After visiting Sutton Creek
and the Darlingtonia State Natural Site,
the third stop on our all-day family outing to the Oregon coast in July 2014 was the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
Two and a half years earlier, in January 2012, I had photographed this area for the first time, during a winter high-surf advisory — see The Quest For Thor's Well.
Now it was time to check it out again, in a different season, and with my family instead of on my own.
The photos in this album are unique in that it is one of the few collections that features people! If you have looked at very many of my pictures, you will realize that I hardly ever take photos of people. Sometimes I even Photoshop
out people who somehow end up in a shot! But this time there were too many tourists around to either avoid them in my photos or to easily remove them later. Once I looked at the pictures at home, I realized that in some cases it was good to have people in a shot because it gave the surrounding landscape a sense of scale. In addition, I got some nice pictures of my twelve year old daughter, Olivia.
I was happy to revisit some specific spots, like Devils Churn and Thor's Well, where I was able to get shots, under calmer conditions, that were either not physically possible, or just too dangerous to attempt, during stormy winter weather. Finally, I reached the goal of my previous quest! Still, it was VERY windy that day, and there was ocean spray flying around everywhere. I was very glad that my Olympus OM-D E-M5
camera and Panasonic lenses
are weather sealed!
Out of the 447 photos I took that afternoon, 39 have made it into this album, including an 18-photo series of images
showing how the water springs up in Thor's Well, and then sinks down again. Of course, it's much more impressive in person, but these pictures will give you a general idea until you can get there and see it for yourself!