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, pt 2

Additional compositions of the Oregon coast from my visit last August.

Arcadia Beach Seascape 3
Arcadia Beach Seascape 3
Arcadia Beach Seascape 4
Arcadia Beach Seascape 4

I appreciate you taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Or click here to see my Arcadia Beach gallery.

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.

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.

Oh Oregon! Cape Lookout and Oceanside

North of Nestucca Bay on the Oregon coast, Hwy 101 heads north northeast inland through Cloverdale and Hemlock, away from the coastline, to Tillamook (say cheese!).  One the coastline, west of Hwy 101, along Netarts Bay Rd, are Cape Lookout State Park, Netarts Bay, the sea stacks at Oceanside and the lighthouse at Cape Mears.  This post features compositions from the north side of Cape Lookout and the sea stacks at Oceanside.

Cape Lookout Landscape
Cape Lookout Landscape
Cape Lookout Landscape Detail
Cape Lookout Landscape Detail
View of Oceanside From Cape Lookout
View of Oceanside From Cape Lookout
Oceanside Seascape Composition 1
Oceanside Seascape Composition 1
Oceanside Seascape Composition 2
Oceanside Seascape Composition 2
Oceanside Seascape Composition 3
Oceanside Seascape Composition 3
Oceanside From Cape Meares
Oceanside From Cape Meares

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Bubble Play at Cape Kiwanda

Initially, I imaged a dreamy, glow treatment for these compositions, but ended up with a watercolor wash treatment using Filter Forge. This was after taking the color version to monochrome while retaining the color in the bubbles. The idea was to further abstract the fantasy color bubble concept a bit further.

Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 2 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 2 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 1 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 1 Monochrome Wash

To best experience the creative treatment, click on an image to view the high resolution version and to visit my Cape Kiwanda gallery. There you’ll also find the prior color and monochrome versions of these compositions.

Cheers!

C. S.

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pt 2

Following up on my last post, here are more compositions of this amazing destination on the Oregon Coast.

Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 4
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 4
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 3
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 3
Cape Kiwanda Northern View Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Northern View Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 2
Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 2

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

Cheers!

C. S.