PNW Explored – The Oregon Coast

Florence Dunes | 1/250 sec - f/14 - ISO 200 - 12mm

Florence Sand Dunes | 1/250 sec – f/14 – ISO 200 – 12mm

After our adventures on the Olympic Peninsula we crossed the mouth of the mighty Columbia River into Oregon via the Astoria Megler Bridge (have done a post about it more than a year ago, which you can read here). While new for the family, this brought me back into familiar territory, as I have visited the Oregon coast numerous times while working my project in Portland. We stayed two nights, one in Garibaldi and the second one in Florence. To see a few photos from this stretch of our summer PNW tour, continue after the jump….

Astoria Megler Bridge | 1/640 sec - f/11 - ISO 400 - 20mm

Astoria Megler Bridge | 1/640 sec – f/11 – ISO 400 – 20mm

Already while traveling the Olympic Peninsula we were confronted with the sea fog phenomenon that is quite common all along the US west coast during summer, when the hot inland air meets the frigid waters of the great Pacific Ocean. While the fog banks cover the shoreline, often all day, just half a mile inland it is all sunshine.

This phenomenon was all too visible when entering Oregon. We crossed the huge Astoria-Megler-Bridge in bright sunshine, while just a few miles back out on the beach in Fort Stevens State Park, the fog covered the beach and the dunes. Which allowed me to capture another moody shot of the wreck of the Peter Iredale, a big sailing ship that run ashore  on October 25, 1906 on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens, about four miles south of the Columbia River channel.

Peter Iredale | 1/1250 sec - f/11 - ISO 400 - 12mm

Peter Iredale | 1/1250 sec – f/11 – ISO 400 – 12mm

Continuing our late afternoon drive down the coast towards Garibaldi, we had numerous great views of the Oregon coastline with the mix of sea fog and sunshine on display.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast | 1/400 sec – f/9 – ISO 400 – 31mm

Siletz Bay | 1/2000 sec - f/11 - ISO 400 - 34mm

Siletz Bay | 1/2000 sec – f/11 – ISO 400 – 34mm

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. True to this saying, we started early morning a hike up Cascade Head, just south of Lincoln City. While starting the hike, the coastal rainforest was still covered by dense fog, but while ascending, the sun started to break through to turn this lush vegetation into a true fairytale forest.

Coastal Forest | 1/30 sec - f/9 - ISO 400 - 13mm

Coastal Forest | 1/30 sec – f/9 – ISO 400 – 13mm

Coastal Forest | 1/100 sec - f/14 - ISO 400 - 12mm

Coastal Forest | 1/100 sec – f/14 – ISO 400 – 12mm

Coastal Forest | 1/250 sec - f/7,1 - ISO 200 - 16mm

Coastal Forest | 1/250 sec – f/7,1 – ISO 200 – 16mm

Cascade Head | 1/500 sec - f/10 - ISO 200 - 35mm

Cascade Head | 1/500 sec – f/10 – ISO 200 – 35mm

On top of Cascade Head (I described a previous hike up here in more detail in an earlier post) we were in bright sunshine, with views of the Salmon River mouth and the fog covered coastline below.

Oregon Dune Fun | 1/640 sec - f/5,6 - ISO 200 - 150mm

Oregon Dune Fun | 1/640 sec – f/5,6 – ISO 200 – 150mm

Onshore Whalewatching | 1/250 sec - f/6,3 - ISO 200 - 150mm

Onshore Whalewatching | 1/250 sec – f/6,3 – ISO 200 – 150mm

Even in fog, the Oregon coast has plenty to offer, like extensive dune hiking or comfortable whale watching from shore. There is a resident population of Grey Whales living on the coast around Lincoln City. I never missed out on whales while visiting this stretch of the coast, and also this time we were treated with some beautiful vistas of the whales watching comfortably from the shore, while the tourist whale watch boats were dancing on the big ocean’s swell.

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Florence Old Town | 1/8 sec – f/16 – ISO 1600 – 61mm

It was already pretty late when getting into Florence, which has a beautiful redone historic old town, with some nice shops and restaurants. From there we visited the Hecata Head Lighthouse, which I also blogged about in a post last year.

Hecata Head Lighthouse | 1/320 sec - f/8 - ISO 200 - 16mm

Hecata Head Lighthouse | 1/320 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 16mm

We all loved our two days on the Oregon Coast. Hindsight, I should have extended the stay by another day, to leave more room for ad-hoc explorations and a few beach rests. From here on we will cross inland, with Crater Lake our next destination.

All photos taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-100mm F/4 – the images with the long zoom focal length with the PEN-F and the 40-150mm F/2.8.

RAW conversion and post-processing in Lightroom Classic CC.

Wish you all a great weekend!

Marcus

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42 comments

    1. Thanks, Tim, for your kind words, they mean so much! We really love our summer tour through the Pacific Northwest! I am so glad I can share these marvels finally with the family! Too bad that it’s coming already to an end! Marcus

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  1. Marcus, I always wanted to see the Oregon coast. Some day I hope I would see it.
    The photographs are so beautiful that you can look at them forever!
    I wish you a nice week and peaceful!

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