This week’s images are some of my favorites, from a family vacation to Cannon Beach, Oregon and the Columbia River. The fishing boat at dawn image was taken from the rear of the charter boat our group was on. We were leaving for a sturgeon charter from Ilwaco, Washington, in June 2011. We went with Sea Breeze Charters, wonderful family owned charter company. The charter boats are loaded up early morning, an hour before the crack of day. As the sun rises, there’s a steady parade of charter fishing boats headed out to snag a fish or two.
Sadly, our boat only caught one sturgeon, for eight fishermen. Happily, it was someone in our group!
That one vacation gave me lots of photo ops. I think that one summer is when I really started to understand the techniques and I was able to get some of my favorite landscape images.
Go to the mouth of the Mighty Columbia River. It’s a magical place, and fun. Astoria, Oregon and historic Fort Stevens State Park (an Oregon State Park) is in the south, and Cape Disappointment State Park (a Washington State Park) behind the North Jetty. It is a fascinating historical area, where Lewis and Clark ended their journey west, where Native Americans have gathered for centuries, where hundreds of ships have sunk trying to cross the Columbia Bar to leave or enter the mouth of the river.
There are birds and other wildlife everywhere. brown pelicans, seagulls, osprey… everything.
The area is worth several trips… there is always something to explore and learn.
Thanks for reading! ~ Erin