Tensil of Moss Several of the trees in this area along the South Fork of the Coquille River are blanketed with this beautiful lime green moss. This journey will be documented in an upcoming blog entry.
World's Tallest Sugar Pine Located within the headwaters of the South Umpqua River, this magestic tree stands tall at 265 feet with a diameter of 7.5 feet. This trip will be blogged at a later time.
One Woman's Junk is just that...Junk
My mother and I took an ocean cliffside trail near the Shore Acres Gardens. Having my mother stand near the living giant tree illustrates the grand depth of the trees magestic beauty. This tree is standing guard on the southern boundary of Sunset Bay State Park. A "twin tree" of similar size stands guard on the northern boundery of Sunset Bay.
The majority of my 2008 summer adventures were with Brian - from Montana, and Gus - from Washington. They were both in Coos Bay for a three month intern study with the Foresty Department. Great memories were created thanks to these two guys. Watch for these adventures in upcoming blog entries.
This once buried ship eroded out of the sand dunes during winter's high surf. Eventually the wooden mystery ship was identified as the George L. Olsen. The drama behind this story will be revealed in a blog entry this coming February.
I was amazed with how much water roared down this waterfall in the winter compared to the summer flow...like night and day. To capture this dramatic photo, I had to stand on the cliff's edge, 200 feet up, and extend my camera horizontally out an additional ten feet on a tripod. I blindly held the camera facing the falls and set a 10 second delay. It took seven tries to get the entire falls in the shot. CRAZY!
Having Brian in this photo, illustrates the immense size of the cave. See what is inside the cave in a future blog entry.
Keeper of the Yard
This unique lady owns the "junk" yard in Bandon. The photo doesn't do her proper justice...you have to meet her to discover that...and buy something from her to understand. Watch for her story in a future blog entry.
I chose this photo of my Neice, Nicole, because our goal during the photo-shoot was to capture her NOT smiling. This was a huge challenge to achieve...for those of you who know Nicole will know that she is always smiling. Though it took a bit of training...we did get the job done and the collection of photo's taken turned out excellent...thanks Nicole.
On the Seventh Day...God Rested
(PEOPLE'S FIRST PLACE CHOICE)
While my mother and I were out exploring the Millicoma River, we stumbled across this peaceful waterfall on Schoolhouse Creek. I have seen no other place that tops such a serene natural work of art.
Smith River Reflection
When my mother and I explored the Smith River watershed we quickly learned that if the river didn't have bridge crossings, we wouldn't have had luck in photographing...let alone seeing the river. Follow the Smith River in a previous blog entry titled, Smith River Trek.
Leviathan I love the way this photo signifies the true size of this beautiful giant Redwood. Having Brian standing on the tree and looking up completes the story of man and leviathan. Phantom in the Caldera The reason I chose this photo is not for its inspirational touch of beauty or for the intense blue waters. I chose this photo because of the remote location. Phantom Ship resides within the caldera of Crater Lake...accessible only by boat. The boat ride was my first time to experienced such a journey...but to get tickets for this trip I had to try seven times over a period of five years. Poor timing I guess...but the wait was worth it. See the "Journey Within the Mountian" story in a future blog entry. Emerald Elk (PEOPLE'S THIRD PLACE CHOICE) A grand-ole Big Leaf Maple standing on the edge of a deep emerald pool of the Elk River speaks for itself. The day's temperature was 80 degrees, and the cold water was very inviting. Edge of Discovery Crater Lake is like no other place on earth. I never tire of being there. While visiting the caldera with Gus, I saw this image of him before me and knew the shot would be one of those "awe" moments. infamous environmentalist John Muir would love this shot. I can't wait to finish the story writing of this journey into Crater Lake and share it with you in an upcoming blog entry. "Like A Bridge Over 'Peaceful' Waters"
(PEOPLE'S SECOND PLACE CHOICE) My mother and I ventured out to this quaint little red covered bridge. I climbed a nearby hill to get this shot. I wanted the "fairy-tale" setting to come through. You could just imagine seeing the Cinderella pumpkin coach crossing here. You can read more about this bridge in a previous blog entry titled, Yachats River Trek.Realm of His Environment
I took this photo high atop Tipsoo Peak looking south at the impressive Mt. Theilsen. Brian, Lakota and I hiked approximately 16 miles that day...a hike which included climbing to the top of the 9,184 foot Theilsen Volcano. Watch for this incredible hike in a future blog entry. Stand in Awe