Pacific Coast

Moss House, Hales Grove, California

We came across this beautiful house in the tiny hidden hamlet of Hales Grove in the coastal mountains. This is on one of the twistiest bits of road I have ever driven between Legget and the coast. D810 55mm @ f/8 @ 1/250 sec @ ISO 1000

Moss House, Hales Grove, California

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Cannon Beach, Oregon

“Terrible Tillie” is a de-activated lighthouse now used as a columbarium that is known for the terrible weather and currents that make it too dangerous to approach. On a quiet evening it makes up for that reputation by becoming a photographic focal point as viewed from Ecola State Park. D810 at 13mm @ f/13 @ 1/640 @ ISO 2000

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Sol Duc Stream, Olympic National Park, Washington

Sol Duc Falls takes some driving and a longish hike to get to and the best vantage point for shooting the falls is a bouncy bridge but I found a shot of the stream just above the falls that shows the dampness and beauty for which Olympic National Park is known. D810 at 230mm @ f/32 @ 2.5 sec @ ISO 64

Sol Duc Stream, Olympic National Park, Washington

Pebbles and Kelp, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

This gathering of pebbles and kelp washed up by the sea caught my eye as I walked on the beach. The mottled appearance of the sand is different colors of sand and not just wet and dry sand. D810 at 44mm @ f/8 @ 1/60 sec @ISO 200

Pebbles and Kelp, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

OldPilings, Willapa, Washington

These old, rotting pilings from an industry long gone sit silently on motionless water under a beautiful sky studded with puffy clouds that are perfectly reflected. D810 at 24mm @ f/6.3 @ 1/160 @ ISO 64

OldPilings, Willapa, Washington

Receding Channel, Willapa, Washington

Driving down the Pacific Coast, I came across this channel weaving its way between forested islands and headlands to the sea. D810 at 70mm @ f/8 @ 1/200 sec @ ISO 64

Receding Channel, Willapa, Washington

Moon and Sea Stack, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The sunset is on one side and the moon and stars on the other behind this sea stack as night arrives. D810 at 29mm @ f/5 @ 15 sec @ ISO 64

Moon and Sea Stack, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Afternoon Fog, DeHaven, California

A distinct layer of fog can be seen from above as it rolls ashore, just starting to cover the rocks and sand at the beach. D810 at 50mm @ f/9 @ 1/320 sec @ ISO 64

Afternoon Fog, DeHaven, California

Colliding Waves, Yachats, Oregon

If you have ever wondered what happens when a wave rolling in meets a wave rolling out, here is your answer. This is at Devil’s Churn, just south of Yachats. D810 at 80mm @ f/14 @ 1/800 sec @ ISO 400

Colliding Waves, Yachats, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon

A very well-photographed lighthouse on the Oregon coast, Heceta Head Lighthouse is perfectly situated on a promontory by a small bay. D810 at 140mm @ f/7.1 @ 1/200 sec @ ISO 64

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon

Sea Stacks After Dark, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The moon and its reflection are both clear in this shot taken well after dark at Second Beach. The last bit of sunset is fading and the stars are already out. It was a long walk down to the beach and a longer walk back up in the dark. D810 at 27mm @ f/2.8 @ 5 sec @ ISO 64

Sea Stacks After Dark, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Redwood Upshot, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, California

It is possible to spend many hours driving along beautiful winding roadways weaving through stands of giant redwoods, and it is a very relaxing way to pass time. And if you want to feel really, really small, just look up. D810 at 12mm @ f/8 @ 1/250 sec @ ISO 3200

Redwood Upshot, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, California

Vancouver Island From Olympic National Park, Washington

Shot before sunrise, the layers of ridges going down from Hurricane Ridge to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on to Vancouver Island, Canada, are seen in different shades of morning mist. D810 at 160mm @ f/11 @ 1/6 sec @ ISO 100

Vancouver Island From Olympic National Park, Washington

OldBoats, Reedsport, Oregon

Two old and well-used boats are tied to a dock that no longer reaches the shore amongst rotting and broken pilings in a bit of a backwater. D810 at 350mm @ f/5.6 @ 1/2500 sec @ ISO 1000

OldBoats, Reedsport, Oregon

Straight Shadow, Yachats, Oregon

The gnarled roots of a tree washed ashore south of Yachats, Oregon, cast a perfectly straight shadow as photographed from above. D810 at 100mm @ f/7.1 @ 1/200 sec @ ISO 64

Straight Shadow, Yachats, Oregon

Surfers and Flying Wave, Fort Bragg, California

This beautiful view of the northern coast of California shows the many rocks and small headlands that jut out into the ocean. With rollers coming in off the ocean, that leads to waves that burst into the air and perfect conditions for surfers. D810 at 165mm @ f/5 @ 1/640 sec @ ISO 64

Surfers and Flying Wave, Fort Bragg, California

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Agate Beach, Oregon

A quintessential lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse sits on a small promontory over pounding surf on rocks. Viewed from a distance with birds feeding at the water’s edge it is a peaceful scene. D810 at 400mm @ f/8 @ 1/250 sec @ ISO 64

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Agate Beach, Oregon

Box Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Starting as a crack in the rock millennia ago, water, freezing, and time eventually created this box canyon just over 100 feet below the bridge on which I stood. D810 at 27mm @ f/16 @ 1 sec @ ISO 64

Box Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Hanging Moss, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

A small bit of moss is hanging suspended from a branch deep in the forest and suddenly a beam of sunlight illuminates it for just a minute before sweeping on. Because the moss is lit so brightly, exposing it correctly makes the background darken to black. D810 at 400mm @ f/5.6 @ 1/125 sec @ ISO 64

Hanging Moss, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

Hurricane Ridge Sunset, Olympic National Park, Washington

After the sun set there was a light pillar easily seen reaching up from the sun beyond the horizon against the still illuminated clouds. D810 at 80mm @ f/11 @ 1/500 sec @ ISO 2000

Hurricane Ridge Sunset, Olympic National Park, Washington

Lake Crescent Dock at Sunrise, Washington

Waiting for sunrise in the still of the pre-dawn morning, I took a shot of the dock at a camping area on the western end of the lake. D810 at 24mm @ f/20 @ ¼ sec @ ISO 2000

Lake Crescent Dock at Sunrise, Washington

Forbidding Sea Stacks, Olympic National Park, Washington

On a cool and stormy-looking morning these sea stacks look intimidating, a feeling added to by the old tree roots on the left. The sea only looks calm because of the long exposure- it wasn’t. D810 at 48 mm @ f/16 @ 6 sec @ ISO 64

Forbidding Sea Stacks, Olympic National Park, Washington

Evening Sea Stack and Keyhole, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Both the keyhole through the ridge on the right and the sea stack are reflected on the wet sand along with the colors of the after-sunset sky. D810 at 45mm @ f/2.8 @ 1/3 sec @ ISO 64

Evening Sea Stack and Keyhole, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Pebble on Sand, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The simplicity of a pebble on beach sand is made more complex by the wash made by the waves and the wood-like grain in the sand, also created by the waves. D810 at 48mm @ f/11 @ 1/50 sec @ ISO 64

Pebble on Sand, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Pacific Coast was last modified: April 13th, 2017 by Dafydd Jones