The Urging of Then Meets the Insistence of Now

Oregon Trip–Part two, chapter two.

It struck me this morning that today might be the very last Thursday of my childhood. Some of you already know this, but my wife, Teri, is pregnant, due Christmas Day. She has convinced her Ob/Gyn to attempt induction next Monday night, meaning that I could be a daddy in less than a week. This impending life change has given me food for thought. Can one ever really graduate from childhood without becoming a parent, at least in terms of reprioritizing one’s life in order to oversee the welfare a child (or other dependent)? I’ve felt like an adult for years, and I have the graying hair to prove it, but Teri’s pregnancy has made me realize that I’ve never had to assume any responsibility as significant as the one that’s about to take residence in what was once our “guest” bedroom.

As excited as I am to meet this little person, I am also nervous about the impact it may have on my photography, at least as I embrace it now. Teri and I typically travel about four times a year, and those trips invariably revolve in some way around my photography. Vacations in the future are likely to take on a completely different texture, and I hope I can adapt.

Speaking of photography trips, my latest installment of the Oregon trip is long overdue.

Here we arrive at Tuesday, August 23, 2011, which was my brother’s 33rd birthday. If you’re keeping score, my favorite travel days, at least in terms of photography, tend to coincide with the birthdays of those who are closest to me, which probably makes me a jerk since I’m not at home to celebrate along with them on their special day. August 23rd was no exception. In both design and execution, it turned out to be an absolute photography marathon up the Oregon Coast, starting south of our campgrounds at Honeyman State Park and ending at Ecola State Park.

According to my metadata, my first shot was taken at 6:52 am at Woahink Lake, as the first light of the day gradually gave form to the pine trees on the far shore east of our vantage point, slowly illuminating the floating field of lily pads spread out before us. I did not get a single real “keeper” at the lake, but it was a gorgeous way to start the day.

My last shot of the day, taken at 8:45 pm and 170 miles nearly due north, was of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, bathed in the fading pink/orange/purple glow of crepuscule. I had finally found a sturdy spot for my tripod away from the wood deck at Ecola State Park, which was vibrating with the footsteps of the last few stragglers admiring the lighthouse at twilight. The picture is the last one below.

The rest of my favorite shots of the day can be found below, in chronological order. Given the itinerant nature of our one-day tour up the coast, I forgot the location names of several shots. So if you simply must know where any of the unidentified shots were taken, just ask, and I’ll do some more research. Conversely, if you know where such photographs were taken, please let me know!

Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon Coast

Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon Coast

Strawberry Hill, Oregon Coast

Strawberry Hill, Oregon Coast

Somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Beach art and approaching fog, Ona Beach State Park

Beach art and approaching fog, Ona Beach State Park

Surfers, Devil

Surfers, Devil's Punchbowl

Ben and me, somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Ben and me, somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Seastacks at Tillamook Bay, Garibaldi, Oregon

Seastacks at Tillamook Bay, Garibaldi, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon

Seastack, somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Seastack, somewhere along the Oregon Coast

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Rocks at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Rocks at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Hawk, Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Hawk, Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast


Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast


Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast

  • Ben - Those fog shots crack me up, since most of them were taken near moments before or after the scenery was completely obscured. I’d never seen such a thick blanket of fog move so quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Buck - I know it! I should have taken some time-lapse sequences of some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Maxwell - Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous… My friend from Oregon is LOVING this trip back home 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Buck - Thanks, Beth! And Greetings, friend from Oregon! I love your state.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I actually gasped at the Strawberry Hill shot. Strong work.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - Breathtaking and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Buck - Thanks, Liz! Thanks, Marianne!ReplyCancel

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