Central Oregon Coast Trip


There is always a way and always hope in the next sunrise, and in the next second, and in the next minute.

~ Ziggy Marle



“Underworld in the Morning Moon Light”,  Seal Rock State Park, Newport, Oregon


Steve and I spent three nights in our trusty trailer this week exploring the Central Oregon Coast.  Fog settled in each evening over the horizon so we focused on eating great dinners at night and getting up each morning for a sunrise.  And the skies did not disappoint. The colors were brief but beautiful and we had to make haste in order to capture the fleeting beauty.  Working quickly was a challenge since we had to traverse some pretty serious jagged rock areas. But for us, that is part of the fun.  Exploring and discovering unique pockets of sea life and lagoon-like pools of aqua blue adds greatly to the adventure of photography. Iconic shots are splendid and fun but finding my own unique compositions is a creative challenge that I cherish.

The Oregon Coast is dripping with sea life and I spent one morning  dazzled by the richness of  tide pools.  The sea stars and sea anemones drew me in and I spent hours just watching waves crash over the colorful wildlife. I created intimate landscapes using the sea stars as my subject du jour and had to finally drag myself away as our time began to run short.


“Awakening at Strawberry Hill”, Strawberry  Hill State Park, Oregon Coast




“My Little Blue Lagoon”,  Strawberry Hill State Park, Oregon Coast





“Hidden Pockets of Life”,  Strawberry Hill State Park




“Gushing Crevice”,  Strawberry Hill State Park, Oregon Coast




“Seaweed Swish”, Seal Rock State Park, Central Oregon Coast



“Salty and Sweet at Strawberry Hill”,  Central Oregon Coast





“Man’s Stone Shelter”, Cape Perpetual,  Oregon Coast.  This shelter was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933.  It sits atop a 45 million year old oceanic shield rock. On a clear day you can see for 70 miles out to sea.  







“Swoosh”, Strawberry Hill,  Central Oregon Coast





“Tiny River Runs Through”,  Strawberry Hill, Central Oregon Coast





“Strawberry Hill Forever”, Central Oregon Coast

A heavenly end to our summer.   

Take care out there and be safe.  ~ Susan

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  1. Jeff Landis September 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Nice work. Love the colors you are able to get, I feel that i’m right there.

    • Susan Dimock September 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jeff. We did score some great skies!!!

  2. Carol Jones September 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Susan – I felt like an armchair traveller upon viewing these incredible shots taken on the Central OR Coast…brilliant – and thank you so much for sharing. So happy you now have a trailer to keep your equipment contained and provide you and Steve with shelter from the elements and a place to rest your heads.

    • Susan Dimock September 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

      Thank you so much, Carol! The trailer is a lot of fun…we are amateurs at the whole trailer thing but learning fast through various funny mishaps!!! The Central Oregon Coast is beautiful!

  3. John Van't Land September 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Great work, Susan. You captured some beauty I never saw on our brief trip to Strawberry Hill a few weeks ago. I wish I lived closer to Oregon and could go back and see how you did it!

    Keep up the great work!

    • Susan Dimock September 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi John! Thank you for such a kind comment! It is a super spot but ya do need to poke around quite a bit! I saw your sea star shot too and thought they were great!….such an awesome spot!!!

  4. Tom Rostron September 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    These are just Amazing Susan. Makes me want to go out to the beach and practice with filters and long exposures. Love the colors. Nice work

    • Susan Dimock September 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks, Tom. We were hoping you would get some of that on your Bandon trip but the sky just had other ideas! It is so much fun to work with filters…it’s like a treasure hunt…you just never know quite what you are going to get with the water. Definitely a lot of fun!

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