Heidi turned 9 recently. We celebrated with another family by spending the day at the beach. It was perfect. First of all, Cape Kiwanda is one of the prettiest spots on the Oregon Coast. If you haven’t been, go! The big sand dune is irresistible. I saw a man with a cane trudge all the way to top. If he can make it, anyone can make it. Also, everyone who went to the top couldn’t resist running all the way down. I saw people from every size, shape, and age slowly make it to the top and then run down when they were done with the view.

What’s funny is that even though it’s Heidi’s special day, I didn’t really get an amazing shot of her. But to prove that it really was about her that day, I’ll start off with a photo of her.

Cape Kiwanda - Oregon Coast - Photographer

This doesn’t really show the view, because of the bokeh. It feels like you’re on top of the world at the top of the dune.

Cape Kiwanda - Oregon Coast - Photographer - awesome view

It’s kinda steep. That inspires jumping.

Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast

Judah jumps his own way.

Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast

Group leaping is even better.

Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - leapfrog down a sand dune
Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - leapfrog down a sand dune
Playing on the dunes - Children

Signs like this crack me up. It makes me want to do whatever it says not to do.

Children

She’s got amazing form.

Playing on the dunes - Children

This place is just amazing. Just off to the right, outside of the frame, were two photographers crawling around on their knees, with their cameras on tripods trying to capture the colors. In fact, there were photographers everywhere around there that day.

Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda
Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda

All manner of critters were found, including hermit crabs.

Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda
Playing on the dunes - Family photographer - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda
Children playing in the sand - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda

The rocks were kinda blue. I made them stop for a portrait.

Children playing in the sand - Oregon Coast - Cape Kiwanda - headshot
Family photography - Oregon Coast

There was no wind that day and the sun was warm (until it hid behind the Cape).

Family at the beach - fire on the beach - sunset - Cape Kiwanda - Oregon Coast

Soccer.

Cape Kiwanda - Oregon Coast sunset - playing soccer on the beach

See what I mean about photographers? There’s one out on the rocks and also, a bride and groom were launching lanterns into the sky. Lacey, who has been alive all of 7 years, told us that the day at the beach for Heidi’s birthday was the “best ever” birthday that Heidi has ever had. I would agree.

Cape Kiwanda - Oregon Coast sunset - playing soccer on the beach

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