The attempt to see Cape Blanco was an abject failure, the heavy fog rolling in just as I drove up to the gates. Some days, the artist must just keep looking for opportunities. I drove back up the coast road, and then decided to drive the beach loop just south of Bandon. I missed two turnoffs for state parks, and made the third, a small parking lot for the Face Rock wayside.
Stepped out of the car and almost got blown across the parking lot. Decided to go with just the camera and zoom lens, and leave the daypack with the other lenses in the car, as I wasn’t about to try changing out lenses in gale-force winds with blowing sand!
From the walkway at the wayside, I could see some interesting rock formations below. Almost got blown sideways trying to get a steady shot, though.
It was a pretty enough shot, but literally everyone who stopped was taking the same photo. I decided I wanted more, so found a set of winding steps and rickety railing to the beach below. And except for three riders on horses who quickly galloped out of the wind, it was just me on that whole stretch of beach. Well, me and the wind.
And the waves and rocks and reflections…
I had a blast (pun intended) exploring the rocks, finding good angles, and found a few pieces of agates too.
Moral of the story? Next time you think the day is a washout, you might be surprised what you find if you just keep looking!