Battery Point Lighthouse

While showing my brother the Redwoods near Crescent City, California we visited Battery Point Lighthouse.  We were blessed with a beautiful morning.Battery Point Island

 

Battery Point Lighthouse

 

Battery Point Light was one of the first Lighthouses on the California coast.  It sits on a tiny islet connected to the shore by an isthmus which can be walked across at low tide.  There is a museum there that is open April through September (during low tides).

A Taste of Italy Art Exhibit

Roxy Poster

 

My Exhibit includes photos while on my first “Chasing Francis” Spirit Venture in 2012 with photos from Assisi, Rome and Florence. It is at the RoxyAnn Winery in Medford, Oregon.  Come on by for a glass of Cabernet Franc:)

If you are interested in joining us we will be going again next spring during the last couple of weeks in March.   Pax et Bonum

Oregon Dunes

Dunes Overlook

 

The Oregon Dunes Overlook is a “view point” and a trail head for hikers that is about 11 miles north of Reedsport off of 101.   Be sure to get a Day Pass to park.  There are two viewing platforms.  But I recommend walking out onto the dunes. I took this shot looking back at the tree line and platform.  The big bonus here is that there are no ATVs.  Thus, an opportunity to consider another wonder of His creation.

Florence Dunes pt 2

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Here’s another photo from the Oregon Dunes near Florence captured in the wee hours of the morning.

I love the warm glow of the morning sun filtering across the soft shapes of the dunes …. An “Alter Moment” reminding me of the song “Here comes the Sun.”

Florence Dunes

Florence Dunes

 

This photo was taken in Florence, Oregon with the low morning light revealing the soft wind-swept curves of the dunes.   This is my first image from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a 40 mile stretch along the Oregon Coast from the Coos River in North Bend to the Siuslaw River in Florence.

The Oregon Garden

Gaillardia

 

This is the last of my Oregon Garden collection.  The Gaillardia above turned out to be one of my favorites.  They are so bold and bright.  It was definitely a  blessing having the early morning rain.

Oregon Garden in Silverton

 

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center lawn

 

This is the view of the main lawn from the Axis Fountain.  They have quite a variety of gardens from Conifers and wetlands to a pet friendly and children’s garden.

 

 

Pink water lilies

The Day Lilies were abundant.

Orange Day Lilies

Yellow Day Lily

 

There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

A Quiet Place

My favorite was the Bosque Reflecting Ponds, a central plaza featuring four brick ponds and 40 planter boxes, each planted with a single tree.

Reflecting Ponds

 

The Signature Oak is an Oregon Heritage Tree that is more than 400 years old.

Signature Oak

June was fortunately a perfect time to appreciate the bounty of color.

Oregon Garden in Silverton

 

Penstemon Red Riding Hood

 

Red Poppy Field

 

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and need to get away for a few days, I can easily recommend the Silverton area.  The Oregon Garden Resort is a very nice place and they have frequent deals through Travel Zoo.  They show movies in the Garden during the summer, in October scarecrows are displayed throughout.

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And Silverton is a Happening Place with loads of activities planned throughout the year:  A Bloom Quilt Show, Brewer’s Tasting Dinner at the Resort, Fireworks on the 4th of July, and a Car Show in August.  Silver Falls State Park with the trail of ten falls is just a short drive.  Here is a photo of Winter Falls (check out my earlier post:  All Creation Sings His Praises).

 

Winter Falls

 

 

 

So, just maybe I will see you there someday.

Fountain

 

Oregon Garden Resort

 

Pink Poppies

An early morning photo of these vibrant pink poppies at the Oregon Garden in Silverton

An early morning photo of these vibrant pink poppies at the Oregon Garden in Silverton

While visiting the Oregon Garden we were fortunate to take advantage of a Travel Zoo deal and stay at the Resort there.  That gave me easy access to the Garden.  I would get up at 4:45 and head out to shoot photos like these of the poppies before the bright sunlight would make it impossible to capture all the detail and texture of the flowers.

Wrinkled Pink

The early morning dew seemed to accentuate the delicate nature of this poppy.  This photo was taken with my Canon 5D II, a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens with a B&W polarizer.

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