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Yachats Across the River

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 16 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

We stayed in the small town of Yachats (pronounced YAH-hots), a great spot on the Oregon Coast. Our cabin was on the bluff looking across at the town.


"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Nikon D300 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 200 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Isn't it amazing when all the birds line up like that along the shoreline? What a fantastic shot John, in every way.

16 Feb 2009 5:24am

@bluechameleon: The birds are actually what caused me to make the shot. I have another capture of just the birds and it is definitely better for seeing the birds. But I wanted to show the town more; mainly to help people locate where we were.

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

It must have been a wonderful vacation...staying in such a place. Nice shot

16 Feb 2009 5:27am

@Hema Iyer: Yes, it was. We are heading back in March and April.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

great work on this. I love the shadows on the beach as well as the clarity of the opposite shoreline.

16 Feb 2009 5:30am

Pradeep from India

Nice shot...would love spending a vacation there...:)

16 Feb 2009 5:34am

Didier from somewhere, France

Beautiful view, I also like the toning

16 Feb 2009 5:46am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

That looks a lovely location, and a fine place to let the hours slip by. Neat shot John.

16 Feb 2009 5:52am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Excellent view from the room :) But why Yah-hots? I would never have figured that out from the spelling.

16 Feb 2009 6:00am

@Nicholas: Nicholas, This is from the Chamber of Commerce. "Yachats, pronounced YAH-hots, is derived from the Chinook Indian word, Yahuts, meaning dark water at the foot of the mountain. Nestled between the lush forested mountains of the Coast Range and the lapping waves of the Pacific surf, the charming little village of Yachats opens a window to the environment. It is the ideal place for rest, relaxation and renewal, discovery and romance." What they say about it is absolutely true!!

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Les couleurs et les ombres sont superbes
Nice place

16 Feb 2009 6:17am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle lumière, superbe image!

16 Feb 2009 6:40am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

What a great little place!! Love to stay there:-)

16 Feb 2009 7:10am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

A beautiful view, a nice place to be!

16 Feb 2009 8:36am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Beyond the beauty of this photograph, I like the shadows in the foreground! A full picture of serenity and softness,i love!

16 Feb 2009 8:36am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

what a beautiful place to spend vacations ! so peaceful ! I like the light and shadows !

16 Feb 2009 9:53am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

So beautiful landscape!

16 Feb 2009 10:29am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

A beautiful little town! Love the warm light in this shot! Well done.

16 Feb 2009 11:37am

Marcah from United States

Excellent scene. Love the shadows. Must be early or late.

16 Feb 2009 11:47am

@Marcah: Early

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Gorgeous photo, Jack. I love that area. Isn't there a covered bridge nearby? I need to do more exploring when we're out there in July.

16 Feb 2009 11:52am

@Lesley: There are covered bridges all over Central Oregon; I don't know about the Yachats area.

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

looks beautiful - love the birds along the shoreline - at first I thought they were little white caps, then I realized they were actually birds - nice work

16 Feb 2009 12:02pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: There is another photo that focuses on the birds. If you blow it up a bit there are wonderful reflections in the water.

Barbara from Florida, United States

A charming place to get away.
I love the view of the town and how the shadow of the trees painted their silhouette on the sand.
Enjoyed your explaination to Nicholas.

16 Feb 2009 1:03pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

yes well done, mignificent coulors

16 Feb 2009 1:25pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Nice wide angle shot. A great scene to wake up to.

16 Feb 2009 1:27pm

@dogilicious: In less than half an hour, the sun was gone for the day. The sky was like yesterday's photograph.

Ajay from Pune, India

Ah... as your camera turns... things become more and more clear. I love how you've framed that small town.

16 Feb 2009 1:44pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Looks like a beautiful place for a vacation, so interesting how the birds line up like that and so many of them

16 Feb 2009 2:18pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Oh those delightful shadows, Jack! A fabulous composition, beautifully observed and presented. And with the native Indian/first nation connection, even more significant in my mind. Awesome work

16 Feb 2009 2:28pm

Ninni from Brazil

Nice composition and fantastic warm colours. Looks like a fine place to spend some days in...

