After only one night at Cannon Beach, we continued South on Hwy 101. Our first stop was at this stretch of coastline.
I’m particularly drawn to the ocean.
Always feels like I’m coming home when I walk along its shore.
I was quite surprised when we came upon these sand dunes.
Though the area is called the Oregon Dunes National Forest, it is actually in Northern California, off Hwy 101 near Reedsport.
Along the side of the road was this wonderful rickety fence…
shadow dancing in the sun. Continuing South, we found ourselves hungry and followed the directions of a sign that indicated a restaurant was ahead at the Elk Prarie Campground in Orick, CA.
Unfortunately the restaurant was closed for remodeling, but the area did offer opportunity for a little picture taking. This one-room schoolhouse, now a historical landmark, was built in 1893. It conjured up images of young children, restless at their desks while teacher laid out the lesson plan for the day.
We also discovered why this area was called Elk Prairie.
There were all these Elks, just hanging out! They barely gave us a second look.
I’d never been this close to these magnificent creatures before. Quite a thrill. Our next stop was at Richardson State Park, in the Redwood Forest.
There was a lovely groomed trail to walk among these mighty Redwoods.
A little technical stuff about the photo above. The lovely starburst effect is achieved by stopping the camera lens down. I was using a 24mm lens so I was at f/16. The number of blades in the iris of the lens determines the number of rays that come off the light source. Cool huh? Also, I was able to achieve great detail in both the shadows and the light areas by creating an HDR (high dynamic range) image from a bracketed set of shots I was able to take because my camera was stabilized on a monopod. I simply imported the 5 shots from Lightroom to Photomatix, an easy to use application that creates HDR images. Once done, it can be saved back into Lightroom. I’m hoping to do more of this type of imagery.
After this, we decided we wanted to get onto Hwy 1. Following the sign that stated it was a mere 24 miles West, it actually took us about 1 1/2 hrs to get there! The little road switched-back all downhill. We were exhausted when we finally hit Hwy 1.
We only made one stop along this stretch of highway because the decision to take this route added another 3 hours to our journey that day. 10 hours later, we finally arrived at Bodega Bay and checked into the lodge.
But that’s a story for another post 🙂
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.