Time To Leave Oregon

As with all vacations, they must come to an end and so it is time to leave Oregon and return home. We’ve had a wonderful trip and lots of great memories and Faith and I are already talking about a return trip in the future.

Before we left, I had to take one last image of the local wildlife. I thought this Western Gull on the rooftop next door was a good subject. He’s the one that was feeding his brood in my previous post. The gull was backlit by the morning sun, so I thought a silhouette would work very nicely here.

Western Gull - Oregon
Western Gull

As with any family vacation, you have to get a group photo before you leave. I set the timer on my camera and got a few shots of us in the backyard of the Pearl overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Of course it was a beautiful day, and the warmest of the days we were there, so naturally it must be time to go!

Skip, Mary, Faith and Me - Oregon
Skip, Mary, Faith and Me

On the way back Faith wanted to stop at a lavender farm to pick her own lavender. The annual lavender festival in the Willamette Valley was scheduled for the next 2 days and all the lavender fields were in bloom and being prepared for the expected crowds.

Field of Lavender - Oregon
Field of Lavender

Faith had a great time picking the perfect stems to bring home with her.

Faith in the Lavender - Oregon
Faith in the Lavender

I had a little fun trying some blurs with the lavender. It was a breezy afternoon, so the wind certainly helped with creating a moving subject.

Lavender - Intentional Blur - Oregon
Lavender – Intentional Blur

There is a lavender farm near Portland that has an unobstructed view of Mt. Hood from the fields. I so much wanted to visit the farm and get a photo of the snow-capped mountain in the background, but we simply ran out of time. There were so many places to visit and there just wasn’t enough time to see and do it all.

Another stop I wanted to make was to photograph Mt. Hood as the backdrop to the Portland skyline. The light and clouds on our last evening were perfect for such an image. But our dinner at Salty’s ran later than I had hoped and I wasn’t able to make that shoot before sunset. We were treated to gorgeous views of Mt. Hood as we drove back to the hotel, so I will have those memories and I will have the desire to return and get the shots I missed.

Oregon has become a special place for me and Faith. I’m not sure when we might return out there, but I can assure you that, God willing, we will be back.


  • Meg

    August 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Incredible images, Michael! Looks like you and Faith really have a great time…

    • Michael

      August 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks, Meg! We certainly did!

  • Jess Yarnell

    August 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I really like your lavender blur!!

    • Michael

      August 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Jess. Thought I would try something new. Blurs are not new for me. Just the intentional part! 🙂

  • Debbie Tubridy

    August 19, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I can tell that you guys truly love Oregon! Great shots Michael!

    • Michael

      August 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you, Debbie!