16 Feb 2009 2:36pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Never seen so many birds along the seaside, looks great and I love the composition with all the different layers!

16 Feb 2009 2:54pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good panoramic view and better shot.!!

16 Feb 2009 2:56pm

k@ from Paris, France

The golden light and all those birds gathering are so cool to admire ~

16 Feb 2009 3:15pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

I love this!

16 Feb 2009 3:35pm

Llorenç from Salt, Spain

Cálido color . Transmite paz i tranquilidad

16 Feb 2009 3:37pm

Martine from Brest, France

Magnifique lumière pour ce bord de mer. Bien vu avec l'ombre des arbres.

16 Feb 2009 4:24pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Beautiful! =)

16 Feb 2009 5:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Excellent light. Love those wading birds.

16 Feb 2009 5:52pm

Fabien from Lyon, France

Good light, great composition = good pic ! Bravo

16 Feb 2009 6:54pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

on croirait un petit port de Bretagne baigné des lumières dorées du couchant, et toutes les mouettes qui festoient, c'est très bucolique et apaisant.

16 Feb 2009 7:25pm

baobab from Cambridge, United States

my favourite part of this shot is the non-subject, the shadows... leading on from that I like the way there are blocks of [somewhat organic] pattern in various parts of the shot: the birds, the waves, the houses.

16 Feb 2009 7:43pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

LOL, I've got lots of Chaos but doubt I'll be giving birth to any dancing stars. (I probably didn't get the meaning). Anyhow, love your shot. Oregon is so beautiful!

16 Feb 2009 8:00pm

@Craig: Surely you give birth to dancing stars!

Bhavvish from Dallas, United States

Birds, shadows, populated coastline - Perfect co-existence

16 Feb 2009 8:08pm

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

good light and a great spot

16 Feb 2009 10:22pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A nice view and the birds seems to enjoy the spot too. The shadows of the trees bringing us in the picture are a plus.

17 Feb 2009 12:29am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

What a lovely and pristine storybook scene. Nice capture.

17 Feb 2009 12:39am

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Lovely lighting... Great capture with the flock of birds...

17 Feb 2009 12:50am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

A wonderful capture of this lovely place.

17 Feb 2009 2:36am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Wow lucky you what a great looking place

17 Feb 2009 4:17am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

I love the Oregon coast... Stunning image here, Jack!!

Also really loved your shot of Hecate Lighthouse... sigh..

17 Feb 2009 4:18am

@amy: How are you liking your new Sigma?

Tammy/Cricket from Huntsville, United States

What a setting. I have never been to the Oregon Coast. One day...one day.

Fantastic image yet again.

17 Feb 2009 4:47am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

I love the Oregon coast and the view these home have must be outstanding. I'm drooling with envy.

17 Feb 2009 5:14am

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada

Gorgeous. The shadows are fantastic.

18 Feb 2009 2:45pm

@Stephanie: Thank you, Stephanie. The shadows seem to pull me toward the town. What for some may be a distraction is for me integral to the photograph.

Mobius Faith from Akron, Ohio,, United States

Another wonderful shot. Looks like a nice place to visit.

22 Feb 2009 4:17pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Somewhere, I have a photo of Mike feeding the gulls there in Yachats ... (didn't know how to pronounce it then and you don't want to know what we called it). :D

1 Mar 2009 12:26am

@Judy: It's probably the most mispronounced town in Oregon.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I think it's a tossup between Yachats, OR, and Sequim, WA! :D

1 Mar 2009 5:29pm

@Judy: Yachats is a great place to visit, but I don't think that I would want to live there. In a short period of time, we have become so ensconced in Corvallis that Sequim seems almost like a dream.

Magda from Canada

absolutely beautiful!

5 Mar 2009 8:06am