Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Structural Infatuation

Structural Infatuation

“Beauty is and always will be blue skies and open highway.”
— Dave Hickey

I recently had two weeks off in between my old job and my new one, and I determined to spend it driving the Oregon Coast. I've spent a lot of time at the beach, but somehow I never had the chance to just drive. I guess I was either stuck on my parent's schedule, my friends' work schedules, or my own. Not this time though! I marked Bandon on my paper map, loaded up the van, and set off in the afternoon. 

Seeing as I didn't have much of a schedule, I assumed I'd be stopping more along the way. Other than the sugar-snack bakery (where I had the best doughnuts of my life), a PB&J stop at Thor's Well, and a paddle across Clear Lake, I hardly slowed down at all. I was LOVING the drive. So much so, actually, that I found myself pulling up at the overlook to Bandon shortly before sunset.

I spent the day exploring Bandon, saw a baby seal, and got an incredible shot of the sunset. (See previous post) Fully satisfied, I headed out in the morning and made a whole slew of stops throughout the day. I tried taking photos of the bridge in Newport, but I later discovered I left my Fstop at 2.5 and forgot to check it at all that night; which, if you know, makes landscape shots a little bit blurry. Oh well. I finished my trip a few days later feeling entirely rejuvenated, but not yet satisfied. I didn't get any good shots of the bridge! At my parents house the next week, I couldn't stop thinking about how cool those photos would be if I didn't screw up my settings. Then, I kept thinking about it. A few hours later my family was settling into the evening chill when I just couldn't take it anymore. I grabbed my dad's jacket and a flashlight and took off in a flash. I made it to the bridge around 10:20pm, shot photos until 5:30am, and reaped the rewards about eight hours later after waking up. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Wicked Deeds in the Darkness

Wicked Deeds in the Darkness

The Reward for Devotion

The Reward for Devotion