June 7, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Oregon Beach Bill, which forever guarantees the public’s right to access and passage on all beaches along the Oregon Coast. Earlier law had set the extent of the public land at the high tide line, but the Beach Bill made it so that public land extended to the vegetation line. After a childhood in California and many years as a resident of Hawaii, both states which also have [read more …]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has closed the road to Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach on the northern Oregon coast due to slipping and sinking pavement. Fortunately, it looks like repairs will be made quickly and the park should re-open on April 20. Check for status updates at Ecola and other parks on the Oregon State Parks Website.
Spring has definitely (and finally!) arrived in western Oregon, with wildflowers and gardens bursting into bloom. Mount Pisgah Arboretum and surrounding Howard Buford Recreation Area is an excellent place to see and photograph a good variety of native plants. As usual, Osoberry and Spring Beauty were among the very first to bloom, soon to be followed by the Trilliums, always a northwest favorite. Two species of Trillium are found at Mt. Pisgah: Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is common throughout the [read more …]
Looking for some inspiration and education this year? Striving to visit very special locations with someone who can show you both the iconic views and little-known lookouts? Want to take your photographic skills to a new level? I’m very pleased to offer several photography workshops to fantastic locales in 2017. Already on tap are the Redwoods in California, the fantastic southern Oregon coast, Red Rock country in southern Utah (Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Escalante National Monument), and [read more …]
NATJA, the North American Travel Journalists Association, just announced the results of their 2016 travel media awards competition. I’m very happy to share that my newest book, Oregon, A Photographic Journey, won Gold in the Travel Book/Guide category. In addition to the Gold award, I earned a Silver in the Landscape Photography category for a photo of Smith Rock State Park in Oregon that was published in VIA Magazine, and was cited as a Finalist in the Travel Guide category [read more …]
I am pleased and honored that one of my photos was chosen as the cover image for the 2017 Wild Desert Calendar. This calendar is produced each year by the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and always features outstanding photography of the deserts and wildlands of eastern Oregon. The photo above was taken from the summit of Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon. Wildhorse Lake is at the bottom right of the photo, and the view extends along the ridge of the [read more …]
An update to Photographing Oregon, pages 153-155: In December 2016, a series of slides along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge have caused major changes on this popular hike. A bridge washout has closed the trail above Punchbowl Falls, meaning Tunnel Falls is currently inaccessible. It will likely be late summer 2017 at the earliest before repairs are made. More significantly to most photographers, the entire viewpoint for Metlako Falls now rests at the bottom of the [read more …]
Thanks to the King City Camera Club for inviting me to give a presentation on the best locations for nature photography in the Pacific Northwest. Great group and a good Q&A session after the slideshow. I’m always happy to share my photos and knowledge of the many great photo locations in Oregon and Washington with camera clubs and outdoors organizations. If your group would like to book a presentation, just shoot me an email.
I super excited to announce that I’ve been invited to join the pros at Muench Workshops and will be co-leading a photo workshop on the Oregon Coast with Marc Muench. The dates for this workshop are November 9-12, 2016. We’ll base in Brookings, Oregon, with daily photo excursions on the dramatic southern Oregon coast and into the California Redwoods. Itinerary and details for this all-inclusive photography workshop are available at www.muenchworkshops.com Please join us! Muench Workshops tend to fill up [read more …]
Cape Kiwanda and the beach at Pacific City are unique among locations on the Oregon coast for several reasons. And each of those unique attributes makes an excellent subject for photography. First, unlike the volcanic rock that forms most headlands on the coast, Cape Kiwanda is largely sandstone. As typical of that soft rock, it gets eroded by water and wind into pleasing formations. Second, Haystack Rock, a volcanic remnant, is the sole sea stack jutting out of the ocean [read more …]