The Oregon coast from above

The Oregonian flew photographer Jamie Francis down to Brookings, a small town just north of the California border, to check out the tsunami damage there. Maximizing his travel time, he took photos from the air and put them together into a short video. I just got a rather large dose of homesickness watching this, since nearly every shot of a town or bridge is immediately recognizable. The lovely village I once lived in is featured at 1:28. (I can even see my old house.)

Mr. Francis points out that most of what he’s seeing is profoundly vulnerable to the same type of large-scale earthquake and tsunami that just befell Japan. This is a fact that every Oregon coastal resident is highly aware of; a major subduction zone runs along the entire coast, and has a regular history of catastrophic jolts. But the truth is that most of my home state was molded by either water or fire. Oregon is a place of geological violence — which is precisely why it’s so beautiful.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to The Oregon coast from above

  1. xenatuba says:

    You are so right on that! The bridges are most recognizable to me (the traveler, not the resident). I doubt that warnings will be heeded, however…

  2. Oregon is one of the most beautiful places (I’m biased because it’s my original home) in the world. It’s amazing when you think about how it became so gorgeous and the possibility that what may happen in the fairly near future can make it even more beautiful but will cause much devastation.

    I worried about the little bit of impact that the earthquake in Japan would have on my old home and the people I care for that are still there. But all Oregonians know that they live in such a place that could potentially “fall into the ocean” and most wouldn’t trade their safety for less beauty.

    Thank you for showing this video, it made me all kinds of homesick 🙂 and I’m thrilled to have found your blog as I’m a soon to be resident of Portugal as well as being an Oregon Expat.

    • oregon expat says:

      Congratulations on your choice of a new home! (Not to mention your good fortune in the original one. ;)) I hope you’ll come to love Portugal as much as I do…though you’re certainly moving here at an interesting time.

      • Oh I know! My husband is from Portugal and we wanted to move back there (I’ve never been) and have been planning this since last summer and had our plane tickets ready at the beginning of the year.

        It’s going to be interesting moving to a place that’s having some crazy politics (or lack of) going on.

  3. Stan says:

    That certainly is a very pleasant video to watch. ?Was your old home in Yachats? (Sort of looks like that city from the photo).

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