Storm on Central Oregon Coast In August of 2008, BeachConnection.net happened to be bumming
around Newport when a massive thunder storm hit the central coast. It
actually all began with some scary experiences in Depoe Bay that involved
flashes visible out at sea, as a couple of us were having dinner at a
Then, on the way back to Newport, a stop at an overlook
near Boiler Bay turned into a mad dash for the car, as thunder and lightning
all of a sudden began swirling around us.
It became clear throughout the evening that the storm was
moving in circles around the central coast. You could see it – and
hear it – rumbling and flashing in almost all four directions around
us, eventually passing straight over us.
At one point, we were in Moby Dick’s, doing karaoke,
as massive flashes erupted out on the street and enormous thunder noises
were masked only by the loud sound system. It was insane to observe.
Eventually, when it calmed a bit, a couple of us wandered
out to the high points just below the Yaquina Bay Bridge – when
it seemed unlikely we would get zapped by lightning even with a small,
metallic tripod. We filmed a few flashes and they got a nice reception
for a few days on the web.
Flash at Sunset This one took bundles of work. The “film” rather
explains itself. It took a few takes on different dates, and in fact better
still shots were eventually taken several months later, which didn’t
make it to this film (but are on BeachConnection.net).
Essentially, the green flash is the result of all the color
bands except the green being taken out by certain atmospheric conditions.
It’s a kick in the pants to see – and even cooler to actually
catch on video or still shots.
I’ve personally seen it numerous times – at
least ten. The most notable was one in Depoe Bay on July 3 of 2008. Wow,
it was a killer that freaked even my coastie pals who’d lived there
all their lives.
Moments on the Oregon Coast Portland band Jonah fit this idea like a glove, with their
anthemic song that had a rather oceanic feel to it, not to mention many
references in the lyrics. They’ve had some tunes on TV, by the way,
including “Dawson’s Creek” several years ago and in
CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer.”
This has become by far the most popular video we’ve
done, although it’s really just a collection of stills.
I’ve been collecting coastal moments and shots since
the mid-90’s, and there’s been tons of odd things I’ve
encountered in all sorts of ways and been lucky enough to document. Adorable
seal pups, strange cloud formations, hidden spots you can’t get
to anymore, low tide events, rare wildlife moments, and simply unusual
views of things, details and happenings. And then there’s that giant
dog that’s bigger than anything in Cannon Beach.
coastie left a comment on YouTube that maybe this wasn’t so unusual
after all, that indeed many residents would be used to these sights. That’s
likely true of quite a few moments depicted here, but they don’t
realize what’s happening in many of these stills. Not only are there
many secret spots on the Oregon coast – there are secret moments,
hiding in plain sight.
An interesting tidbit is that several of the Lincoln City
and Depoe Bay shots were taken during the bachelor party of Henry Curl
back in 2003 – he’s the lead singer of Jonah.
Coast December 07 Storm Who can forget that melee? Well, coasties can forget it
less than landlubbers – or those of us who live on the coast part
time, and had to watch the insanity rip up our beloved beach on TV.
I was stuck in Portland during the first few days, but
the minute the roads were open, I zipped over and documented Seaside,
Cannon Beach and Manzanita. It was surprising to find most people in such
good spirits, actually getting a kind of kick out of the novelty of it
Remnants of that storm still exist today along Highway
26, where parts will never look the same with massive tree root systems
torn up and facing the highway in spots.
Ironically, I took some grand footage of Cannon Beach and
Seaside just a week before the big storm of 2007, where it was sunny,
gorgeous, and even somewhat warm before the sun began waning. What a difference
a week makes on that coast. And just a few days, it was eerily calm and
beautiful again – absolutely intoxicating.
Coast Fall Storm, Magic Rocks Beach Ironically, this was taken about a month before the big
storm of 2007. It wasn’t a massive storm, by any means. But big
waves made lots of noises on this always unusual and very hidden beach.
A beer commercial was filmed in this area in the 90's.
I never tire of these funk noises made by the cobblestones.
Story on Oregon Coast It was here in this hotel in Wheeler where I first learned
of strange paranormal legends and the freaky concept of the “Wheeler
Moment,” where strange but beautiful coincidences seem to happen
constantly (like something out of the show “LOST”).
This was admittedly a raw and early experiment with my
video direction, and I sound like I’m doing a bad Vincent Price
impression, among other flaws. But it gets the point across, and I love
Keith Schreiner’s music (he was half of Dahlia, a famed Portland
band from the early 2000’s). He’s like our own version of
I had my own odd Wheeler Moment filming this. I’d
always wanted to get publicity for the website in Sunset Magazine. And
as I was filming there, it just so happened there was a writer from that
mag staying there, doing a story. I told her about the Wheeler Moment
concept, and she suddenly realized she’d had her own already that
A year later, when her article came out, it included a
nice little reference to BeachConnection.net. A Wheeler Moment fulfilled
Tour of Manzanita, North Oregon coast I had bundles of fun creating this, although it was a bit
of an experiment. Taking all sorts of very raw footage of Manzanita on
a rather dreary day created the need for some more upbeat, sunny still
shots, and some pics of unusual stuff in the area that involved long hikes
I didn’t feel like engaging in. Luckily, I already had dozens and
dozens of shots of MZ (as we call it).
Again, Keith’s tunes worked perfectly for this. Something
about electronica and the beach just go together.
Miles of Oregon Coast in Four Minutes There’s a lot of hidden spots in here – a lot
of places many people don’t know about. I purposely avoided many
of the typical views of the coast. There is only one faint shot of Cannon
Beach’s Haystack Rock, because everyone uses it. Seaside got a bundle
of aerial views because everyone knows it too well. So chunks of the shoreline
of Tillamook Head – never accessible or viewable except by air –
are used instead.
Someday, I will literally point my camera out the car and
whiz by all these spots, and then put them in a video. But for now, these
nearly 200 stills will do. I do not believe anyone has done this before
for the Oregon coast. I don’t know of anyone else who could have.
This is a first.
Yet again, the electronica thing works exceptionally
well for such a vid. Jonah fit the bill so nicely.