The images I selected for the Southern Oregon Coast gallery only hint at the stunning natural scenery that one might discover along the roughly 100-mile stretch of Hwy. 101 between Brookings and Coos Bay, Oregon. Most of these scenes are visible and easily accessible from the road. They are locations I frequently photographed, as Don and I lived in that area (Gold Beach) for over 15 years. This stretch of the Oregon coast is, in my opinion, Oregon’s most dramatic – mainly because it is actually viewable from countless overlooks along the road. It is an intoxicating landscape of sea stack formations, jagged headlands, pounding surf, tributaries from six wild rivers, and long stretches of unpopulated beaches. This section of the coast also has lush old growth forests of Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Shore Pine. Many of these forests have short hikes to views or steep hikes down to small, intimate beaches. Winter storms and fantastic cloud formations often end in memorable sunsets. And a warm summer day can be suddenly draped in fog, always a surprise to barefoot beach walkers.
The Southern Oregon Coast is a dynamic landscape. Every change of light and condition changes the photographic mood and outcome, a challenge I enjoy.
I am lucky to have called it home.