This week I went wandering to some of my old stomping grounds. Places that i grew up with. The one I had the most time with was Kilchis Point Reserve, along the Oregon coast. This was not actually there when I grew up, it has been added in the last couple of years. The area that it is on was important to the local county when it was first settled. It had the first (probably the only for quite awhile) post office at the time. The ‘Reserve’ is set on what is actually a river delta – where the river feeds into the bay. Duck hunting used to be pretty good there, I don’t know if that is still the case. The day I was there, it was rainy and overcast, but not cold. I did get caught in the rain, but, the trees provided enough cover that I did not get wet. I must say, the designers did a great job on this. It is laid out well, and the work was very nicely done. It is a mile out to the gazebo at the end, and seems to be a mile back even on the other trail. The trail does make a loop. The first quarter to third of a mile ( I didn’t measure) is the paver blocks, the rest is crushed and packed gravel. Nice walking surface. Parking is good for the location, but not a large amount of spaces. 6-8 maybe, but there is a location for overflow a few feet away. At the time of day I was there, the tide was out, waaaay out, as shown in the photos. The bay is filling in with sediment, even though the Corp of Engineers have put two jetties at mouth of the bay. I don’t know if they will ever be able to dredge it all out or not, or if they even want. The fisherman would like for them to, I’m sure. There are some nice boats in the harbor that can no longer use the bay at all, they have to go straight out to sea even at high tide. I do have some images from the harbor, I’ll use those for next week. All in all, Kilchis Point Reserve is a nice place for your morning walk. The gazebo at the end is large enough for a lot of people. It might have been nice to have it a bit closer to the water, but being the bay and its tides, it is in a good spot. There are benches to rest on all over the trail, along with history markers/panels about the area. They were working on a building that day, I will guess it is going to be a restroom. Cheers to those involved!
My wife used to live a stones throw from those trees.
Trying the phone photos again. Mostly the challenge of trying a new gadget with familiar processing techniques. And it was handy when I saw the image. The sun and the light travel fast, so I just grabbed the phone from the table. So there are not as many images, I didn’t want to make it too boring. There is not much explaining to do, so I’ll leave you to it. Just simple images all in all. If you have followed these images over the weeks, you may remember seeing these subjects before. You may get to see them again someday. Hopefully not to much.
So as I was experimenting with different objects, I ran across and old pair of boots that I have. They are the same kind and brand that the loggers use who I had some images of in the last edition. Now as photographers we play around with all sorts of subjects, some ours, some others, we even borrow stuff from time to time. In the pursuit of unusual images, we use all sorts of things. This is one of those trials. When I was working full time, on my feet 10-12 hours a day, usually on cement floors, the proper foot wear is important. I started wearing “custom” boots many years ago, and have not regretted it one bit. These old workhorses have given me good value for my dollar. These particular ones are made by “Westco” which is a local company here in the Northwest. They do have a website – Westcoboots.com – if you want to look them up. They have excellent products, are great people to work with and they offer many choices in footwear. They have expanded into lines of more casual, everyday wear from their work boots. One of the many advantages of their boots is that they are rebuild-able I have found if you have a good pair of boots, you usually hate to get rid of them. They are all nicely broken in and just feel good when you wear them. The big box store stuff you buy now is programmed to last only a short time, and even if they do fit, that type won’t be there next time a round. I’ve been down that road. As you can see from the images, these boots have seen better days. They still get used in the dry seasons. They Have been rebuilt 3-4 times. I’ve lost count. They cannot be rebuilt again, the oils and chemicals from work take their toil on the leather. That’s ok, I have another pair. I thought about the ones the loggers use – calks – (say – “corks”), they are the ones with the little spikes in the soles. My brother probably has a pair, along with the tin hat. But I was not able to take off at the time and go get them. So all of this comes down to you still need good footwear. Even if you job is not falling trees and building roads.