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Battle Rock Beach

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 18 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Port Orford, Oregon / 13 June 2010

If you look closely - there is a fellow standing down near the mouth of that creek flowing across the beach - giving some scale to the image.

Larger view:

The last time I was here was on April 11th. I posted an image of this beach on April 22 as part of the long series journaling that trip. On that day - the mountains at left were topped with snow.

This image was taken last Sunday. A wild weather day as I drove south and west out of Portland. It had been sunny and warm in the Willamette Valley. I could see the dense fog and low clouds as I approached the coast - and sure enough - I drove along through the gray for miles. The fog gave way to sun just as I arrived here in Port Orford - around 3 PM. The jacket came off and it was very pleasant. That wouldn't last very long...

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a very good composition. The man gives the dimensions. Seen in large we can appreciate best.

18 Jun 2010 5:13am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Such a beautiful landscape ! The mountains at the background are giving extra dimension too... very well done !

18 Jun 2010 6:05am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

fantastic beautiful landscape, georgous colours!! and love that tree!!

18 Jun 2010 6:28am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

so well composed

18 Jun 2010 7:30am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

A very attractive composition where the beautiful color of the water catches the eye

18 Jun 2010 9:09am

@Marie LC: Thanks, Marie - this was the color of the sea as I arrived here. By the time I'd hiked the tripod and camera to this spot - a cloud had moved below the sun - causing the water to show a steely dark blue. Waiting a few minutes - the cloud passed and this lovely teal blue-green returned. Sometimes a photographer's greatest asset is a little patience.

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

makes you feel alive seeing a scene like that, wonderful...

18 Jun 2010 11:45am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a breathtakingly beautiful scene, and so vast the person looks so tiny

18 Jun 2010 12:24pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous place . Love this rock on the right !

18 Jun 2010 2:27pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Quite an expansive beach and the rock on the right looks a great piece to explore and climb about. Nicely composed shot I bet it looks distinctly different when the sea is running hard with a big swell.

18 Jun 2010 4:47pm

@Curly: Hi there, Curly - greetings. Your post got me curious and so I brought up the tide chart for Port Orford. The tides can run about 20% wider difference than at the Golden Gate - ranging from a +8.5' down to a -2'. I'm thinking that rock would be a wild place to watch a winter storm roll in - but also a place to get stranded between tides. It is not uncommon to see 30' waves during a storm. I found those tides in mid-March of 2011 - should I make us some reservations?

David from Detroit, United States

A tranquil and inviting scene!

18 Jun 2010 7:54pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

beautiful perspective! Nice composition and color! Fabulous!

18 Jun 2010 10:11pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Coastal landscape out there is just so beautiful......and you caught it from a great perspective.......Count me in for the reservations next March !!!!

18 Jun 2010 10:14pm

@Susan: Okay, Susan - you're on! That path next to the tripod dips down to almost level with the beach before climbing right up the spine of Battle Rock. What a view!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

i'll bet that's a the trees at the top of that rock !!!

19 Jun 2010 1:06am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a beautiful spectacular place... and it's wonderfully atmospheric through your masterful composition! I kept imagining myself being there, laying on the grass, contemplating... feeling refreshed and inspired! Enjoy the larger view!:-) Have a great weekend!!!

19 Jun 2010 1:09am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Why would I ever leave this beach?

19 Jun 2010 2:52am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such a beautiful beach. I so miss the beach. Sigh...

19 Jun 2010 3:03am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Fantastic image of a wonderful landscape. This looks like a majestic place. Did you find some time to wander up the huge rock jutting into the ocean?

19 Jun 2010 3:15am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lets see.....March 2011, hmm should be a good time to see some massive spring tides hitting Trow Rock here in South Shields. Perhaps we should make a reservation to post a wild picture from these two beaches simultaneously - if the tides permit.

19 Jun 2010 11:58am

@Curly: Ah, my friend - you speak to the miracle of the Internet and of our AM3 Community. Certainly we can explore 'what the tides permit' 6000 miles apart. Yet, to share a stroll along these ragged shores - on either side of the divides - would be a magnitude better. So, here is my proposition - we schedule the virtual view for 2011 - while working towards the health and prosperity that allows for an actual meeting in 2012. Maybe we could meet along the coast of Newfoundland. That would be roughly equidistant - and they have 23 foot tides!