Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Southern Oregon Coast Adventure - Day One

Ever since traveling the southern Oregon coast in 2015, I've yearned to return.  The ocean scenery visible right from US Hwy 101 was jaw-dropping gorgeous.  Sadly, I was on a tight schedule back then and couldn't spare the time to stop and explore further.  Vowing to return, I planned a trip for last spring.  But conflicts with preparations for a Hawaii vacation forced me to cancel.

Pacific Ocean from Hwy 101

Last December, after a particularly tough day at work, I sat down at my computer, pulled up the Harris Beach State Park website, and impulsively made yurt reservations for late April.  This time I promised myself I'd make that trip - come hell or high water.

My lovely yurt at Harris Beach State Park

And the last week of April I did just that - loading my car with camera gear, food, and camping supplies in preparation for a long weekend of exploring the southern Oregon coast.  After an extremely long 6 1/2 hour drive, I finally arrived at my home for the weekend - a lovely yurt at Harris Beach State Park near the town of Brookings.

Harris Beach

As far south as one can go on the Oregon Coast, Brookings is located just over the California border.  The surrounding area boasts plenty of natural beauty, including picturesque rugged coastlines, lovely wild beaches, plus plenty of coves, capes, and offshore islands to explore and photograph.

Lone fisherman

Photographing this beauty was why I'd traveled here.  After unloading and grabbing a quick bite of dinner, it was time to stretch my legs and warm up the camera.

Evening beach walk

Right away I fell in love with Harris Beach State Park.  Not only was the campground wooded, green and gorgeous, a short trail led me right to the ocean shore.  No driving necessary!

Someone had drawn these perfect circles in the sand

I had a couple of hours until sunset, so I meandered along the beach, snapping images of anything that caught my fancy.  Like a huge area of identical circles someone had raked into the sand.

Mother and daughter having fun

I watched a mother and daughter climbing on the shoreline rocks.......

Seaweed on a rock

Studied the seaweed clinging to a large boulder.....

I could've watched the waves forever

Watched the waves endlessly crash and recede......(so mesmerizing!)


And laughed at a flock of seagull's antics.

Crashing waves

The day had been gloomy with intermittent rain showers for most of my trip.  With the overcast skies, I thought the evening sunset would be a bust.  So imagine my surprise when a half hour before dusk, a break in the clouds illuminated the beach with warm light.

Fantastic evening light

The colors just popped!  It was the most fantastic evening light.  Truly a photographer's dream.

Fading light

Soon the sun began it's journey towards the horizon.  Searching the rocky coastline, I found a place that I hoped would provide an interesting enough background for the colorful sky show to come.

Orange sky

An incoming tide began to swallow up the available beach real estate.  Waiting for the sun to drop, I periodically had to move my tripod further back to escape a drenching by the waves.

A sinking sun turned the sky colors

Soon the sky started to glow in the most fabulous shades of orange and pink.  These colors reflected perfectly on the wet sand.  The sun sank towards the horizon, and I kept snapping away, capturing this wonderful first night on the southern Oregon coast.

Colorful reflections in the wet sand

I stayed out until the last light faded from the sky.  By now the incoming tide had transformed the beach into a narrow strip of sand, so I had to carefully pick my way back to the main road.

Good night!

A great start to my weekend!  Tomorrow I had big plans to explore the beaches, bluffs, and short trails along the Samuel H Boardman Scenic Corridor.  More posts to come, so stay tuned!


  1. One of my favorite places on earth! I wonder how they drew all those circles. Have a great week!

  2. Amazing collection of photos!
    It was nice to see the beautiful circles drawn on the sand.
    Beautiful waves, seagulls:)
    Nice to see the colorful sky with the sunset:)

  3. Your sunset photos are gorgeous, Linda - I love that "orange sky" pic! We enjoyed a magnificent sunset last summer at Harris Beach during our west coast National Parks trip and we, too, vowed to return to the Oregon coast. It's simply magical, isn't it?!

  4. ...another beautiful slice of Oregon. I've never been south of Tillamook, need to put it on the list!

  5. Hello, looks like a wonderful getaway at the coast. The yurts are a neat lodging. Beautiful views of the coastline and sunset. The sunset reflection on the sand looks gorgeous. Enjoy your day!

  6. Wonderful! I love the beach, those circles, and the sunset. Tell me about the yurt! I hope it's part of your plans. :-)

  7. You remind me that The Oregon coast has always been on my bucket list. Interesting photos.

  8. Excelente trabalho fotográfico desta bela praia, gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

  9. What a gorgeous sunset. Yurt camping is on my list, and I have a vafue memory of Brookings from our last trip up the Northern CA/OR coast back in 2008 (I'm pretty sure we did some geocaching near there). Were these pictures taken with your dSLR, or your mirrorless camera?

  10. I've not been to Brookings but may be one day. Love sunset photos with reflection in the wet sand! Yurts are nice to stay in aren't they? Slept in a few myself! Take care!

  11. Oh so pretty! I could listen to the waves crashing all day, week, month maybe even a year before tiring of them. What a great trip! I used to follow a blogger who volunteered at Harris...birds were her thing:)

  12. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous place and how lovely the sun came out enough for that beautiful sunset!! What a great weekend trip!

  13. Dramatic seascapes. There's something special and calming about coastal walking.

  14. What lovely pictures! Seems odd that someone made all those circles.

  15. Boy you got lucky with the sun coming through at the end of the day! Beautiful images!

  16. There's no sunset like an Oregon coast sunset!

  17. Few things better than a sunset on a rocky beach with crashing waves

  18. Very beautiful! Hubby and I haven't stayed in a yert. Gotta do it! Love that sunset!!

  19. Wonderful shots - it looks like a great area. I like the lone fisherman image.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: I see you are a fellow Subaru driver!!

  20. Hi! Very beautiful! It's a nice dicision to make up your mind to go to Oregon coast. I loke your all photos very much. Especially I love your photos of " Crashing waves" and " Colorful reflections in the wet sand." Thanks for sharing.

  21. Such wonderful photos, Linda! I'm glad you were able to finally re-make this trip to the Oregon Coast!The circle sin the sand photo was so unique and mystical looking. I have yet to visit Oregon. I am way overdo but someday my husband and I want to travel the Pacific coast from San Francisco to the end of Washington state. We did the droive from San Diego to San Francisco a long time ago.

  22. Did you go to Chetco Point? That's my favorite spot in Brookings! I have stayed in those yurts at Harris Beach too. Such a cool little town, I go in March almost every year.

  23. It's been six years since our last visit at the ORegon Coast. Your photos got me yearning for a return!
    this is MonaLiza, I dont know but I cant comment using my wordpress account.

  24. such wild and awesome beauty. The yurts are cool


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