Fall is one of the best times of the year. The changing of color, the cooler air, the smell of a wood burning stove as you drive along through the countryside - all senses come alive.
I love fall. I find that I spend a lot of time exploring as much as I can in a short window as the season only lasts so long. Other seasons last for months - you won't really miss much if you put it off for a weekend or even a few weeks. It's not like that during the fall - the colors start to change in waves and just one storm could send all of those leaves falling to the ground. If you miss it, well you'll have to wait an entire year to enjoy it again.
Yesterday I was invited on a hike up to Sauk Mountain in the North Cascades. I had heard of this hike earlier in the year via a friend's Facebook page - the views looked stunning and I knew I wanted to go, I just didn't know if or when it would happen. After being invited, I looked it up and realized that was the hike I wanted to do! Naturally I agreed to join; beautiful views, fresh (smokey) air, some exercise - why not go?
I had planned this trip with a friend back at the beginning of April - the coast was due for a negative tide meaning some of the beaches and coves that are typically inaccessible were reachable. The main area I really wanted to visit was Secret Beach. I have been to Secret Beach a few times now, but not once have I been down on the beach, and I certainly haven't been on a low enough tide to access the back two coves. Tide aside, it was nearly a perfect time for the Milky Way to be visible over the water.
Exposure blending is when you take several photos of the same scene at different settings to create a final image that captures all of the details. In the case of the image I am using for this, I wanted to get the details of a sea cave along with the view at the end. Had I shot a single image, I would have lost detail on one end or the other: either you'd be able to see what was at the end of the tunnel or you would be able to see the detail of the tunnel, but not the view at the end.
As some of you may already know, my favorite part of Oregon is the southern coast, and one of my favorite places in the entire Pacific Northwest is the redwoods. The beauty of both of these areas is jaw dropping - if you ever find yourself in this part of the world, definitely visit both areas.
For 400 days of the year, it rains in Oregon, so when the skies are clear and the sun is out, I try to enjoy it as much as possible. This collection of photos started with getting up at 1am and driving out to the town of Mt Hood, located just south of Hood River.
Typically when people think of the Columbia River Gorge, they think of places like Multnonmah Falls, the Eagle Creek trail, Beacon Rock, etc., but often people don't realize there is a lot more to the gorge including an abundance of lesser known waterfalls, a boatload of hikes and the original Columbia River Highway.
One of the other beautiful sunsets I was able to witness over these gloomy winter months was out at Cape Kiwanda. I've been here several times (as you can see by viewing images in my PNW gallery), but this is the first time I have experienced a light pillar. Actually, I'm pretty sure this is one of the only times I have even seen a light pillar, let alone photographed one.