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Shadow of the Rock

This is the famous Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR, taken during one of my recent road trips to the coast. I got there just in time for this truly spectacular sunset after quite a bit of weeked traffic. I kept watching the clock as the sun continued to go down and wasn't sure if I would be able to see it. Luckily, I've been there many times before and new exactly where to park so I grabbed my gear and scurried down the beach. I fired off a couple shots from the other side of the famous Haystack Rock, but there were were really no clouds in the sky and the color wasn't popping just yet. As I turned around, I could see a band of clouds moving from the inland back out to sea. So I decided to move to the other side of the rock and wait for the color explosion that resulted only minutes later as the sky/clouds literally caught fire. This was the clearest I have ever seen it at Cannon Beach and you can even see the Tillamook Rock Lighhouse off in the distance (just to the right of Haystack), literally over a mile out to sea. Talk about perfect conditions, the tide was in so the water flowed up farther on the beach and allowed for the colorful sky to be reflected. I was also able to capture this very interesting foreground sand ripple in front of me that didn't have any footprints in it, which is pretty hard to find considering how many tourists visit Cannon Beach every year. Though the beach was very busy, I really lucked out in that everyone seemed to stop to watch the sunset so I scored a very rare peopleless sunset photo!


From Wikipedia: Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) tall monolith (or sea stack) on the Oregon coast in the northwestern United States, the third-tallest such "intertidal" (meaning it can be reached by land) structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot during low tide. Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a refuge for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.


In other news, I will finally be able to go on one my dream photo vacations and will be traveling to Australia next week. I will be visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, and Brisbane. Fingers crossed for some great weather! If anyone has some tips for places to shoot, please send me a Flickrmail!

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Taken on May 7, 2010