Oh Oregon! Yaquina Head Marine Garden & Lighthouse

Last week the family spent a week in Oregon, 4 days with my sister and brother-in-law in Bend, and then on to the Pacific Coast and finally Portland. I almost filled up two 64GB SD cards! Guess I’ll be curating, editing and posting these photos for the next several months.

Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 1
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 1

This first post features Yaquina Head Marine Garden and Lighthouse, just north of Newport, Oregon. We were rewarded with beautiful scenery including multiple bird species, tide pool creatures and sea lions basking on the rocks.

Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 2
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 2
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 3
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 3
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 4
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 4
Yaquina Head Sea Lion Composition
Yaquina Head Sea Lion Composition
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

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Monochrome Monday – Bodie Island Lighthouse

Like the Hatteras Lighthouse 53 miles (85 km) to the south along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “body”) stands 156 feet (47.5 m) and is also part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and maintained by the National Park Service. Unlike other lighthouses which switched to aviation beacons, the Bodie Island Lighthouse maintains an original first-order Fresnel lens to cast its light.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Abstract 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Window 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Window 1
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Interior 2
Bodie Island Lighthouse Seascape
Bodie Island Lighthouse Seascape

Thank you taking time to visit my photograph blog. If you like these compositions, then check out my Cape Hatteras Lighthouse posts Part 1 and Part 2. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Canadian Hole: Ridin’ the Wind

Located on the Pamelco Sound side of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Canadian Hole is acknowledged as one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding locations on the American east coast, if not the world  Returning from a late afternoon visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial, we pulled off Highway 12 between Avon and Buxton to enjoy watching these windsurfers ride the wind.

Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4

Photographed the following day, his last composition features a kiteboarder in the Atlantic Ocean side of Hatteras Island near the city of Hatteras.

Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition
Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition

In our campground in Fresco, I met a gentlemen named Gerard from Montreal.  A serious kiteboarder, he was evidence Canadian Hole was indeed discovered by Canadians in the early 1980s. Thanks for stopping by today. Click to see a high resolution version of each image.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seacape

This magnificent osprey nest was near our Scout campsite in Frisco, North Carolina on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks. The wind and salt burned pine trees provide both habitat and an intriguing seascape. The female spent most of the day sitting, while the male hunted for food and nesting material.

Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seascape
Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seascape

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Pamlico Sound Sunset

An hour before sunset, I had attempted to photograph windsurfers and
kiteboarders just north of Buxton on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Unfortunately there was no wind, no windsurfers and no kiteboarders. Fortunately though, I arrived back at our campsite in Frisco just in time to capture these wonderful sunset compositions looking west across the Pamlico Sound.

Pamlico Sound Sunset 1
Pamlico Sound Sunset 1

The eastern side of the Outer Banks is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, while the western side is separated from the North Carolina mainland by the vast Pamlico Sound. Extending 80 miles (129 km) long and 15 to 20 miles (32 km ) wide, the Pamlico Sound is the largest lagoon on the North American East Coast.

Pamlico Sound Sunset 2
Pamlico Sound Sunset 2
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3 - Touching the Sun Detail
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3 – Touching the Sun Detail

To see these sunsets in their fullest glory, click to see the high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station

Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the treacherous Diamond Shoals just of the coast of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, have claimed over 5,000 ships and untold lives since record keeping began in the 1526, In response to public outcry after two tragic ship wrecks in 1878, the US Treasury Department  finally funded a series of Live Saving Stations along the North Carolina Outer Banks. The new Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station was built on the South Point in 1988 to replace the deteriorating previous North Point station built in 1898.

Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station 1
Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station 1
Oregon Inlet Station Abstract
Oregon Inlet Station Abstract
Oregon Inlet Trail 1
Oregon Inlet Trail 1
Oregon Inlet Trail 2
Oregon Inlet Trail 2

Thank you for stopping by! For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version of each composition.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Lost and Found Beach Photos

As a follow-up from last week, here is the final set of compositions from the Carolina coast. Only six more months to my next family beach vacation!

North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Head'n Out to Fish 1
Head’n Out to Fish 1
Gulf Stream Bound
Gulf Stream Bound
Seagull Hangout
Seagull Hangout

Thank you for visiting today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see all the detailed tonality in a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.