In July of 2006 I was traveling through Oregon for work. I drove down from Seattle for a day in Roseburg then over to the coast to Coos Bay via Highway 42. What a beautiful drive it is through Tenmile, Camas Valley, over the mountains through Remote, then Myrtle Point, and Coquille. After my day in Coos Bay I’ll be off to Grants Pass and Medford.
My friend and coworker Candis met me in Bandon that morning so I could visit the branch office. After the meeting we jumped into her car so she could show me some of the sites. I was on a pretty tight schedule so it was a whirlwind tour to be sure. I had never been to Bandon before then and I fell in love with it immediately. We drove along Jetty Road then through a small neighborhood to the end of the street. I jumped out of the car. We were high up on a bluff looking over the coastline at the ocean and the view was absolutely breathtaking.
I stood there for a moment and took it all in as best I could, snapped off a few pictures then jumped back in the car. Little did I know at the time (until I was back home in Seattle) that this was the Kodak Moment and one of the best photos of the trip. I was so moved by this scene. I love the symmetry of earth tones. The wild flowers in the foreground giving way to green along the bluff, the way the ocean layers its waves up to the sandy beach punctuated with those big rocks, and the background that transforms the ocean blue through wispy clouds into sky.
I claim no expertise or skill taking this shot. I didn't have any time to plan or think. It was one of those rare and wonderful accidents. A gift. Oregon was part of my territory from 2003 through 2009 and I always had my camera with me. Those were great times and I am blessed with many fond memories.
This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain 'Kodak Moments' contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK EASYSHARE M580 Digital Camera
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