I just celebrated my birthday this last week and got taken to the coast to my favorite little hotel right on the ocean in Depoe Bay, OR. Raja and Zoe were not amused. We abandoned them to the cat sitter. We usually go for whale watching. This time the weather was stormy and tides were very high. The whales were nowhere to be seen. But some rather wild waves were. I have always wanted to go storm watching at the coast. This time, I got my wish. This photo was taken from the Whale Watching Center right next to our hotel. We usually go there to find out the whale count and find out what other things have been seen. The waves were topping the sea wall, even without high tide, which I have never seen happen before. I thought black and white would be good for these ocean scenes, so I used the Carbon app. And with this photo, I used the Ibiza filter with grain number 3.
This is the original. Not much difference between black and white and color in these pics.
We got this great picture of a seagull from the breakfast room. He was just sitting there in the rain watching us. Probably hoping for a handout. I used the Carbon New York filter with a light leak.
Here he is without the filter.
The first day we took a drive into Newport and wandered around the docks. Lots of crabbing ships. And the attendant seals. I got this shot of a boat, but could only hear the seals, barking very loudly. I used The Carbon Riverside filter with grunge grain 2. We had some great fish tacos at a restaurant right by the docks. Fresh fish, of course. This was the one calm day we had. The storm moved in before we got back to the hotel, though;and then the fun began.
Here is the original photo.
All night it stormed, and I went down to the breakfast room to watch the wave action at midnight at high tide. Wow! Pics turned out horrible, so I’m not posting one of those. Here is a picture I took in daylight on the way out of town of the wild wave action. The rain had pretty much ceased by then. The warning signs were there for a reason. I used Carbon with Los Angeles filter with grain 5. The coast Guard had already warned people not to go down to the beaches because of the waves. We watched for quite some time.
This is the original of the photo.
I got some great shots of water spouting along the wall in Depoe Bay. There are cracks in the rocks and water shoots up in some incredible spray displays. We had seen some shoot half way across the street before we got there. I got this shot and used Carbon Ibiza filter with grain 3.
And this is the original of this picture.
Unfortunately, one pour soul did not heed warnings and climbed over the wall to take a closer look at the blow hole a little after we passed here. He got swept off the rocks and into the ocean. This was so sad to hear after having had such a wonderful couple of days at one of my favorite spots. My thoughts are with him.
Now we are back home safe and sound. Zoe and Raja have not let us hear the end of our having been gone. Very nudgy, as usual.
(Now, just so you know, this will likely be my last post until March….Bar Mitzvahs and Wedding are front and center till then.)