HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

•September 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Another beautiful lighthouse from the Oregon coast.  As was the case for all of the coastal lighthouses, this image was captured following a hike through brush, sand, and water.  But a somewhat rare perspective from here.

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And of course, the shot from the coastal highway.  This is the image most will have…that is unless you’re willing to do the hike.

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I CAN SEE STARBUCK’S FROM MY HOUSE…

•September 1, 2014 • 2 Comments

Well, almost.  After all, it’s Seattle and there is a Starbuck’s on nearly every corner.

Seattle by day.

SEATTLE BY DAY

Seattle by night.

SEATTLE CITY LIGHTS - WEB

The night shot is not that difficult to capture.  You really just need to be able to set a long exposure.  You should try it, if you haven’t.

A LITTLE BALBOA ART DECO…

•August 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

Now this is a California guitar.  I came across this in a very cool little art deco gallery on Balboa Island.

DECO GUITAR WEB

THE ISLAND OF BALBOA

•August 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

At the very tip of Newport Beach lies an island that is unique to Southern California.  The best way to get there is by bike, using the Balboa Ferry.  And that is exactly what I did!

You do not have to look far to see the beauty as this image indicates.  Adorning one of the many unique shops, this beauty was begging to be displayed.

FLOWER BALBOA SIG

LOWER MULTNOMAH FALLS

•August 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

And the falls just keep coming.  This image is the lower section of the Multnomah Falls just outside of Portland, Oregon.  They’re beautiful, but it’s very difficult to shoot around all of the people who are visiting the falls.

MULTOMAH FALLS - LOWER WEB

NORTH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

•August 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

Construction of the North Head Lighthouse was completed on November 15, 1897, after nearly 3 years of construction.  Located in Washington state, the North Head Lighthouse is only 2 miles from the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.  Why would two lighthouses be located so close together?  Simple, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse marks the south entrance of the Columbia River, while the North Head Lighthouse marks the north entrance of the same river.

LIGHTHOUSE 1 WEB

 

North Head is one of the windiest places in the United States, with wind velocities in excess of 100 mph being frequently measured. On January 29, 1921, winds were clocked at 126 mph before the measuring instrument blew away.

ANOTHER FAMOUS LANDMARK

•August 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.

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According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Although you can see the top portion of the falls from the highway, to view both tiers you have to walk to the viewing area located in a carved-out opening in the rock face. Tilting your head up in the narrow rocky confines of the steep cliffs, you get a mind-boggling perspective on the sheer magnitude of the falls.

For an even closer view, walk another several hundred feet up the paved trail to reach Benson Bridge, which spans the falls at the first tier’s misty base. Standing on the bridge you have a perfect view of the top tier’s full 542-foot height and a knee-wobbling vantage point over the second tier’s 69-foot drop! The bridge is named for Simon Benson, a prominent Portland businessman who owned the falls in the early part of the 1900s. Before his death, Benson gave Multnomah Falls to the City of Portland, which later transferred ownership to the USDA Forest Service.

 

 
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