Picture of the Day - September 15, 2009
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Cannon Beach, on the northern Oregon coast, is one of the most
popular tourist destinations in the state, and for good reason.
Haystack Rock, the famous monolith that rises just across the beach
from the town, is among the tallest intertidal sea stacks in the
world, and that stretch of shore offers stunning views that attract
photographers from around the world.
But the pleasant weather that makes for pretty pictures is not
always the order of the day. The Pacific Northwest is notorious for
gray, dreary skies, and most photographers (myself included, to be
honest) tend to shun such inclement weather for outdoor work. But
there are times when clouds and mist can lend an air of mystery, and
an almost melancholy feeling of solitude, to what would otherwise be
just another picture of a day at the beach.
This was not the shot I wanted when I visited Cannon Beach this day,
but as I look at it now, with its forested headlands shrouded in
mist and the stark beauty of the rugged, rocky shoreline, it seems
in some ways even more beautiful than the typical postcard image
with blue skies, puffy clouds, and sunny surf. For this is not a
romanticized, tourist-promotion version of this view... it is Mother
Nature at her best, revealing in her moods a desolate beauty that
makes us mere mortals simply stand in awe. It is for evocative
images like this that I travel for hours to spend one short
afternoon taking pictures... and will continue to do so as long as I
can lift a camera.
This photograph was shot with a Canon EOS 5D and Tamron SP24-135
lens at 135mm, 1/30 sec @ f/11. I invite you to visit
www.northwestnaturalimagery.com where you will find many more of
Name: Rick Rouse
Town: Abingdon, VA
Rocky, your images always leave me wanting to see more. Great job as
Name: Juanita L. Ruffner
Town: Negley, OH
What a magnificent view and beautiful capture...I am so in
heaven...I'm a native Oregonian and know how it is there - It is how
you described!!! Glorious, Winston.
Name: Denise Boling
Town: Bristol, TN
Town: Spokane, WA
This one is a beauty Rocky!! The Oregon Coast is definitely one of
our favorite places to go and I have seen scenes like this many
times and never tire of seeing them. You have done an excellent job
of recording this scene!! The low clouds and the mist coming off of
the water are very typical. If I could find a job on the coast, we
would move there in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing this one with
us. I do have to agree with Rick in that I never tire of what you
and your cameras come up with!
Name: Paul Reynolds
Town: Tolleson, AZ
The sailors of old used to have nightmares about this type of
weather while at sea. Wonderful job at capturing the fury of nature
when it strikes an otherwise stunningly beautiful place.
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Another stunning image, Rocky. This one is a great example of how a
photograph can evoke emotions. Great job, as usual. Thanks!
Name: Doug Thomson
Town: Concord, NC
Mr. Rockwell, this looks like a scene from some of Peter Jackson's
movies. Could Kong be in that mist or could the Hobbits be on their
quest with the Ring? Fantastic photo!
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
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