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Isn’t this just Paradise? I love this spot with all my heart!

Ecola State Park, located off Highway 101, north of Cannon Beach, offers some of the most breathtaking and exquisite views to be found on the Oregon Coast.

To the south lies Cannon Beach and its landmark Haystack Rock and the Needles. The mists and fog compete with the sun to create an ever-changing vista. The surf changes from low white foam to crashing swells, from cobalt blue to sea green, to the myriad shades of grey in a storm. You won’t see the same scene twice!

Excerpts from

First Place Winner in the Just Beaches Challenge
December 2009!!!


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work Marita, love the mystical feel, with fabulous DOF…inst fave with thanks

  • I know you would have really worked some HDR magic on this shot, Larry. Lighting conditions can be really tough up here – the fog had just lifted but the moisture still in the air – and the sun was glaring so strongly and this glare magnified many-fold by the water. Really sends the readings all over the board..but I was happy with this only slightly adjusted shot!

    – worldtripper

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic view, and so clear! It must be the lighting “up there”… more favorable to photography than the harsh light of Oz. I love the mountains in the background.

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Marita!!! :D :D One of my favorite places!!!

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Many Thanks, Cee. We’re lucky to have been there and seen this first hand! It has to be seen to be believed!

    – worldtripper

  • MischaC
    MischaCalmost 5 years ago

    I’ll have to get out to see this place when I finally get back to the West coast. Thanks for sharing this lovely environment with us.

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Yes, it’s paradise! Stunning capture, excellent work, Marita!

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMalmost 5 years ago

    Oh Marita this is spectacular

  • Thanks so much for the awesome comment, Angel!!!

    – worldtripper

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 5 years ago

    Ah, this beautiful image has so much going for it! I love the hazy blue ridges stretching away towards the horizon, and the layers of lacy waves spilling on to the shore. Great composition and quite dreamy light too – wonderful Marita!!

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 5 years ago

    Gary, above, has hit the nail on the head when he talks about the lighting. That was what was niggling at my sub conscious in the previous shot and I couldn’t put my finger on it. This has a truly ethereal feel to it which you just don’t get in photos of our Aussie coast. A wonderful sequence of photos. Peter

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 5 years ago

    Oooh, Marita. This is just beautiful. I just love the Oregon coast and you have captured this so beautifully with that misty fog lying in the hills in the distance. Wow! An amazing capture.

  • Thanks so very much, Marjie! About an hour or so earlier, we were on the beach down there and it was covered in fog, so I almost didn’t drive up to the park – that would have been a big mistake, only rarely have I seen it so spectacular!

    – worldtripper

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    ♥ Wow…. perfect !!! :D ♥

  • Thanks sweetheart!!!

    – worldtripper

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