Monochrome Monday: Arcadia Beach, Oregon

On the last leg of our Oregon Coast visit, our last stop before heading east to Portland was the Arcadia Beach State Recreational Area. This area is just south of the Cannon Beach and features sandstone bluffs and rock formations, and accessible tide pools.

Arcadia Beach Seascape 2
Arcadia Beach Seascape 2
Arcadia Beach Seascape 1
Arcadia Beach Seascape 1

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Or, for more compositions of the magnificent Oregon Coast, visit my Cape Kiwanda, Oceanside and Cape Meares, and Yaquina Head Marine Garden galleries.

Cheers,

C. S.

Old Town Portland Cityscapes

During our stay in Portland, we visited the Old Town district, the original urban core on the Williamette River.  Our day included a stroll along the waterfront, a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden (to be featured in a future post), Old Town Pizza, Voodoo Donuts and finally a tour of the haunted Shanghai Tunnels Portland Underground.

Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
NW Couch St Composition
NW Couch St Composition
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, click on a image to see the high resolution version. Thank you stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana, or monkey puzzle tree, is native to the south-central Andes of Chile and Argentina.  The leaves of this confer are thick and appear as triangular scales encircling the tentacle like branch, the pattern similar in structure to a pine cone.  While the leaves last on average 24 years, the tree can live as long as 1000 years. 

Monkey Puzzle Tree 1
Monkey Puzzle Tree 1

Its English name was derived during its early cultivation in Britain in the mid-1800s.  While visiting an estate in Cornwall, a lawyer noted his friend’s specimen tree “would puzzle a monkey to climb that”.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 2
Monkey Puzzle Tree 2

The round globes are the female cones.  Indigenous people in Chile and Argentina continue to harvest the edible seeds.  Our Airbnb in Portland was named after this specimen. I am impressed on how striking this tree works as a monochrome composition.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 3
Monkey Puzzle Tree 3

Thanks for stopping by today. To appreciate the character of this tree, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Cape Mears

The Cape Mears National Wildlife Refuge forms a steep bluff over 200 ft high at the southern end of Tillamook Bay on the Oregon coast.  The refuge protects a remnant of coastal old-growth forest and the surrounding habitat used by breeding seabirds, including the Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot and Black Oystercatcher.

Cape Mears Lighthouse
Cape Mears Lighthouse
Cape Mears Common Murres Colony
Cape Mears Common Murres Colony
Cape Mears Cliffs
Cape Mears Cliffs

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Smith Rock State Park, Pt 3

This post presents expansive color landscapes, featuring the wide range of earth tones found in the volcanic rock formations in Smith Rock State Park.

Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1
Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1

I typically finish my color composition workflows with a Kodachrome 25 film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3. For this series, I used Photoshop to mix in, at varying percentages, an older Kodachrome II film emulation with the newer Kodachrome 25. The results offered what I felt was a more realistic, and pleasing, presentation and separation of yellow to green tonalities.

North Point View 1
North Point View 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. More of this amazing landscape and be viewed at my Smith Rock State Park Gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Smith Rock State Park, Pt 2

Here are additional compositions I promised from my previous Smith Rock State Park post last month. I saved these for a Monochrome Monday.

Picnic Lunch Wall and Crooked River Composition
Picnic Lunch Wall and Crooked River Composition
Climbing The Dihedrals 2
Climbing The Dihedrals 2
Monument Wall Composition
Monument Wall Composition
Northern Wall Landscape Composition 3
Northern Wall Landscape Composition 3

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Cheers,

C. S.