DRAIN, OREGON – We left the Oregon coast early, driving back up the Umpqua River. The light was beautiful at about 10:00 so I stopped and photographed. Another small town: Drain, Oregon. No kidding on the name. Dale Allyn informed me that his dad was at one point the oldest living resident of Drain; that Drain, Oregon is the only town named Drain in North America; and that it’s named after Charles and Anna Drain, not the lowest point in a bathtub.
UMPQUA HIGHWAY, OREGON – A travel day. Lovely fading light found me in Oregon driving on the Umpqua Highway (which follows the Umpqua River from Drain to Reedsport). But the road had no shoulders and no turnouts so I drove for miles looking for a safe place to stop with a view across the river to something – caught with a long lens. I don’t ordinarily shoot long lenses; I don’t care for the flattened perspective and I never seem to get much of interest from them. This image was made with two overlapping frames stitched together on the computer. Thus the square format.