Last Saturday and yesterday, Suzi and I visited Cannon Beach — twice. It was glorious!
On Saturday, we went with Ashley, Kevin and family.
Yesterday, we arrived later afternoon, visited Insomnia, and walked to the rock. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the water so far out. And it was warm! Normally, the water is so cold that my ankles ache immediately upon stepping into the water. This time, wading was no problem.
After eating, we took our chairs out onto the beach and watched the sun set while people walked and cartwheeled by.
With my many trips to Cannon Beach already this year, I’ve started to notice changes in the sand level on the beach. Another trip, the rocks on the inland side of Haystack rock were completely covered by sand. Yesterday, the rocks were exposed and surrounded by water even though the tide wasn’t in. Even though I wasn’t able to talk anyone else into going with me1 it was a good day at the beach. Warm weather, sunshine, and cousins.2
I captured this proposal at Cannon Beach, Oregon, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, around 4:30 pm. I’d love to get the original file to the couple.
My family is scattered around the globe today so I decided to go to Cannon Beach, my happy place. I walked to Haystack Rock and The Needles and I took my typical shots from the water’s edge. It was windy and chilly. Not many of us were on the beach.
As I had a camera with a telephoto lens,1 I went the back of the beach by the bluffs to get some perspective compression in the image. I stood on a large log for some height and waited for people to leave. After all, how long could they stand in the cold? Not longer than I could, I hoped.
A couple of little dogs scampered by with their humans on their leashes. A man walked by with a car wheel over his shoulder. Through it all, a couple just stood there in the way. They hugged and talked and wandered a bit, but never out of the frame. I took some pictures. Maybe I wouldn’t ever get a clear shot so I might as well get one with only a couple of people in it. They might give balance to the composition. And they could provide scale to The Needles.
Finally, they walked up the beach and left. Success! I could take the picture I wanted.
I was cold so I wandered back to see if Insomnia was still open (nope!) and went into the Jeffrey Hull Gallery. I talked to the man behind the counter. We’ve talked many times before. I told him about my beach adventures and showed him a couple of my pictures and talked about the couple. I said I’d wanted to see a proposal. After all, “It could happen.” Then I left and drove home.
I downloaded the pictures on my computer and found this shot. Huh. Look at that!
So, I don’t know who the couple is. I don’t know if she said yes. But assuming she did and they’d like the picture, I’d love to get it to them. They can have the original, full-size shot. My gift.
Let’s make this happen. I’d appreciate anything you could do to help.
Update. Here’s how the AI magic of letsenhance.io imagines a tight crop.
Since our visit the previous weekend, massive breakers scrubbed the Oregon coast. Ecola Creek rerouted north again, much closer to bluffs. The loose sand that was on the beach washed away. The tsunami evacuation maps normally posted on the seawall are gone. Have they also washed away?
Ordinarily, we would walk from Second Street down to the Rock, take some pictures and walk back. But it was a cold, blustery, cloudy day. After a hot drink and walking down the steps to the beach, we decided to drive to Tolovana Beach Park and walk to the Rock from there instead. Our assumption was that this would be a shorter walk. Checking the map, I’m not convinced this is the case, which makes me feel a lot better — and confirms what the walk felt like.
Another great day on the Oregon coast! I can’t wait for the next one.
Once a new year arrives, we love to visit Cannon Beach. This year we didn’t make it until the thirteenth day of the year. We’ve made it earlier in years past.
What a beautiful day it was! Blue skies, light breezes, and temps over 60. We started with hot drinks then walked to the rock. The tide was way out, the farthest we’ve ever seen. We met a few doggies on our stroll, including an amiable black lab sporting a GoPro on his back. I’d love to see his videos.
The sun reflected off the windows on the bluffs, forming shafts of light through the faint mist.
Then we waited with the others for the sun to drop behind the Needles.
Every day at the beach is a great day — and this one was extra special!
We have a family tradition of visiting Cannon Beach the first weekend around New Year’s Day. With kids scattered around, we might break the tradition this year.
Instead, with most in town this weekend to get our Christmas tree, we made a quick visit to Cannon Beach today, walking to the rock and greeting all the doggies on the way. With light winds and temperatures in the 50’s, it was beautiful!