closer to home

The clouds were putting on a show toward the end of the day and the end of this trip.IMG_1948_2Somewhere between Newport and Florence…..IMG_1968_2No clouds to speak of looking North…IMG_1981_2Not sure what those clouds like puffy bits of cotton are called…IMG_1983_2A bit hazy looking South…IMG_2009_2The recently repainted Heceta Lighthouse…

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
― Benjamin Franklin

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40 thoughts on “closer to home

    • The haze bugs me and is often present looking southward… I’m wondering if a polarizing filter might have helped, but I broke mine when I tripped and sent the camera flying. Better to replace the filter than the lens or camera body though. Yes, I believe you’d really enjoy our Pacific coast. It certainly has a lot to offer.

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    • Thank you, Nancy. To be more precise, I actually like green as Mother Nature does it, but not so much in clothes or towels and such. Definitely not avocado appliances!

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  1. I guess I am just going to have to fight Scott for the chance to be your house-guest for life. I will do all the housework, and did I mention I love to cook? 🙂 Stunning coastline photos Gunta and we are definitely coming back to tour Heceta as she was shrouded when we visited last summer.

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  2. So beautiful, Gunta…would you like a house-guest for the rest of my natural life…just so I can go beach-touring with you? I’ll do the dishes and empty the trash…cut the grass, clean-out the gutters, pick-up the dog kernels……drive to Bandon twice a week to get your favorite bread for you……… 😉 I do love your corner of the world, my friend…

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    • That lighthouse is pretty much an iconic spot on the Oregon coast. It seems to have everything going for it. The beauty and symmetry of the lighthouse itself, not to mention the gorgeous location and the various spots where you can catch a glimpse of it from afar. Perfection.

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  3. You are a creature of the clouds and sea. Thanks for such a treat. We’re so lucky to live
    in range of this magnificent thundering stuff, I’ve never liked being land-locked. That house
    by the lighthouse, oh wow, not only red and white and not only sitting where it is and not only
    with two tall chimney stacks but an abode! a dwelling! a fortress! Who lives there? Is it
    the keepers? Is it for rent? Few years back I was desperately looking for a lighthouse for
    rent. They’re out there, and there’s a big turnover, not an easy life apparetnly but must be
    thrilling..
    Nice find, along with all the rest of the beauty.

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    • I did not realize how much the sea was in my blood until the fourteen years I spent in Utah. The mountain scenes and the Red Rock country has its own kind of beauty and I enjoyed it while I was there, but I feel much more at home near the ‘thundering stuff’.

      The house by the lighthouse was the Light Keeper’s abode. These days it’s a Bed and Breakfast. I’ve always dreamed of living in a lighthouse, too, but I may just opt for a few days instead. http://hecetalighthouse.com/

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    • Thanks Eric. Apparently Cape Perpetua extends further south than I realized. Though looking at the map, it’s a lot closer to Heceta than I had imagined. It’s a lovely area that has an entirely different flavor than my usual haunts. More rugged, I believe. It offers far more tide pools than I’ve managed to find here.

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  4. That lighthouse could be in Scandinavia. Although an idyllic looking cove, it’s obviously there for a reason! Very jealous of this trip of yours, gloriously reflected by your photography 😉

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    • From where I live there’s a stretch of highway were you don’t get to see the coast for about an hour. Partly because the highway heads inland a bit or the view is obstructed by huge dunes that are the playground to many ATVs. The Lighthouse is pretty much where the coast reappears, so aside from its own innate beauty, it’s always a welcome sight on the way north.

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  5. Beautiful pictures Gunta. I love the way the cloud appears to be streaking towards the camera in your first shot. That’s a super looking lighthouse and what an idyllic spot for it! Gorgeous! 🙂

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    • Thanks Chilli. I love crazy clouds like that. They sure add to the visual impact. The lighthouse is pretty much an iconic shot for the Central Oregon Coast, but certainly with good reason.

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  6. You have an appreciation and feel for nature that can be seen in your pictures – this is extra to the wonderful tones,depth of field and lines. I also really like how your ‘subject’ is the ‘same’, but each picture so different. I feel very much like that about the forest next to where I live. Somehow it means more than running around the world take pictures full of exotic new things, which has become a somewhat common theme.

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    • Thanks, Pirate. I am very much drawn to the ocean here. I can’t help but wonder if our love of a place isn’t what adds something special to an image. I’ve never had a great urge to do much exotic traveling, though I’ve traveled throughout the states a great deal. I feel like I still haven’t seen the half of it, but I’m not a bit fond of big cities. The best part is that I managed to settle in a corner that turns out to be my favorite of all.

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    • If you don’t mind the wind, this time of year there are very few people. It makes for very pleasant sitting and doing nothing…. the sound of the waves is quite hypnotic.

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