Gold Beach or Bust!

By: BriarCraft , 8:12 PM GMT on August 29, 2013

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Three weeks from today, on September 19, I will abandon DH and the cats to fend for themselves while I go to meet up with some WU Photographers. If you want to know more about the West Coast gathering, see RenoSoHill's blog West Coast WU Photographers Gathering 2013.

Background:

For 12 years, until September 2011, I had a Fuji FinePix camera that captured 1 MegaPixel images at up to 3x optical zoom. It was my first digital camera and I thought it was pretty good until I started spending time in the WU Photo Galleries. Being frugal, however, I couldn't justify purchasing a new camera as long as the old one worked. Then one day, the little motor that pushed the lens in and out just up and died. I was heart-broken. Not!



Earlier that year, GardenGrrl had purchased a Fuji Finepix HS20-EXR camera that captured 16MP images with 30x zoom. It was a "bridge" camera with point-and-shoot capabilities, as well as a lot more. It seemed like a good fit, so I bought one. Even clueless, I've been able to make some pretty fine shots and I remain happy with my purchase.

Continuing to spend time in the WU Galleries, as well as WU Blogs, I have become more and more aware of the heights to which photography has soared. Yes, there are DSLR cameras and 70x optical zoom lenses, but I don't envy those. I still haven't figured out all the features of the camera I've got. And then there is a whole galaxy of photo editing software tools I won't even go into.

Segue to Road Trips:



Ever since I got my first car, a 1959 Chev Bel Air, I have loved to go on road trips. I used to fill up the gas tank, pick a road I'd never been on before, and just go. I discovered a lot of great places, mostly on the West Coast. At various times, I've driven as far as San Diego California, Fairbanks Alaska, Chicago Illinois, Little Rock Arkansas, El Paso Texas, and a whole lot of places in between.

I've seen Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, Anasazi Indian ruins and the Space Needle. So many spectacular sights that are vivid in memory, but not so much on old 3" x 5" snapshots. Of all the places I've seen, my very favorite is the central and southern Oregon Coast. How can that possibly compare to the Grand Canyon? Well, to be totally honest, it can and it can not. There are many places more exciting, more awe-inspiring, more grand.

Rocky and rugged. Secluded, uncrowded beaches. Windblown trees. Lighthouses. Promontories. Windswept dunes. Sheltered bays. Bridges. Wild rivers. Driftwood. Tidepools. Along the Oregon Coast, every bend in the road reveals something special.

Photo by Feather3, Sept. 16, 2012


Put It All Together:

Enter the 2nd Annual West Coast WU Photographers Gathering. I can go enjoy my favorite place on Earth, that I haven't seen for 15 years or so. I can meet real WU photographers, who are friendly, nature-loving, photo enthusiasts. I'm fully recovered from last year's hip replacement. I have DH's blessing. What more could I want?

Funny you should ask.

It has been 15 years. And my memory isn't perfect, and I never knew it all in the first place, so I wanted to brush up on the Oregon Coast. I found "Photographing Oregon" which contains a good section about the coast, as well as inspiration for future road trips. Looking through it yesterday, I already rediscovered Heceta Head, Shore Acres State Park, and Cape Perpetua.

And I'm never sure how it is I manage to capture a good shot or a not-so-good shot on my camera. And what's an f-stop anyway? To explain those things and more, I found a textbook, "Complete Digital Photography, 7th Edition". Even if I could read all 600 pages in the time before I head to Gold Beach, I couldn't absorb that much that fast, but I will learn something.



And by the way, every time the amount of light in a scene doubles, it is said to have brightened by one f-stop.


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52. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:09 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
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51. GardenGrrl
1:59 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Good Morning, it is an unimaginable 79f right now (8:57am). Going to walk the Roxie after finishing breakfast.
I know you are really excited to get going on the photo safari.
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50. sandiquiz
8:59 AM GMT on September 11, 2013
As we would say here.... 'Me too, also' !
Mind you, I will not be out there weeding today..it is raining again!
Might be time to fish out the 'weed all' spray:-( '
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49. BriarCraft
5:08 AM GMT on September 11, 2013
Sandi: Happy weeding! I'll be thinking about you whilst I start pulling weeds again.

