My Personal Invitation To You
I personally invite you to begin your journey as a fine art collector. I will work with you every step of the way, from the selection of one of my Oregon Coast landscape photographs to the selection of the print style and will keep you up to date of the printing and delivery process. The end result will be a fine art photograph that will add beauty to your home or office and become a cherished possession.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the process of purchasing a print.
Fine Art Print and Wall Art Options
My photographs of the Oregon Coast are available for you to purchase as Fine Art Prints or Wall Art and place in your home or office. They are for sale as Frameless or Framed Lumachrome® HD Trulife® Acrylic Prints, Exhibit Mounted Metal Prints, and Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints. After selecting the desired photo, just select the type and size of print you would like to purchase in the area beneath the photo.
If you are looking for a different size than what is shown or have any other special needs, please contact me.
For more information and details regarding these museum quality landscape prints for sale, please click on this link to my Print Options page. I believe my photographic artwork can brighten up any room and I invite you to see some illustrations of this on my Room Preview page.
Visiting and Photographing the Oregon Coast
Oregon has, in my opinion, the most interesting and diverse coastline of any in the United States. The photographic possibilities are almost endless with the constant changes in weather.
After quite a few trips to the Oregon Coast, I think my favorite is the south end. It can be foggy almost anytime, but late Spring and early Summer seem to be when it's at its heaviest.
If you’re there at that time, it’s worth a side trip down to Northern California to photograph the Rhododendrons in the Redwood trees. I have found Del Norte State Park to be the most productive area for this. The Rhododendrons can bloom early or late, so check with the park service before you go.
Brookings, Oregon is a great place to base for visiting or photographing the south Oregon coast. It’s a short drive up to the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Area. What makes the sea stacks here so attractive is the trees growing out of the top of them.
My favorite spots here include Natural Bridges, Secret Beach and Arch Rock. The Winter brings a much different sun angle than the summer, usually less fog and good opportunities for big waves.
Moving north, there is the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint and Ariya’s Beach. These locations are different from others because of the grass covered sand dunes between the highway and the beach. Early morning is a great time to be here for the rising sun to light up the dunes as well as the sea stacks offshore.
Continuing up the coast, there are a number of rocky beaches to pass before coming to Cape Blanco State Park. There is a wonderful restored lighthouse there that you can go up in and learn about its history and the way the light works. I found it quite interesting.
Bandon beach is practically a required stop for any photographer. The beaches are flat and wide allowing for many possibilities of capturing the movement of water coming in or out with the sea stacks in the background.
The sea stack called Wizard’s Hat is probably the most photographed. There is also the Coquille River Lighthouse at Bullard’s Beach. For some reason, it seems to look good with dark stormy clouds behind it.
Shore Acres State Park is where you can see and photograph some of the largest exploding waves during the winter. There is usually a day or two in November, December and January when the King Tides are at their highest. The result is exploding waves that are simply hard to believe.
Just south of Florence, Oregon are some great sand dunes by the coast. They are best accessed at Siltcoos Beach and from Sand Dunes Road to the north. I keep promising myself to spend more time there, and then I start thinking about hiking in the soft sand and somehow that promise gets broken.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is probably the most picturesque scene of a lighthouse on the ocean. You can actually stay overnight at the lighthouse, which has a 5 room Bed and Breakfast. It looks pretty special, and I’m sure reservations are required well in advance on their website.
Up the road from the lighthouse is Thor’s Well at Cape Perpetua. I had more fun photographing there than just about anywhere. Catching the water descending into Thor’s Well was a blast. The trick is being there at mid-tide at sunset, so check your tide tables in advance.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is another impressive coastal lighthouse scene. April is a great month to be there for the flowers and the Harbor Seal Pups. If you like exploring tide pools, it is also a great location for that.
Further north is Cannon Beach, which is famous for Haystack Rock, a huge sea stack just offshore. The beach is wide and flat, with possibilities at low and high tide. Every time I visit, there seems to be a group somewhere on the beach with a bonfire going. The walk on the beach at sunset is beautiful.
Immediately to the north of Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park with elevated views of Cannon Beach. Late afternoon and sunset is the time to be there.
Lastly, at the beach of Fort Steven State Park, is the wreck of the Peter Iredale. There are the skeletal remains of the steel hulled sailing ship that ran aground in 1906. There’s not much left, but it’s a popular location to visit and photograph.
As you can see, there is good reason that I have a separate galleries for the Oregon Coast and Inland Oregon. There is just that much to see and photograph. I hope you get the chance to get out there.
Fun Facts About the Oregon Coast
There are 363 miles of coastline in Oregon. It is a dream for Landscape and Nature Photography. Oregon is known for its amazing sea stacks, and Washington has a little bit of everything.
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead an expedition to the Pacific Coast. They reached the Oregon Coast near what is now Astoria in the winter of 1805. After establishing relationships with local Native Americans, they began their trip back home over a year later. The information learned from the Lewis and Clark Expedition began the process of the settlement of the west coast of the United States.
The Oregon Coast Trail runs 350 miles and begins at Fort Stevens State Park in the north and runs all the way to the California border at Crissey Field State Recreation Site. The majority runs along the beaches, and it reaches an elevation of 1661 feet at Neahkahnie Mountain.
Opposite from the Atlantic Coast, high tide at sunset may be desired, but there are photographic possibilities on some of the wide beaches at low tide. The storms in the winter can result in incredible photographs of crashing waves in Oregon. The Pacific Northwest has it all.
Atlantic Coast Lakes and Rivers Olympic National Park