Travel the Oregon Coast, Seeking Treasure


My husband, Steve and I made our maiden mini voyage last weekend in our new photography travel set up! If you follow me you know that I am doing a year long project which involves taking photos and traveling the Oregon Coast everyday during 2017.  My base and main focus is Bandon for this year but it is my plan to also hit other spots on the coastline. The purpose of my project is to showcase the beauty and ecology of our refuges and other protected areas.  You can read more about this project on my blog post titled, “I Have a Voice”.


We spent one night and two days to check it out and get a feel for how everything works.  It was a lot of fun and we had good laughs at silly mistakes that we made.  Steve did the driving but I am “in training”  and am determined to be able to manage and drive it myself as well.  It is really a pretty slick set up with a contemporary feel  for the interior which we like a lot.  Not too big, not too little, just right! 🙂 We headed out south down the road a bit to Harris Beach State Park in the Brookings area which is close to the California boarder and about two hours from Bandon. This area is a  magnificent stretch of the Oregon Coast and home to the infamous “Secret Beach”.  The photography goal was to get a great sunset or sunrise but as we all know, weather has a mind of its own.  We did have fun exploring Secret Beach more and took a few shots before it got too wet. It was highly overcast so I created a black and white rendition which is the last image below.  

On the way home it appeared that the weather was letting up a bit so we stopped at Meyer’s Creek area which is the backdrop of  the shot above.  We easily pulled off and there was ready access to tall sea stacks surrounded by some mild sand dunes and beach grass.  We spent several hours working the area. The weather kept “going out” on us but we persisted.

I’m attempting to approach my work on the beaches these days as if I am on a “treasure hunt”.  I’m in search of details, large and small  that fit together to tell the story of our coastal environment. As I said in past posts, I’m still excited about iconic shots with epic skies but just as important to me now are the simpler details that add to the story.  As you can see from my images here they are not necessarily hang on your wall, metal print images.  Rather, small pieces of a larger story that will unfold.  When I see an interesting “treasure” such as a cool tree stump, clump of grass or piece of driftwood, I think “well that is cool but how the heck can I make an interesting image out of it?”.  So that is my  work and my  challenge these days as I comb the beaches.  It can be very frustrating when I come up empty but it is also an exhilarating experience that is causing me to think and see anew.  

Thanks for taking a peek and exploring these new treasures with me!



Patterns in the virgin sand lead the eye in…suddenly the old, rotting log becomes a beautiful piece of beach sculpture.  The story then continues out to sea.


Often Oregon Coast beach terrain is cluttered, complicated and chaotic.  Choosing one beautiful element and developing my image around that to tell the larger story is a challenge that I am beginning to appreciate and enjoy.  I spent quite a while with the stunning piece of weathered, white driftwood below before I settled on a composition that expanded my view and  inspired me.


Textures galore, repeating patterns,  movement and color all come together and describe a typical coastal winter day. 


I spent a long time with this old tree stump.  It reminded me of the story book called “The Giving Tree”.  



And finally, my black and white rendition from Secret Beach.  

I hope you enjoyed these images and that you may be inspired to seek out treasures of your own!  

I’d love to hear from you so please don’t be shy to leave a comment!  ~ Susan




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  1. Elke Retterer February 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Beautiful trailer and how lucky to have a spouse who will accompany you and supports your project. I believe I have seen you in Bandon taking pictures. When I go up to see my mom, I try to always plan a day to go to Bandon and see what pictures I can get. Sunsets are always terrific, especially during the fire season. Maybe next time I see you, I will actually come over and say hi. I would love to meet you and talk about the gorgeous Oregon Coast. Trying to talk my other half to move up there or Puget Sound. What can I say; I am a sucker for all those blue and green hues. Love your blog. Have fun and safe travels.

    • Susan Dimock February 18, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Elke, thank you for the comment! Yes, next time please do stop me for a chat! And yes, I am lucky that Steve supports my project. He is just as much into taking photos as I am. Lucky that we have the same passion for sure! 🙂

  2. Linda Morris February 18, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    Absolutely beautiful, I grew up spending alot of time on the Oregon coast, mostly between Brookings and Bandon. Always took lots of photos. Yours are really wonderful and make me miss the area since I now live in NC.

    • Susan Dimock February 18, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Linda, Thanks so much for following and for the kind comment. I bet you miss it but glad the photos bring back memories. The Brookings to Bandon stretch is really so pretty isn’t!

  3. Bob Smith February 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Lovely imagery Susan. It’s magic to bring to life the wonder and beauty of the rocks and wood and seaweed found lying around on every beach if only we stop and look.

    • Susan Dimock February 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      Hi Bob, Thanks for taking the time to follow and write this kind comment. I see you are a lover of the wild also. I checked out your images and seems we are “birds of a feather” Take care and happy picture taking! Susan

  4. Donna. Smith February 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Susan……Beautiful, one and all! I’m particularly attracted to the driftwood and old root……the textures are wonderful and clarity, perfect. How I envy you in traveling with your husband in that lovely new trailer……off to find adventures! And today’s post is off to a great beginning!

    • Susan Dimock February 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you so much, Donna. That really was a beautiful piece of driftwood and I was determined to find a way to make an image out of it. I’m so glad you like it. Steve and I will travel in our new get up a bit this year but hopefully a lot more next year. I am grateful!Thank you for your support and encouragement and for following along. Take care, Susan

  5. Kim February 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    You are truly blessed with so much talent, and so is your husband. I am going to Oregon this summer and can’t wait to take some pictures of the coast; I hope to get down to Bandon.

    Safe travels,

    • Susan Dimock February 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

      What a sweet and much appreciated comment, Kim! We sure enjoy it and we are grateful! If you get to Bandon stop by our motel to say hi! (lakris Inn)

      • Paul Esselstyn February 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

        Really like that monochrome. How Many seconds?

  6. Paul Esselstyn February 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Really like that monochrome. How Many seconds?

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