YCD: That was a cool video! Whodathunk that a fish would take up residence inside a barrel sponge? Some very interesting images there, and I never saw anything like that on our TV news.
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48. ycd0108
1:54 PM GMT on September 10, 2013
BriarCraft:
I thought of you WU Photographers when I watched this video on CBC this morning:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2405387482/
Just a submarine ride from Gold Beach, I think.
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47. sandiquiz
8:17 AM GMT on September 10, 2013
The jungle is beginning here, too!
The rain we have had over last weekend, onto the warm soil, has made every little seed sprout, growing rapidly - much faster than I can keep on top of them!
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46. BriarCraft
11:16 PM GMT on September 09, 2013
Sandi: All those weed seeds everywhere are going to sprout!!! Ack! It has started already!!! The garden is quite wet and it's been warm (not hot) and that equals perfect conditions for germination. There are a gazillion bitty weeds starting in the garden, between the paving bricks in the courtyard, in the gravel of the driveway. Got the makings of a veritable jungle here!

Karen: That picture is just how I remember most beaches in SoCal. As you have noted, there are some lovely and interesting exceptions with rocks and tide pools.

Pros: A canvas of mud? I didn't know you were painting a picture of my garden! The description of your painting process tells me: either you are perfecting a new technique or are content with nothing less than perfection. Or both. What matters is that you enjoy the process and that you allow some of your work to hang on a wall for someone to enjoy, rather than lie crumpled in the trash.

Quoting 43. palmettobug53:
Good Lord, woman! What in the world were you doing out on the back deck during a severe T-storm?!
If that bolt had hit the deck, instead of behind the woodshed, you'd have been fried.


Well, I did say I'd never experienced anything like that thunderstorm before. I figured I was safe as the deck is under a roof and there's a lightning rod sunk 10 feet into the ground. So, what was I doing out there? Looking to see if there were any photo ops! Now, had you asked what was I thinking, I'd have to say, "Not much", but you were too polite to ask that question, sweet woman.

44. WatchinTheSky:
I'm sure there is a sturdy lightning rod near by! Hope the bubbler/bath is OK. 3.1" rain, one could only dream :) Heck, by now I would get excited over .1"!!

Don't tell Bug, but when the power went out, I dashed out to the woodshed, to unplug the bubbler, in case of a power surge when the electricity was restored. Now that was dumb.

GG: Frankly, I'm amazed at how fast that (formerly) brown grass is greening up and growing. It's uneven and needs mowing already, with some parts barely growing and patches that are already 6 inches too tall.
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45. GardenGrrl
8:39 PM GMT on September 09, 2013
Whoa, that doesn't sound like a typical thunderstorm here either. With that much booming and lightening it is scary no matter where you are. (poor cats)
Used to have to give my boxer tranquilizers when storms started here. Up north the thunder didn't rock everything.
Good thing the mower is fixed. It is going to get green around your house quick.
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44. WatchinTheSky
6:29 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
I'm sure there is a sturdy lightning rod near by! Hope the bubbler/bath is OK. 3.1" rain, one could only dream :) Heck, by now I would get excited over .1"!!
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43. palmettobug53
6:04 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Good Lord, woman! What in the world were you doing out on the back deck during a severe T-storm?!

If that bolt had hit the deck, instead of behind the woodshed, you'd have been fried.
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42. Proserpina
12:56 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Good morning BC. My art project has become a canvas of mud! The painting is one huge mess and disappointment. Still playing with it, trying to fix it. But I am pretty sure that it will end in the trash. No big deal, most of my painting projects end in the trash anyways.
I just came by to say hello and to let you know that I am still around and lurking on a blog now and then. Happy Sunday to you.
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41. SBKaren
2:09 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
And it's probably true of just about anyone who lives on/near just about any beach. You do pay the price for living where everyone else wants to visit.

