It had been awhile since I'd visited the Oregon Coast. Only a short hour's drive from home, I really had no excuse for this long absence. So two weeks ago I decided to remedy things.
My favorite weather forecaster was predicting a beautiful sunset that day. Having missed out on several brilliant skyshows recently, I felt the need to finally capture one. So I texted my neighbor and photographic genius Cheri and suggested we head west to photograph sunset on the coast.
|Wild wave show on the jetty|
Although I'd initially suggested Cannon Beach (can't go wrong with Haystack Rock), this was a wildly popular place, and therefore usually crowded. Cheri suggested a quieter alternative, nearby Rockaway Beach.
|Sad reminders of the ocean's dangers|
On our way to Rockaway Beach, Cheri and I passed through the town of Tillamook, and then headed north by Tillamook Bay. A popular place for fisherman and crabbers, we stopped on the north jetty to watch huge waves roll over the rocky breakwater. It was quite the show!
|Wish I knew the story behind these crosses|
I noticed four crosses had been placed in between the jetty's rocky surface. Names and dates were painted on each one, and three of the crosses bore the same date of death. I didn't know the story behind these crosses, but assumed they must have been due to some tragic boating accident. Sad reminders of the ocean's dangers.
|Cheri is in position for sunset|
After lingering around the jetty for a good half hour, entertaining ourselves watching the huge waves crashing over the rocky wall, Cheri decided we'd better get to our sunset spot to allow enough time for set up. Luckily, Rockaway Beach wasn't very far up the road, and 10 minutes later, we pulled into a tiny parking area. The beach was a short walk through a tunnel of vegetation.
|Sun trying to break through the clouds|
The beach was a wide open expanse of sand and sky. Two large sea stacks stood prominently to the south. And, best of all, crowds were nil.
|A few rays break through|
|Sinking behind the clouds|
Hooray! A gorgeous sunset! Cheri and I worked our shutters furiously trying to capture it all.
|After the sun had set, the sky turned a brilliant pink|
After the sun dropped below the horizon, the few people gathered on the beach watching the show began to leave. Little did they know the best was yet to come.
|Beautiful clouds and reflections|
|Last of the sky color|
So dramatic - and breathtaking! Cheri and I agreed it had been very much worth the drive. After packing up our equipment, we stopped in the nearby town of Garibaldi for some take-out fish and chips before heading home.
This quick trip made me realize I need to visit the Oregon Coast more often. I've decided one of my New Year's resolutions will be to photograph more ocean sunsets.