Monthly Archives: July 2016

Drift Creek Suspension Bridge

Took off early today to do something I have had on my list of ‘places to go for photos’ for a long time.  It promised to be warm and sunny, and when your headed for the coast range, warm and sunny are usually a good thing.  Yes and no.   I did leave early as it usually a popular place and I wanted to beat the summer crowds if possible.  I was early enough (I got there late at 9 am) to beat the crowds, but a cloudy day would have been better photo-wise.  The sun was very harsh and contrasty, which if you like cameras, you know this can be the challenge.  It was a good day, and I had a lot of fun looking for subjects.  A few specs on the bridge;  it is 240 feet long, 100 feet above the creek, the creek itself flows out of the rock face at 80 feet.  The deck of the bridge is 3 feet wide.  It does sway a bit when you cross, but with a smooth, normal stride, you don’t notice unless you stop midspan or if someone else crosses.  It is a mile and a quarter to the bridge from the trail head. Another quarter mile or so will take you to the creek below the bridge.    There is no park admission, but you need a $5 park pass (at least when they have envelopes to put it in).  So I suppose that counts as an admission and parking permit.  I had fun playing with shadows and silhouette’s, and there is one where the shadow of the bridge goes diagonally across the falls with an image/shadow on the bridge.  That shadow is me.  I then worked at getting others into image as well.  As you can see, there is lots of forest around, and it is still nice and green for a bit.  There is a loop trail to take on the way back, but it was a bit overgrown today so I passed on that trail.  The rest was all very well maintained and a pleasant hike.

P.S.  I did not add directions to the trail head.  There are two ways in/out.  On the day I went in I used the entrance on Hwy 18. It is 9 miles in, very curvy, and had to watch for log trucks.  The other way is to use the entrance from Hwy 101 south of Lincoln City. It is 12 miles in, also very curvy, but did not have the log trucks to share the road with. PLEASE NOTE!!! Both roads are narrow, one lane with turnouts.  If you meet a larger vehicle, one of you has to pull off or back up out of the way.

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Downtown

Almost sounds like the piece of a song.  I was downtown, or uptown, well, I went to the city center.  We have a city center square, Pioneer Courthouse Square,  that is more or less the heart of the downtown area. They arrange for entertainment for all ages and interests.  There are sand castle contests, concerts, art shows, flower shows.  All sorts of interesting things if you are so interested.  Every Tuesday they have a concert, usually from a local artist.  I drop in to watch the people.  So, I suppose this edition could be referred to as street photography.  Then I wandered off to see what else I could find.  The conglomeration of buildings we have has always been fascinating to me.  I suppose the other cities are the same, I don’t always get to study all of the other places the same way.  Old and new, color, design and style all mooshed together for us to wonder about, and live with.  And transportation.  Cars, trucks, trains, buses, bikes, scooters.  Man made canyons and tunnels and bridges and roadways.  We do have a train system for commuting, but not an underground subway, ……..yet.  It has been suggested, but not accepted.   We do have tunnels under the city, but on further study, these were shanghai tunnels.  You know, the ones used to get kidnapped, unsuspecting people to ships to become unwilling sailors (or whatever).   I haven’t braved that tour yet.  I find the shapes and designs and patterns to be interesting, and the more I see them, the better they get.  I must be getting old.   I discovered that the bridge image has five bridges visible.  The window washers, the construction guys, the colors, the people, the bridges, the patterns and the colors, the cars.  Enjoy!

 


One Last Shot

I think I lost track somewhere along the line.  I’ll try this road anyway.  I seem to be good at taking rabbit trails, doesn’t seem to matter where I am.  I will try and make this the last edition of the New Mexico scenery, it is likely getting used up.  Some of it looks used up if your there.  I have mentioned before that the old Route 66 runs right through the middle of Tucumcari.  It seems there are still a few of us who remember the old highway from the TV shows and the news,  probably from real life if you had the opportunity to travel any or all of it.  You can still do that, at least in parts.  I know that not all of it in New Mexico is still in tact enough to travel all of it. You have to zig and zag the road and the main highway to cover the bits of that are left.  There are numerous motorcycle tours that still travel as much of it as you can, not just here but the whole length of it.  It does still have its draw.  The images I have put up this week are of some of the buildings that they try to keep within the appearance of what they once were when it was so popular.  It is great to see some of the artwork and the creativity to keep the spirit going.  And if you remember the TV shows of that time, you may remember “Rawhide”.  They had a reunion of the old cast members as I am told it was filmed in the area.  There were banners advertising  “Clint Eastwood slept here”  and all sorts of fun things.  And this is only a small portion of the paintings.  Enjoy!


NM edition 2

I have a few more images from New Mexico that I will share this week.  In way of explanation, some continue to show the wide open spaces that the folks in New Mexico enjoy; maybe to some that would be endure.  They are really wide open.  Where you are can be miles from anywhere, but there will be a small settlement of some sort out in what might be called the middle of nowhere.  Somewhat like the old cowboy movies where the fella ride into this tiny 5 or 6 building establishment.  I often wondered as we were driving along, what the first people thought when they wandered into this territory.  “How far do we go?”  “Where do we go from here?”  “What is over those mountains?”  “Should we move on?”   We drove through areas that took hours by car, let alone how long it would have been on a horse or a wagon.  I am impressed by what those  early settlers accomplished.  You can still drive for hours and encounter only a handful of cars.  Sometimes none at all.  A very interesting place for sure.  We were able to go to the Blackwater Draw site, where they are digging fossils and bones and skeletons of many creatures.  The museum shows some of their specimens.  We did accomplish this year what we tried to do last year, to visit the graveyard in what used to be Dawson, New Mexico.   My wife has relatives buried there, and we were able to locate their graves for our genealogy records.  The panoshot is from Dawson, what is left of it.  I think I mentioned last week that it used to be town of around  9000. (note:  I’m getting various guesstimates on the total – I don’t know the correct amount)    Interesting history, check it out.  After the mine collapse in the twenty’s (1923 +/-), the town  sort of dissolved, then shut down around 1950 when the mines were shut down.  The other images are similar to last week and last years images in that it shows how wide open everything is.  And we were only in the northeast corner of the state.  And of course, Route 66 travels through the state.