Oh absolutely! But I must say, I don't use our beach the way visitors do, to some extent. Gone are the days for me for plopping down a towel and chair and just sitting on the beach for sun. If I go to the beach, I go in the water boogie boarding, then might lay down for a bit. Now, if I took my grandsons, I might stay down a bit longer, but still, playing in the water would be a given.

But I do enjoy a nice walk along the beach, and that's hard to do with folks running in and out of the water. We have a very family friendly beach in the sense that it's a gradual slope out to the water. Very easy to play right at the shoreline and our waves as generally never very big - so easy for small children.



When the tide is low it can be pretty flat and makes for great walking!

We do walk our town just about every day - either with a doggy walk or just a general walk, or sometimes bike ride. It's just easier with less crowds.

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40. sandiquiz
11:38 AM GMT on September 07, 2013
All those weed seeds everywhere are going to sprout!!! Ack!

Won't they just!!! We had rain all day Friday, nothing too heavy, but sprinkling from morn to dusk. This morning, I swear, the grass has grown an inch or so over night!!!

Oh, I wasn't aware the red bar had been banished.....I had never seen it in the first place, so wasn't aware it had gone!!!

BTW - thank you for comments about teachers...I do like to think I was professional in my role, but never too upright to unbend when the kids wanted to talk to me about something that was troubling them. I often spent my free time, lunch and breaks, chatting over this problem or that. I do remember several lunchtimes being taught the art of 'rapping'.
But I never quite got the rhythm right, much to the delight of the kids who were my tutors!
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39. BriarCraft
2:52 AM GMT on September 07, 2013
Ylee: You're right about that, but thankfully tornados are a very rare occurence here. Hurricanes, too. And the computer weathered this storm just fine, though I was super-glad I had just backed up my data September 1, so I wouldn't have lost much.

Sandi: No, it wasn't that awful red bar across the top. WU ran a survey about it, and a day or two later, it was gone. No, the weather alerts I'm talking about don't follow me all around WUville; they only appear on the front page, right above Weather At A Glance and below the tabs for Photos, Community, etc.

Karen: Laguna Beach is quite interesting and scenic, but you've got to get up really, really early to be able to enjoy it. I did get a kick out of your statement, "Can't say I blame anyone for wanting to get out of that heat , but it's why we look forward to the days after Labor Day, when the crowds really subside," because it's very similar to something OSDianna said about a month ago in her blog. And it's probably true of just about anyone who lives on/near just about any beach. You do pay the price for living where everyone else wants to visit.

WTS: Hmmmm. Damp road this morning? And a rainbow? Must have sprinkled nearby, when you weren't looking. August usually is good for a bit of rain just about everywhere in the Southwest, but weather patterns are changing.

So, about last night's storm:
My low-tech rain gauge caught 3.1 inches of rain in 14 hours. Just 20 miles east of here, they picked up almost 5 inches. Average rainfall for the month of September is 2.6 inches.
And it wasn't windy at all! Seems like it should have been.
According to the TV news, there were 500 lightning strikes per hour in the region.

Tomorrow, the weather returns to sunny and in the 80s for the coming week. You know what that means? All those weed seeds everywhere are going to sprout!!! Ack!
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38. WatchinTheSky
6:06 PM GMT on September 06, 2013
I saw a rainbow and drove across a damp road a mile from home this AM on the way to work. 'Course, dry at home and work. Monsoon is still a bust here - nothing but stinkin hot, as I recall someone saying! The clouds over the desert seem further and further away each day.

That trip is getting mighty close!!
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37. SBKaren
1:43 PM GMT on September 06, 2013
Hi Briar,

We have beaches with tide pools and cliffs too. They are mostly south of me near Laguna Beach, and then farther south as you explained. They are a bit harder to find, unless you are a local and know how to get there. Some are off PCH tucked back among houses, so not as accessible. But you are sure right about our beaches....they get pretty crowded! As you know,we have so many different climates here, within an hours drive of each other. It can be 107 in the inland valleys or the desert, and be 30 degrees cooler at the beach, an hours drive away.

