In an earlier post, titled “Newport, Oregon”, I showed some pictures from Newport, a commercial fishing village along the coast. (Well, duh! Inland fishing villages are hard to find). We stayed in Newport over night. The next morning we began our long-awaited drive up the famous Pacific coast highway 101. Highway 101 is highly regarded as one of the most scenic highways in the country, if not the world, and I have been wanting to see it for a long time, especially in Oregon. I was going to take Highway 101 north from Newport all the way to Astoria, over 120 miles, and take as much time as I needed to fully absorb the seascapes of the majestic Oregon coast.
Weatherwise, it turned out to be the worst day of our seven days in Oregon. Nothing but wind and rain, all the way up the coast. Now I understand why the university mascot is a duck! We stopped at every single “scenic” outlook and saw the same wind and sideways sheets of rain. I took pictues at every stop, but they all looked the same — flat images with little or no contrast, taken in color but looked monochrome, and plenty of rain drops on my lens.
This particular shot was not at a scenic outlook, but just some ordinary scene along the side of the road, where the highway is very close to the shore and not much more than 5′ above see level. Notice how there is hardly any distinct horizon line, and without the dark hull of the boat there would be virtually no contrast in the picture. Likewise, without the grass on the shore in the foreground, there would be no color. I thought it captured the mood of our entire day in one shot.
Thought for the day: All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.