A Trip to The Pacific North West

In May 2021 I flew to Portland, Oregon to visit photographer Nick Imbery and Duke my favorite dog. We planned to drive down the west coast taking photos of Heceta Light House and Thors Well. I found an affordable room at The Camas Hotel in downtown Camas, Washington and met Nick at a local brew pub. Nick was excited to tell me about the possibility of one of his photos being chosen for the front cover of a local magazine.

The first thing I notice about the Pacific North West is how green and worn the streets are compared to other parts of the states. It reminds me of the UK with narrow roads, cloudy skies and lots of trees. The climate is a welcome change from the hot, dry Western Colorado landscape I travelled from.

The first stop on our photo trip was the Columbia River Gorge one of Nicks favorite spots to shoot. You can see a wide angle view of it from the Cape Horn overlook.

A chance of a ticket to visit the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm changed our plans and we headed to Woodburn, Oregon. This was a place I had wanted to visit but my ticket had been cancelled due to new covid restrictions in place. Despite it being the end of the festival there were still plenty of tulips to be seen and Duke was happy to pose amongst them.

The next day we drove down the 101 scenic coastal road stopping at Cape Point, Cannon Beach and Thors Well arriving at the Well in the late afternoon. Thors Well is a notorious sink hole that became popular after photographer’s started taking mystical shots of it. When we arrived it was high tide and there was no chance for a close up shot on the rocks. The sneaker waves that roll in are huge and to be caught in one of those would be very dangerous. This is a location that needs to be timed just right and this was not the time or the day. I was however able to get some close up shots of the well from the cliff side using a 200mm zoom.

As time was getting on we carried on down the coast to visit Heceta Light House for sunset. The light house is not much further down the coast from Thors Well but it still took time to find it, park and run up the trail and scout a location to photograph it from before we lost the golden light. We made it just in time to see a colorful sky set behind it from the best composition spot we could find on the cliff side.

Heceta Lighthouse

After spending no more than an hour at the lighthouse and wishing we had had more time ( isn’t that the case for every picture perfect location you find) we drove back up to Washington. We got back late but we all agreed ( including Duke) that the long drive was worth it for the scenery we had been lucky to see and photograph.


Since I returned from the trip Nick has been proud to announce his photo was chosen and published on the front cover of June 2021 Columbia River Gorge magazine.

Congratulations Nick!

See Nicks work and order prints on his website www.nickimbery.com and follow him on Instagram @nickimbery

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