3rd - 20th September 2009
Cost: £1,795 (Plus flights)
Pacific States of Oregon and Washington are often overlooked when
people visit the United States. Yet these Pacific States offers
some of the finest photography to be found in North America and
numbers amongst its attractions some unique photographic opportunities.
Photoventures tour will include a wide variety of locations from
the fabulous rolling corn fields of the Palouse to the wild and
rugged coast of Oregon. With such a wide variety of terrain, landscape
and geographical features to be found in this area there will be
an unrivalled opportunity to capture many great images.
The tour begins in Portland, Oregon and we follow
the Columbia River east into Washington State and golden hills of
the Palouse. The tour is planned to coincide with the end of the
harvest when the landscape is at it best with a mix of golden corn
and ploughed fields. This mix on the undulating landscape offers
unique landscape possibilities. From the Palouse we head into Oregon
crossing the Columbia River and into Hells Canyon that overlooks
the Snake River. From there we cross the high plains of Oregon stopping
to photograph the unique John Day Fossil Beds before we reach Crater
Lake, a fantastic volcanic cone that contains the bluest of blue
lakes. We then travel the Northern California Coast at Crescent
City to photograph the coast Redwoods.
Our journey then takes us north along the length
of the very exciting Oregon Coast. We will visit Pistol River and
Gold Beach to enjoy the coastal photography found here. Then it
is on to Bandon perhaps the most beautiful of the Oregon towns.
Here we can photograph the jagged rocks that rise from the Pacific
as the sun sets over the ocean. We will of course have ample time
to visit the surrounding area. North from here the coast gives way
to high dunes and green meadows before we arrive at the famous Cannon
Beach. With its giant haystack rocks jutting from the ocean just
offshore it is perhaps the most iconic of Oregon’s beaches.
Of course we will visit Ecola State Park to capture the marvellous
vistas along this wild coastline that was created as part of the
Pacific Rim of Fire.
This will be
a tour full of variety and photographic opportunity in an area that
offers so much but is undiscovered by many photographer and visitors
to the United States.
current tour prices reflect the huge drop in the exchange rate of
the US Dollar as of November 2008. Should the exchange rate improve
in the future then tour prices will be reduced accordingly.