Can't say I blame anyone for wanting to get out of that heat , but it's why we look forward to the days after Labor Day, when the crowds really subside.

We're due to be hot again today, and maybe cool down a bit over the weekend. A 'bit' means 3-4 degrees. My brother's family is coming up tomorrow so they can do a beach trip one more time. They live in Palm Desert, so they are still seeing triple digit temps. I hate to tell them how hot we've been, because they laugh and tell me I don't know hot!!!

While it definitely is cooler at the beach, when it gets to upper 80s here, it feels more so. AND, we have no AC, so our house is often hotter than it is outside, unless we get a breeze. I just hope they are prepared for that. We'll probably go out to dinner
on Saturday, so we can get in some AC!!!
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36. sandiquiz
8:58 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
I call that a "timely" warning!
I had read about the red warning bar on WU, but at the moment it is only for those in the US... I wonder if it will ever be rolled out for the rest of the world?
Actually, to be fair, the BBC does a wonderful job here, and I am always aware of what is about to happen with both TV, radio and now my BBC weather app! lol

Hope the TV comes back today. It could be a relay station that was hit!
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35. Ylee
8:20 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
Well, at least it wasn't a tornado! :' ) Glad the computer wasn't injured!
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34. BriarCraft
7:38 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
Photo by QuickEye:
Gold Beach Traffic Jam

roosevelt elk on US-101

Hey GG, Ylee, Sandi: Nice to know I'm not the only one with sensitive ears. And you must be right, GG, because I don't remember loud noises bothering me nearly so much 40 years ago.

And speaking of noise, at about 6:00pm this evening, I came to WU to catch up on some blog visits, but there was a new (to me) weather alert at the top of the screen: "Severe Thunderstorm Warning" with cautions about frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. I hadn't quite finished reading the warning when the storm arrived with a vengeance and knocked the power out about 30 seconds later.

As a West Coast native, I have never experienced a thunderstorm like this one. I know by the standards of 2/3 the population of the U.S., this was probably nothing, but remember, I'm a Washington Weather Wimp and I was impressed. So were the cats, who thought this was worse than Fourth of July fireworks. Thunder banged like the cannon in the 1812 Overture.

I happened to be out on the deck watching the storm when I saw one lightning bolt hit somewhere on the other side of the woodshed. I'll investigate tomorrow when the rain has passed. I counted 8 strikes in one 5-minute period. The power was out for a little over 2 hours. We got 2 inches of rain up until midnight, an inch and a half of which fell in that first hour. When the power did come back on, I was unable to watch TV at all, as the satellite signal was nonexistent. At least I finally feel safe in turning on the computer for a few minutes before going to bed.
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33. sandiquiz
5:44 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
I have problems putting things in my ears...dislike the feel of it!
Never used the ear pieces that come with "mobile" music apparatus, either.
I can cope with proper headsets, that go over the ear...but inside the ear... No way!
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32. Ylee
5:39 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
If I work nights, sometimes I'll use earplugs to help keep noises out when I try to sleep during the day!
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31. GardenGrrl
1:12 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
I quite often put plugs in my ears when I go to the movies. As we get older are ear drums get hard so louder noises hurt.
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30. BriarCraft
10:17 PM GMT on September 04, 2013
Poppy: You are so right about CA Hwy-1, aka Pacific Coast Highway. I have traveled the length of it from San Diego to Oregon, although it merges with I-5 and US-101 at various places. Much of Hwy 1 is twisty-curvy 30 mph curves and 15 mph switchbacks. After my first Hwy 1 driving ordeal, I have since done it in pieces. San Simeon and Monterey are two of my favorite places along the Cali Coast. On the northern end of Hwy 1/US 101, I love the Fort Bragg area.

I don't know if I'll ever make it to any Alaskan beaches, but I have you to thank for showing some of them to us.

Pros: "Yesterday I spoke with one of my WU friends who will meet up with you guys for the the photoshoot reunion. I've asked her to give you a hug for me." You've got me curious now!

