After hiking at Drift Creek Falls
during the morning of July 3rd, my wife, daughter and I headed northwest for a short drive to Cascade Head
— about 4 or 5 miles north of Lincoln City,
Oregon and just north of the Salmon River.
This four-and-a-half-mile-round-trip hike
has a gain in elevation of 1,200 feet. In other words, if you go all the way to the upper viewpoint, it's pretty darn steep! This should be apparent from the photo to the right. After parking at sea level, we got a taste of what was to come when we encountered 105 wooden steps ascending the first hillside — the trail-makers wouldn't have used steps if it wasn't too steep for a normal trail!
A couple of hours later, by the time we reached the top of the final 1,200-foot hill, my heart was pounding, my head was very hot, and I felt like I was going to collapse! Nevertheless, I suppose I have to admit that the view was worth it. Even though it was not a hot day, it would have been much better to be on the trail in the cool of the morning rather than in the afternoon.
Photographically, it wasn't such a good outing. It was overcast and somewhat hazy, resulting in muted colors, yet there was still a lot of contrast between the whitecaps and the forest trees. Not wanting clipped highlights,
I compensated too much by underexposing most of the photos, which muted the colors even more. The images I brought home were a yucky, muddy mess.
It took a lot of work in Adobe Lightroom
to wring some decent exposure and colors out of them. But as I discovered quite a while back, converting pictures to black and white can really save the day! In this modestly-sized album of 21 photos, there are six monochrome images — four which are black and white only, and two of which I have made both color and monochrome versions. This album also features two panoramas, plus a number of macro shots of flowers. So even though the photographic conditions were challenging, things turned out halfway decent in the end.