My wife, daughters, and I had the opportunity for a brief visit to the Oregon coast right after Christmas and it had been raining more or less constantly. On our last day, Sunday, the rains had been coming in fits and starts, punctuated by short breaks in the cloud cover.
We decided to go to Ecola State Park, just outside Cannon Beach, to see if we might spot some whales during the peak of their migration from Canada to Mexico. The view from the lookout point at Ecola rivals any along the Pacific coast from Washington to California.
We didn't spot any whales, but I had the opportunity to capture some nice images between cloudbursts. During one such break, diffused shafts of sunlight penetrated the gray mist, illuminating Haystack Rock in the distance. I composed the frame and started shooting. At one point a flock of sea birds flew into the frame for a fleeting second or two; as providence would have it, I was able to capture them in the image below. It is one of my very favorite photographs.