First in Flight: Wright Brothers Memorial

Either by school field trip, family vacation, or in this case Boy Scout trip, many residents of North Carolina have visited the historic Wright Brother Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, just south of Kitty Hawk, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here, on December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully conducted the first sustained controlled flight of a motorized aircraft.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition 2
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition 2

Their breakthrough engineering development of a three axis control system (pitch, roll and yaw) allowed the pilot to steer and maintain equilibrium. It remains today as the standard method of control for all fixed wing aircraft. Though I’ve visited multiple times in my life, each time I’m quite inspired by the brother’s ingenuity over years of slow but steady progress, hard work, and perseverance.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wilbur Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wilbur Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Orville Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Orville Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Landscape Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Front Composition
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Front Composition

Equally inspiring is the natural beauty found along the wind swept barrier islands of the North Carolina Outer Banks. It quite a long drive for me, but once you get there, you’re so thankful for having the opportunity to visit. For the best viewing experience, click an image to view a high resolution version. For more photos of this amazing destination, also see my Outer Banks Gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Ecola State Park, Oregon, pt 4

More photos from the beautiful Indian Beach at the northern end of Ecola State Park.

Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Or see more of my Ecola State Park gallery here.

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

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Cheers!

C. S.

Ecola State Park, Oregon, pt 2

The fresh water stream, meandering past the remains of a large Sitka spruce, on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean (and heavy overcast sky), presented an excellent opportunity for a landscape composition. I completed my workflow with an Kodak Ektachrome 100 slide film emulation with Alien Skin’s Exposure software.

Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 2
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 2

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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

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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.