We spent the day yesterday at Pacific City, Oregon, parked on the beach behind the Pelican Brewery. The Pelican has amazing west-coast microbrew, and some of the best clam chowder and mahi-mahi tacos I’ve ever had. We sat and took in the few, wandered up the dunes to scout for the evening, and generally dried out. My jeans have been so wet I’ve been worried about growing moss on them, so the sunshine after a couple days of straight rain, has been welcome.
This trip is beginning to settle into a rhythm of daily tasks. There are few things I enjoy more than waking to the cool dawn on a beach or mossy forest as we did this morning at Beverly Beach State Park, putting the coffee on and busying myself with essential things, sitting and listening to the silence.
Dave Delnea traveled with my to Iceland this year and we’ve got more adventures coming. He’s an easy-going travel companion who can make a mean cup of coffee and he doesn’t cross the imaginary (but very real) line in the tent, so what more could you want? 🙂 I find shooting with Dave inspiring, and a little unusual in the sense that we collaborate but don’t pursue even remotely the same kind of photographs these days.
The big surprise for me so far is the use I’ve got from my iPhone 4 camera, which is so much better than previous models that I’m using it as much, or more than, my D3s. I love the simplicity and the forced constraints of one lens. Makes me want to get my hands on the new Fuji x100. I think what I love is the way such a simple camera forces me to think about the frame and the moment and nothing else.
Right now it’s the moments that matter, whether I have a camera or not. I’m collecting moments because it’s truly all we have in life – moments with loved ones, moments of peace, or struggle, or personal challenge. But life is lived in the moment, not the past or the future. I’m trying to purge from my vocabulary the words, “I can’t wait until…” and simply enjoy the moments I am in. Like I said, they’re all we have.
PS. I’ve received so many emails from readers offering me tips and a place to stay, and wifi has been scarce at times, so please forgive me if I rolled through your part of town before getting your email, or if I just didn’t reply. Please know how grateful and humbled I am by the generosity. If you see Jessie as we roll through town, please flag us down.