And I do hope your experiment turns out the way you want and that you will post a picture of your painting.

Bug: Thanks!

Ylee: Not long after I posted that comment, I decided to send an email to that Portland game store, with my compliments about their new location and an "enhancement suggestion" and got a very nice response back. Just the same, if I go back there, I'll be sure to take some of those disposable foam rubber ear plugs -- the kind I use while mowing and weedwhacking.

Sandi: I remember very well the difference between the "indulgent" teachers who let their classes run amok and the "professional" teachers who taught their students how to behave as well as the coursework. I always learned so much more from the professionals and looked forward to those classes. There was no lack of student participation, in fact, discussions in those "quiet" classrooms were more lively and interesting than in the "noisy" ones.

It took about 12 hours for the headache to go and another 12 for my tinnitis to return to it's "normal" volume.
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29. sandiquiz
11:11 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Oh, how I sympathise over loud noises in enclosed spaces! I always had School Inspectors complimenting me on the quiet classes I had. I disliked too much noise, so the children were taught, from an early stage, that they left their loud voices in the corridor and entered my classroom quietly and remained quietly spoken until they left! I told them anyone who made too much noise had to scrub all the burnt on pans, or hand wash thirty tee-towels! I think I only had to enforce it two or three times, then the word got out!

I often felt they loved the peace and calmness in my room, (except when we were cooking and the food processors or mixers were going, then I needed ear plugs!), after some of the noise I encountered in other classrooms - same group of children, different approach - different outcome!

I hope your "hungover headache" has gone!
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28. Ylee
9:24 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
I'm sure you're not the only one who left there with a headache, Briar! If ownership there has its' act together(sounds like they do, since it's expanding), they'll fix the acoustics in there!
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27. palmettobug53
1:47 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
I'm really looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing what photos you bring back.

Safe travels!
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26. Proserpina
12:27 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Yesterday I spoke with one of my WU friends who will meet up with you guys for the the photoshoot reunion. I've asked her to give you a hug for me. :)

Thank you for your nice comments you left for me in your post above. Yes, I have been working with a new painting and today I will discover if I am going to mess it up or not. I am trying a different approach to putting in a background the end results will tell me if I improved the painting or totally destroyed it.

Wishing you a lovely day.
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25. calpoppy
10:03 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
HI Briar! Getting more jealous by the minute with your impending Gold Beach trip, LOL!! One day I will make it up there.

I don't like to just sit at the beach either, there has to be something else to do!! I love tide pools, and Cali does have some really good ones. If you go up to San Simeon there are the Elephant seals on the beach and there are hundreds of them!! In Monterey you can see the Sea Otters and Peregrine Falcons. The Cali coastline up Hwy 1 is drop dead gorgeous, if you can stand all the hair pin turns with a cliff on one side! I guess what I am saying is every state in this beautiful country has something wonderfully scenic to offer!

Now Alaskan beaches are a beachcomber's heaven. As you can find all kinds of things, from huge washed up whales to poor dead Kodiak bears. Bones and shells, artifacts from fishing boats and Japanese glass float balls. Or glaciers that go right into the sea, an amazing place! I love to beachcomb, in Kodiak they have a web site just for beachcombers to post pics of what they have found. I will have to go back and find the web site it was pretty cool!
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24. BriarCraft
9:47 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
GG, Sandi, Pros, Skye: Thanks for the rabbits and September greetings. It is going to be a great month, I'm sure.

Pros: It always gladdens my heart when I read that you've been painting. You have an artist's eye for photos and the few of your paintings I've seen show that same artist's eye along with an artist's touch.

Karen: No apologies needed. I just didn't understand that comment. Now that you've explained it, I'll add my perspective. Having grown up enjoying Oregon beaches, with their rocks to climb on and tidepools to explore, I was rather disappointed with SoCal beaches when I moved there. After the eye-opening, jaw-dropping sight of watching surfers change clothes right beside their cars (some wrapped in a towel, some not!) at Huntington Beach a few times, I found the beaches there and in San Diego to be rather boring. To me, not into surfing or sunbathing, the only thing to do was people-watch. The only SoCal beach I found particularly interesting in it's own right was the area from La Jolla Cove to Wind-N-Sea. Like they used to say when we were young, "Different strokes for different folks." Obviously, a lot of people enjoy SoCal beaches, so you're not alone in preferring them. I just didn't know what to do with myself, with no tidepools or rocks.

