless Weekend: Yaquina Bay Bridge

Last weekend, I spent a couple of beautiful, stunningly clear and warm days happily exploring this fabulous bridge and the area around it. It’s a lovely bridge and I had a happy time searching for different views of it – from the North, from the South, walking across it, directly beneath it, through foliage…

Here are some of the views for you…

Posted in Nature, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, The Coast, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Shell Mountain at The Fish Peddler in Bay City, Oregon. It’s always an impressive sight when driving along the 101 on the Oregon Coast. I learned that the best shells are replanted and reseeded in the company’s oyster beds to provide for continued sustainability. Pretty remarkable!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Here’s a short news story on a similar process of recycling shells in Chesapeake Bay:

 

Posted in Cannon Beach, Nature, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

The Challenge:

This week, share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life….You can mix and match places, people, objects, and activities that represent your idea of a harmonious, pleasing combination.  ~Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

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Bright leaf, beachy grasses, feathers, sand. I love how these found objects create a unified whole.

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

 

Posted in Nature, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, Seaside, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

This week’s challenge: capture a shadow that’s a meaningful part of the image.

It was a lovely day on the Oregon Coast, with ideal lighting conditions that sent me seeking photographic treasures, with this image a prized find. I love the specific shadow cast by the sand dollar, repeating the curve of the sand dollar but also indicating the change in shape of the hollow beneath it. I also love the dramatic contrast and depth created by shadow throughout the sandy scene. I was very fortunate to have found this little treasure on that ramble.

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Half Sand Dollar, Seaside Oregon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This challenge was a bit difficult for me – only because it was hard to narrow it down. Ben, in his WordPress post, says this about gracefulness: “Gracefulness is a tricky quality — it manifests itself as an effortless, subtle harmony between a subject and its environment.”

I often find this harmony at the beach…in the motion of the waves, for instance, or in the architecture of one of the many bridges or in one of Oregon’s beautiful lighthouses. Finally, though, I settled on this walkway, outside Newport’s Visual Arts Center. Until I read Ben’s post, I didn’t realize that one reason this spot appeals to me is the effortless harmony between the lampposts and the walkway: they are part and parcel of it. lampposts

The rhythm, repetition, and scale of the lampposts, as well as the material from which they are made, fit in perfectly with their location near the ocean, with its own rhythm, repetition, and scale. I want to go back.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful