Category Archives: Oregon

Pulling Left

Here’s one from Oregon at Fort Stevens State Park. The hill in the distance is part of good old Washington state.

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?'” – Mark 8:34-36

Pulling Left

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Cape Arago Lighthouse

Cape Arago Lighthouse in Oregon. There was a bridge to the lighthouse but it was removed in 2013 when the island the lighthouse sits on was given back to the Confederates Tribes. Too bad you can’t get up close to it but still a cool lighthouse.

“Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven'” – Matthew 26:64

Cape Arago Lighthouse

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Shipwreck of the Peter Iredale

This is all that is left of the Peter Iredale which went aground on October 26, 1906 at the Clatsop Spit in Oregon. There were no casualties and the ship was actually pretty intact but it got stuck in the sand so most of it was sold for scrap. If you’re interested you can read more about it here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Iredale

“but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” – Matthew 24:13

Shipwreck of the Peter Iredale

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Shipwrecked Sunset

I camped at Fort Stevens, Oregon last weekend. Pretty cool place with tons of bike riding trails, old military structures, and even a shipwreck (Peter Iredale). Pretty awesome.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” – Matthew 19:26

Shipwrecked Sunset

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Tide Pool Sunset

One of the many cool things about Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon are the tide pools that you’ll find when the tide is low. There is tons of sea life which is always fun for the kids and they make for cool subjects at sunset.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:19-21

Tide Pool Sunset

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Haystack Sunset

Here’s one from Cannon Beach, Oregon taken over the 4th of July. We camped at the only campground in Cannon Beach which happens to be privately owned called Wright’s For Camping. It was really clean and a nice spot to camp. The only problem was that our camping spot was right next to the road so make sure you look at a campground map before you book a spot.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:16

Haystack Sunset

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Haystack Reflection

Here’s one of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I took this while making my way down the beach during sunset. This was before I realized there were a million other people doing the same thing (they were more to the left). It was still pretty cool despite the crowds.

“Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” – Hosea 4:14

Haystack Reflection

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Wet Shoes

During our trip to Cannon Beach we stopped by Indian Beach which is located in the Ecola State Campground. I didn’t know it at the time but part of Goonies was shot there. Anyway, Indian Beach was pretty neat. The tide was low so there were a bunch of tide pools full of sea life and some pretty cool rock formations in the water. I was there in mid-morning so the light wasn’t the best so I was scouting out locations to hopefully go back for sunset.

Now the tide was low when we first got there and I started to notice it come back in. There were some spots that I knew would be covered with water soon so we headed back to the main beach area. I had my daughter on my back in a kid carrier, my camera gear, and hiking clothes (should have worn flip flops). I wasn’t really worried about getting stuck in a cove or anything by the tide. I was worried about getting my hiking shoes drenched with salt water since it can be so destructive. So, I scurried as fast as I could between tides. I eventually made it to a spot next to a barnacle covered rock that had a tiny dry spot. Then the time came in. I was safe. When the tide went back out I quickly tried to find the next dry spot but wait there was none. Then, the tide came in with all its fury and…my shoes got wet. I was ankle deep in it. Luckily it didn’t get any deeper but the sea won that day. The sea won…and no I wasn’t able to make it back for sunset and I got laughed at by my wife.

“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.” – Jeremiah 51:15-16

Wet Shoes

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Haystack Silhouette

Here’s another one from Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. As I was walking around the rock trying to find different angles I spotted a nice reflection in the tide pools. It was a good reminder for me to keep my eyes open, not to stay put, and try to find something unique to capture even if it has been photographed millions of times.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

Haytack Silhouette

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Stick Around

I was in Cannon Beach, Oregon last weekend for the 4th of July. It was nice to get out on the coast where it was about 15 degrees cooler (we’ve been in the 90s lately). I ventured out to catch the sunset at Haystack Rock. Now it was my first time at Cannon Beach and I quickly realized that sunset at Haystack Rock wasn’t the best place to catch the sunset on 4th of July weekend. There were about 1.2 million people all around Haystack Rock which is far from ideal for a landscape photographer who doesn’t like people in their shots. I even had a woman with her husband who was taking photos (so she should know better) start throwing a ball for her dog right in front of me. All I needed was about 2 minutes and I’d be done. I guess that’s the way it is at popular spots and I’m sure I got in someone else’s photo. What I did find is that if you stick around for the blue hour most of the people will leave and then you can have the place all to yourself (almost).

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” – Isaiah 53:6

Stick Around

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