Reno: I keep doing everything I can think of, to spread the word about Gold Beach. From what I see over at your place, it appears that we might get a few late additions to the group.

Pros: What you said in your latest comment is exactly the reason I was attracted to WUphotos and WUblogs in the first place. Even though I've developed some good acquaintances and friendships in WUville, I continue to enjoy what others share of the places and flowers and critters they see.

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Yesterday, I undertook to accompany a pair of serious board-gamers to Portland. The largest game store in that metro area recently moved to a larger store and we all were curious to see it. More than half the square footage of the store is dedicated to game tables. I didn't actually count, but there certainly were more than 30 tables. If you consider that each table had 3-4 people and most of the tables were occupied, so there had to be 70-80 people there.

They are still in the process of settling in, but I do hope they install some acoustic tiles or other soft surfaces to help with the noise. Much as I enjoyed the games, the sound literally hurt my ears at times and I came away with quite a headache. Add to that the length of the day (leave here at 10:00am, grab lunch, arrive early for the noon opening so as not to miss out on the game start-ups, leave at 6:20pm, stop at a cafe on the way, arrive home at 8:35pm). After a day like that, it takes me a few hours to "wind down" so I can sleep. This morning, I slept late, and almost feel hung-over despite having nothing stronger than tea yesterday.

I am amazed that DH has just now headed off to play board games at someone's house in Centralia. Then again, I'm happy to have some quiet time to myself, with nothing I must do.

It has "felt" like fall here the last couple of weeks. The calendar says autumn starts Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 1:44pm PDT. Meteorological fall began September 1. It seems to me, though, that the unofficial beginning of autumn is Labor Day. Happy Labor Day, WUall!
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23. Proserpina
2:41 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
I am so glad that you are able to join the WU photographers get together. I too am looking forward to all of your (and the rest of the photographers) photos. I seem to live vicariously these days and your photos will create a visual/mental 'vacation' for me. I am sure that you will have a fabulous time!

Happy Labor Day weekend BC.
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22. RenoSoHill
2:20 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Karen I saw an opinion poll one that said 6 of the 10 best beaches in the US were in Oregon. I don't know if I would go along with that, but there are beautiful ones there and they are never crowded. Cold water and cool breezes, so not many sun worshipers or hot dog vendors. Some are the size that could be called "Private" and others go on for a mile.
We have always tried to get to the Oregon coast every 3 or 4 years - now with the "WU Happening" will be two in a row.

There is still room for drop-ins!!
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21. Skyepony (Mod)
2:00 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits & a happy September it looks like it will be. I'll be joining you all vicariously through your pics & blogs.. if OR was a little closer..
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20. Proserpina
1:53 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
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"When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown -
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear -
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here."
- Beverly Ashour, September

WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS!
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19. sandiquiz
1:12 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Hi Briar

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and "stunning-views-super-photography-make-new-friends " month of September.

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18. GardenGrrl
9:56 AM GMT on September 01, 2013
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

It's going to be an amazing month :-D
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17. SBKaren
1:47 AM GMT on September 01, 2013
"I found the beaches to be a bit unfriendly to beach goers,"

Oh gosh, I didn't mean anything negative at all! I just meant that someone who goes to the beach, at least here, goes to lay in the sun and play in the water. I didn't see very many beaches that would accommodate that. Most of the ones we saw were butted right up against cliffs and didn't look like a place where I would want to place a towel. And the water, like you said, felt pretty chilly! We were there in July I believe.

