Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden, pt 3

Third post of monochrome compositions from the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. To see more monochrome compositions visit my Portland Japanese Garden gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden

Around 2001, I decided to build a Japanese water garden in my backyard.  I studied and planned for almost a year.  I learned as much as I could about the traditional Japanese garden, how to use plants, water and rock to reflect the natural world. Over the years my knowledge and appreciation of Japanese culture has grown. As such, a top destination during the family vacation to Oregon last summer was the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Lantern Composition 3
Japanese Lantern Composition 3

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Ecola State Park, Oregon, pt 3

Indian Beach is the northern of two day-use access areas with nearby parking.  From the parking area, the access trail begins with a wooden staircase leading down to a path covered by a dense Salal shrub ‘tunnel’.  The tunnel ends with access to a transitional area of smooth lava rock and Sitka spruce driftwood, adjacent to the sandy beach.

Sala Tunnel Access to Indian Beach
Salal Tunnel Access to Indian Beach
Indian Beach Salal and Driftwood Composition
Indian Beach Salal and Driftwood Composition

The broad beach landscape offers a photographer so many wonderful subjects and composition opportunities. Facing the Pacific is Indian Point to the right, and Bald Point to the left. Indian Beach is also a popular spot for surfers and paddle-boarders. My Tamron 15mm – 30mm lens was used for the majority of these compositions.

Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 5
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 5
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 4
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 4

The Sitka spruce driftwood and stream composition below, was one of my favorites from my visit to Indian Beach.

Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 3 Monochrome
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 3 Monochrome

Season’s Greetings to my WordPress colleagues around the world!

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Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Ecola State Park, pt 1

Just north of Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park was the last stop on our family exploration last August of the Oregon Coast.  We visited the northern Indian Beach section of the park, easily accessible from the parking lot.  The lush Sitka spruce forest and sandstone bluffs ascend to a vast beach area with driftwood, smooth volcanic rocks, small sea stacks and quite spectacular view of the ocean.  It was photographer paradise!

Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 1
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 1

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

Cheers!

C. S.

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.