Thursday forecasted for big waves and massive swells along the Oregon and Washington coast's. Randy (http://www.randybottphotography.com/) and I opted to meet up in the morning at Cape Disappointment in Washington to grab some photos of what was likely going to be a rather epic show.
Upon arriving, I noticed the gate to the beach was closed and that there was a sign up outside of the ranger's office stating, "dangerous waves today". I parked, walked in to get a Discovery Pass (Washington parks pass) and talked to the lady working inside. She said this was the worst storm they had seen in a long time and that the waves were even carrying driftwood over the road... That's pretty intense as I have been here before during high surf, but nothing like this.
I had spent some time hanging out with a friend in Yakima this past weekend. I woke up early on Monday morning to get on the road early enough to catch the sunrise somewhere along the way - I didn't really have a place in mind, just figured I would stop once I found a location. As I headed north on Interstate 82, I could see both Mt Rainier and Mt Adams as I climbed out of the Yakima valley - my first stop was at the rest area as it has a nice view of both mountains. I noticed the moon up overhead of Rainier and thought I would wait and try to catch the moon setting over the summit... Well, that didn't happen. The moon was taking entirely too long and the sunrise was washing out the details of the moon; plus, the colors just weren't happening over either of the peaks.
I am going to talk about our Photo Friday, Episode 5. In this week's episode, Randy (http://www.randybottphotography.com/) and I head up Snoqualmie Pass to Franklin Falls - we discuss circular polarizers, a definite must for any landscape photographer. Along with that, it's the usual shenanigans of fun and adventure and the art of exploration to find new locations to shoot.
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.
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.