But for picture taking, or relaxing, or storms! I bet they are the BEST!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is the second year we have started in August. We always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. I've come to realize why it is beneficial for students. To understand you have to venture up to the high school level. There is more teaching time when you start in August. Students in HS are taking college exams, and SATs in May. When you get out in late June, that's a lot of missed teaching opportunity. I never really looked at it from that perspective before.

I do like my school. While I don't place a lot of stock on test scores, I will just say that we grew by 20 points last year. That is HUGE! The largest gain was within our special education community!
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16. Proserpina
12:26 AM GMT on September 01, 2013
What fun dancing to the Flight of the Bumblebee! Great job with the video.
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15. Proserpina
12:25 AM GMT on September 01, 2013
Enjoyable new blog. How exciting to go on a WU photographers outing, I am sure that it will be lots of fun. Meeting some of the WU photographers will be not only fun but an opportunity to share photography tips.

Came by to check on the new blog and to say hi. It has been a quiet day here. After my walk I decided to spend some time painting and to basically pursue leisure activities. I am on a third load of laundry, and I actually prepared supper. Hubby made decaf espresso to cap the meal. Now it is time for my weekly episode of Doc Martin (a British show)and then I will do some reading of a book I am really enjoying.

Take care and have fun planning your trip.
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14. BriarCraft
10:57 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Mike: Yeah, the warmth and lack of rain in California, especially in the winter, is real nice I have to admit. If it wasn't for about 30 million others with the same opinion, I'd still be there. ;-)

Ylee: I thought I was excited about my coming road trip. Then I saw a couple of bees this morning. And just happened to have camera in hand at the time...

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13. Ylee
8:52 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Hi, Briar! I can see the excitement in your writing! There's not a lot in Gold beach, webcam-wise, except for this streaming cam.

My dad had a 1960 Impala when I was a kid; it was green!
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12. clearlakemike
6:39 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Great blog...I love the central and south Oregon coast for a road trip (and road trips anywhere on the West Coast and Intermountain West.) And Crater Lake, Portland and the rest of Oregon for that matter. But only to visit as I always enjoyed coming back into the warmth of California, lol.

The first car I can remember riding in was a red and white 1959 Impala.

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11. BriarCraft
5:32 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Sandi: I'm not familiar with the term "blow-by" either. Grit, I understand. I can say that the filter in the bottom of the inner cup is very fine and not even the tiniest bit of tea leaf or coffee ground reached my mouth.
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10. sandiquiz
10:38 AM GMT on August 31, 2013
I was following you around the blogs first thing - last thing at night for you-:)

Interested in your insulated mug. This phrase ' while eliminating blow-by and grit.' .... What on earth is blow-by!!! Lol

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9. BriarCraft
6:30 AM GMT on August 31, 2013
I found the neatest travel mug. I was looking for something in which I could brew some tea or coffee while on my coming road trip. I found a marvelous variation on a French Press coffee maker, and have brewed delicious tea and coffee (not at the same time, silly!) with it.

GSI Commuter Java Press


Incredibly clever design removes the intrusive plunger rod from classic French Press designs and replaces it with an inner mug that creates a double wall of insulation to keep your coffee or tea hot while eliminating blow-by and grit.
Available at http://www.kitterytradingpost.com/product.php/pro did/63335 for $16.99
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8. BriarCraft
10:38 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
WTS: "You should be in prime shape to give valuable hints and insight to the more novice (me!) users!" Don't hold your breath on that one. I'm just figuring out which end of the camera to point where!

Karen: You're right that the water is cold! Even in September, it will cramp your toes in about 5 seconds flat. The little kids who couldn't resist can be quickly identified by their visible shivers and blue lips.

I'm not quite sure what you meant by, "I found the beaches to be a bit unfriendly to beach goers," except maybe the lack of services most places. The people, visitors and locals alike, have always seemed friendly enough to me.

Dianna: While it's certainly commendable not to leave a cluttered mess behind, don't make the mistake of going too far and compromising the comfort of your lifestyle for some nebulous, future convenience.

Reno: Funny you should mention "Mile by Mile". I've been going through that, jotting notes to myself. Since I won't have any access to the internet while I'm away from home, I need to keep track of things the old fashioned way. It's a great resource.

