Monday, January 28, 2013

A Day Date at the Coast (Part 2)

...and the date continues!  After lunch we headed out towards Fort Stevens, but not before stopping near the Astoria-Megler Bridge for a few photos.

The 4-mile long bridge, built in 1966, is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.  It spans the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon, near the mouth of the river.

For a January afternoon in Astoria, the weather was actually pretty decent.  It didn't rain at all accept for a little while shortly after we got to the beach.

Ready for another history lesson?  Fort Stevens.  An active military reservation from 1863-1947, it was the only military base on the continental U.S. to be fired upon during WWII.  It is now a state park, with ocean access, trails, camping, and military reenactments.

These last 5 pictures are kind of strange.  Here's why - they all appear to have been converted to B&W (and considering I love black and white, that would be a valid assumption).  However - none of these have had any processing done.  And it wasn't even intentional.  There were a lot of clouds in the sky, but the sun was amongst them and was actually really bright.  Apparently my camera was having a hard time processing the strange lighting and when I thought I had correctly adjusted everything, I was apparently way off.  But it is kind of cool how they turned out.

On the shores of Fort Stevens sits this carcass of the Peter Iredale.  The ship ran ashore here more than 100 years ago and has slowly been eaten away by the salt water ever since.  I hadn't been to this part of the park for about 12 years.  I was surprised how much of the shipwreck has gone away since then.

It really was a beautiful afternoon at the coast, when it wasn't raining.  More to come...tomorrow!

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  1. That bridge is incredible, but being the beach girl that I am I love those B&W's the best. As always....great work!

  2. I love that bridge... it actually makes me a bit wary feeling when I cross... love your images! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #67!

  3. What a beautiful place! I made my first trip to the Columbia River and the Oregon Coast (Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park) about 3 years ago. I can't wait to go back! Your images are a beautiful reminder and proof that I need to see more of the area.

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my Weekly Top Shot. :-)


  4. Sempre fui encantada por pontes, gosto de estrutura. Já aconteceu comigo...acho interessante quando as imagens parecem em p&b naturalmente, sem aplicação de efeito. Bela sequência, um abraço!

  5. love what you did with the bridge and the wreck. :) Nice work. :)

    Mine is here:

  6. I love seeing the black and white along side the color - I always find I see different things when I let go of the color - very nice! and I love the "strange" lighting that seemed to hold the beach in black/white yet give a hint of blue sky. Thanks so much for linking up!

  7. I love the diagonal horizon with the water--so different! The colors in the shots with the green bridge are beautiful!

  8. Wow. I love all your photos. The processing in black and white is great, and the colors shots pop off the screen!

  9. I like your perspective on the bridge as well as the processing you did with the photos. The final shot of the wreckage is haunting.

  10. I am the proud owner of a fancy new camera and still in the process of learning how to take beautiful photographs (outside the "auto" settings). These are gorgeous! I'm realizing that I have a thing for beautifully photographed bridges...and these are no exception. I just discovered your lovely blog...and look forward to reading more!

  11. I always try to respond to my lovely commenters - but it doesn't always happen. So I wanted to give a quick shout out and thank all of you. The lovely thoughts and encouragement are always welcomed!

  12. I can see you enjoy editing as do I -- like how you've shown the different looks to each image.

    Have a great weekend. :)

  13. What a great structure, I love how you have captured it with the sky and also the little peek of bushes. It seems to emphasis how it nestles into the natural landscape despite it's size and man made qualities



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