An Oregon Coast Retreat

Everyone can use an Oregon coast retreat from time to time, especially this year. From killer bees, pandemics, statewide closures, social distancing and a presidential election, a coastal retreat couldn’t come at a better time.

Luckily for us, October brings the anniversary of the day we moved to Oregon. Our very own self-proclaimed holiday called Oregon Day. And while we normally run a muck all over Portland to celebrate all things Oregon, this year we took a more social distanced approach. We booked an Airbnb along the Oregon coast and spent 3 days overlooking the Pacific Ocean with our pups.

I brought my camera along and hoped to capture some picturesque images while there. However, with a new puppy and a husky without doggy dogs or fenced yards, we had our hands full.

I still did find a few moments where I brought out my camera. The first was right at sunrise where the sky filled with colors that reminded me of cotton candy.

Oregon Coast Retreat

Here’s a story: when I was a child, I loved looking at the clouds and finding shapes. As I grew older and studied art, I loved looking up and examining the colors and noticing where the highlights would go if I ever painted the sky. As a photographer, I randomly found myself shooting up at the sky. However, this stopped when someone I second shot for asked me why I did this. I suddenly became aware on how unusual this was. So I stopped photographing the sky, I still admired it but spent a little less time looking up.

So in this trip, I gave myself permission to awe at the sky. Yes, it felt weird and I felt somewhat self conscious of what someone would think if they saw me pointing my camera up, but it also freeing.

On our last evening, I escaped again to photograph the sunset. I felt like I was chasing the last moments of light to find the perfect spot to capture the golden sky.

Oregon Coastal Sunset Retreat

I hope you enjoyed a few photos from our Oregon Coast retreat. Until next time.
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