September 9Tonight was the opening for a group show at Emerald Art Center in Springfield Oregon, where I have 2 prints one the walls. It is pretty rare when I get to attend an opening, so I was looking forward to it. This is the first time the Arts Center has sponsored a photo based exhibit, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The judges were all from local colleges and I didn’t know any of them. Still, having two hanging in the show, I hoped for the best.Springfield, I guess, is best known for perhaps being the town The Simpsons is based on. They only seem to play it up a little. There is lots of public art in the form of murals all over the downtown area. We had a little fun with them before the opening.This was the Friday night art walk in town, with another photography show at city hall around the block from the Arts Center, and a few other open galleries downtown. There was a nice turnout for the show at Emerald, and the quality of the work was quite good overall. These kinds of open call shows are often really uneven, but there was some other really nice work. Unfortunately my prints didn’t garner any awards this time.After we left the opening, we found a local brewhouse and split a burger and huge plate of calamari. A couple of good drafts, and we were good to go – back to our cozy Lazy Daze. Down the street from the brewhouse, we found one happy Pope, celebrating Friday no doubt.Florence Area
Sunday, September 11It was smooth drive out to the coast from Eugene and nothing fell off the RV. We arrived in Florence on Saturday around mid-day at Heceta RV Park. Nothing special here, except it’s a couple of miles away from the road and near the beach. In fact, we soon took the short 1/4 mile walk to the beach for a late afternoon stroll. The wind was up and so were the kites.It was a nice way to stretch out the kinks.On Sunday, we were up and out early to check out the dunes. Getting out early seems to be the only way to get some fog into our pictures. There wasn’t much, but we found a spot or two to make photos. We moved down closer to the jetty and walked out on a small pier where folks were throwing out their crab pots. The gulls here were hoping for a scrap. From here we could watch the fishing boats heading out for the day. On the way to the dunes, as we were driving through town, Mary caught a glimpse of a tricked out hot rod. Se remembered seeing something about a car show in Old Town, so we went looking for it after the dunes. It didn’t take long and it was quite a show. No traditional paint jobs here and not just a little custom work done to these cars. After lunch, we headed north to the Heceta Lighthouse. This one is still operational, but not in great repair. The tour consisted of standing inside at the base of the tower and listening to the docent describe the daily routine of lighthouse life. Afterward, we wanted to check out the Cape Perpetua campground for a possible future stay. We also went up to the overlook – one of the best on the Oregon coast. At the City Hall show in Springfield, we saw a photo taken from this point at night and thought we might do the same a few day from now. This is the view we want to capture at night.
We headed back to camp, but stopped once more to photograph the Heceta Lighthouse from the overlook.