Sandi: "... you will blog about your trip, won't you!?" Oh, you betcha! And I'm sure I won't be the only one to post photos and Gold Beach and vicinity, though I don't know how many others will blog about it.

GG: "The Fuji is a great camera for wide open landscapes and macros and dim light." That just about sums up the things I'll be shooting. You mean to say there are other things to photograph? Hmmm. Go figure.

If you ever get a chance to use those vacation hours and have the budget to head west, I'll have all the best places scouted out to show you!
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7. GardenGrrl
9:28 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
What!? I've read this twice and haven't commented yet. Must be the heat :p It's been in the hundreds for ever it seems. Currently 105f.

You are going to have so much fun. The Fuji is a great camera for wide open landscapes and macros and dim light. Mine still gets lots of use even with the fancy camera.

So wish I had the budget to come tag along. Ironically I have the vacation hours...and if I brought Becky we would have someone to carry our gear for us :-D
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6. sandiquiz
9:20 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
I remember reading about you going with the WU photographers on a trip....I do wish I could be there, you will have to take photos of everything and then let me experience it in your blog - you will blog about your trip, won't you!?

I haven't done one of my trips for well over a year. First I was too ill to go away, then the op and the recovery, and for the last few months funds have been a little low to spend on 'fripperies' like camera trips away from home. But things are looking up, so perhaps one might be on the horizon!
The one photo you have posted reminds me of parts of Wales...rugged, steep cliffs, raw scenery and deep ravines into blue sea.

Have a good weekend in the garden....I am picking loads of the ' funny' tomatoes, I see soup on the menu this weekend!! Lol
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5. RenoSoHill
5:22 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Wont't be long now.. the list is growing of WunderFriends.

Here is a link to the Oregon Coast - Mile by Mile on 101.
This is also a brochure that is available at Oregon Information Centers. Excellent!
Mile by Mile

Gonna Be Fun in Gold Beach! See ya' there!
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4. osdianna
1:57 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
Funny this should all come about just as I am finally throwing out so many of my film photos; I am 68, and would be in mortal embarrassment if something happened which forced my two brothers and sisters-in-law to clean out my house. While it suits me and my very bohemian lifestyle, it would horrify people who live in "normal" conditions.

All this to explain why I am now beginning the task of un-cluttering my spaces. I have a lot of stuff, and while Oprah says you should only have stuff you really, really love, I have managed to acquire a lot of lovely stuff. I don't need three cameras; I can't even figure out why my Nikon D70s won't charge!

But I digress; have a wonderful road trip, learn a whole lot, see magnificent shorelines and trees, let go of your cares and just do it! Oh, and know that we will be hanging on your every experience. HA!
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3. SBKaren
1:05 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
Briar - I have traveled across this whole nation more than twice, visited a LOT of National and State parks along our routes, been to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and more, but I am absolutely with you when you say the coast of Oregon in unsurpassed. We traveled up the entire northern coast of California and Oregon, all the way up to Astoria before we headed in to Portland and on to the Columbia River Gorge (back in 1992).

I am a California lover. I LOVE living here. But the coastline of Oregon was drop dead gorgeous! I must admit that I found the beaches to be a bit unfriendly to beach goers, but maybe that's why they maintain their beauty. They are not overused or developed. The water was cold when we were there, the waves were pretty good sized, but oh my, the cliffs, the trees, the beauty MORE than made up for any of that!

I'm sure you'll have a good time and I look forward to any photos that you or any in that crew decide to share with us. I enjoyed looking at their photos last year.

Have a wonderful time! And don't forget to look past the view window in your camera!!!
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2. WatchinTheSky
11:21 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
Nice new blog, wish I were going as well. You should be in prime shape to give valuable hints and insight to the more novice (me!) users!
Road trips can be very entertaining and informative, again, jealous!
Mighty fine fins on that 59 :)

You were the one first saying "Time for a new blog. Stay tuned....", so I had to repeat back "don't touch that dial"!!

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