My series on our vacation to Oregon continues with our first morning in Portland, Oregon. I work up early that morning to capture sunrise over Portland from the view at Pittock Mansion. The mansion is on a rise west of the city, and if the clouds cooperate, you can get a beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately, the clouds didn’t cooperate this particular morning. Sunsets can also be good from this viewpoint as on clear evenings, you can see Mt. Hood lit up by the setting sun behind the city. Our last day in Oregon featured the right conditions for a cityscape shot with Mt. Hood in the background, but our schedule didn’t allow me to get up to the viewpoint before sunset. Click an image to view larger.
The gardens around Pittock Mansion have some beautiful flowers and I took a moment to photograph a few of them while I waited for the light to improve. The cloud cover and still air was perfect for flower photography.
Eventually the skies parted slightly, but I never did get the shot I wanted. Ironically, the sun beams in this particular photo are shining on the hotel where we were staying…where I wasn’t at the time. I came back for breakfast to hear stories of how beautiful the sun was when the family woke up.
After breakfast we drove over to Cannon Beach for a 3 night stay. Cannon Beach is famous for Haystack Rock which is a 235 foot tall sea stack and is generally thought to be the third largest intertidal structure of its kind. It is a very interesting feature on the beach and easily seen from just about anywhere along the coast. Haystack rock hosts numerous breeding birds including Western Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Black Oystercatcher, Common Murre and Tufted Puffin. I’ll post more about my adventures at the rock in another post.
Our home for the next 3 nights was the Sea Breeze Court. A lovely little set of cottages just a block from the beach. They were clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We would have preferred to stay on the beach, but beachfront houses rent many months in advance and for at least 7 nights during the high season. We only wanted to stay 3 nights in Cannon Beach, so this was perfect for our needs. The flowers around the Sea Breeze Court and all of Cannon Beach were just beautiful. The weather is obviously perfect for some beautiful blooms in the spring and summer.
I’ll post more about Cannon Beach and the rest of our itinerary soon. There are lots of photos to go through for each post. Stay tuned!