Cannon Beach Sunset

Yesterday, mid-afternoon, we decided it was a good day for a Cannon Beach visit. Jamison grabbed his drone and camera, and Jamison, Suzi, and I headed for the beach. We stopped by Insomnia and drove nearer to the Rock.

Jamison set up his drone and took off. I held his phone while he took some pictures and video. I hadn’t seen Jamison use his drone before. Too cool!

Not long after we arrived, the sun set and we left.

Every day at the beach is a good day!

Photo credits: Drone shot and animated gif by Jamison. Shot of Jamison and me by Suzi. All used with permission. Thanks!

Haystack Rock

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


  1. What’s up with that, Bret?! ;-) 
  2. And a birthday, but that’s not my info to give, so s/he’ll remain anonymous. 

Quick evening trip to Cannon Beach

Late afternoon, Ashley knocked on my door. “Dad, are you almost done working? Would you want to go to Cannon Beach to see the sunset?”

In a few minutes, the three of us were out the door and on our way. We made it to the beach with enough time to hike to Haystack Rock before the sun dipped behind the waves.

What a great way to end the day!

Btw, a day that had started with another picture from my photo spot, across the street from the Hillsboro airport.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach never fails to delight, regardless of the weather.

A steady blast from the south has scrubbed the beach clear of its dunes, down to hard pack sand. Rain only adds to the Oregon fun.

The tides are higher than I’ve ever seen, nearly reaching the beach’s edge.

I hope your weekend is going as well as ours.

My favorite photos of 2015

Here, in no particular order, are my ten favorite photos I made in 2015.1

Interestingly, there is no overlap between my favorite photos and my pictures on Instagram that got the most love.2


  1. This is the third year I have done this; I also posted my favorite photos of 2013 and 2014
  2. One reason may be that I don’t always post the same pictures on Instagram that I do here. Another is that people give love to pictures for various reasons other than artistic merit. 

Evening in Cannon Beach

Suzi, Melissa, and I took a quick afternoon trip to Cannon Beach.1 We were there long enough to visit Insomnia, walk to Haystack Rock, and watch the sun set. And take some pictures.

Mmm… :-)


  1. For once, it seems like we were the only ones with this idea. The beach was nearly empty

My favorite photos of 2014

Arranged in no particular order,1 are my seventeen2 favorite photos I made in 2014.


  1. In fact, they are arranged in random order. Refresh the page to see another order. Have fun! Do it again and again. ;-) 
  2. Last year, I was able to limit myself to my 10 favorite photos. This year, I couldn’t make the cut.