Oregon Coast Sunset, Samuel Boardman Scenic Byway
Samuel H. Boardman, born in Lowell, Massachusetts was the state of Oregon’s first state parks superintendent in 1929. He was charged with protecting timber along state highways and with expanding the Oregon State Parks System. Boardman retired from the state parks system in 1950. During his tenure, acreage in Oregon’s park system expanded from 4,000 acres to 66,000 acres and the total number of parks in the system increased from 46 to 181. Amongst the properties acquired by Boardman during his tenure included what would become Silver Falls State Park, as well as the string of parks that would become the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor and numerous parks in the Columbia River Gorge.
Boardman used a passion for the natural world, an tireless work ethic and a commitment to the state of Oregon to help accumulate many of the state park properties for which Oregon is cherished. The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a 12 mile long stretch of the Southern Oregon Coast which starts 3 miles north of the coastal town of Brookings and ends 15 miles north of Brookings. This stretch of the Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful stretches of America’s magical Pacific Coast. Some of the highlights of the Samuel H Boardman corridor include Arch Rock, Thunder Rock Cove, Natural Bridges, Indian Sands, Whaleshead Viewpoint, and the Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint. All of these special stops are rugged, beautiful representatives of Oregon’s coast which were preserved in part by Samuel Boardman.
This stunning new landscape photograph, “Oregon Coast Sunset” is a wonderful representative of the beauty of the Oregon Coast. This photograph was captured at a small public beach which is largely anonymous despite the fact that it is absolutely stunning. I captured this image with my large format film camera which allows me to make extremely large and intricately detailed fine art prints of this image. My wife Debbie and daughter Emma ate a picnic dinner and played on the beach while I quietly and thoughtfully composed this Oregon Coast Sunset.