OK, so this does look a bit dark and dreary, but as long as there’s no biting cold wind it’s rather pleasant. At least I think so.
The tide was out, but the beach was still pretty wet. Plenty of beach to walk on if you had boots or didn’t mind getting your feet wet.
Some of the water was coming from this darling waterfall.
Some images from the tide pools. The shot with the orange sea star was out of the water because of the low tide. The green anemones curl in upon themselves when they’re not submerged, but open up to look like pretty flowers when under water – as in the second image. Those lovely looking “flowers” are actually carnivorous.
I found a tiny starfish
In a tide pool by the sand.
I found a tiny starfish
And I put him in my hand.
An itty-bitty starfish
No bigger than my thumb,
A wet and golden starfish
Belonging to no one.
I thought that I would take him
From the tidepool by the sea,
And bring him home to give you
A loving gift from me.
But as I held my starfish,
His skin began to dry.
Without his special seaside home,
My gift for you would die.
I found a tiny starfish
In a tide pool by the sea.
I hope whoever finds him next
Will leave him there, like me!
And the gift I’ve saved for you?
The best that I can give:
I found a tiny starfish,
And for you, I let him live.
― Dayle Ann Dodds
It took a bit of searching, but thanks to some hints in Lynn’s post, we found the path down to the beach where we could walk into the “Punch Bowl”. It was a very low (minus) tide, so walking in there was possible.
I’ve seen some shots of this taken at high tide and it fills with water. Probably not up to the brim, but enough where I wouldn’t want to be caught in there as the tide came in.
Wandering a bit farther in.
Eric exploring and providing a sense of scale. He blends in a bit with the color scheme, so you might have to look closely. For an even closer look, there’s an orange starfish off to his right a bit.
For a bit more of a challenge and a better sense of the scale of this thing, find Eric in this shot. There’s also the hole where the water comes in (or perhaps just one of the openings.)
A closeup of the orange walls.
The Punch Bowl as seen from a distance. The bowl starts at the lowest end of the outcrop and extends to the ocean. There’s an overlook to see down into the bowl, but somehow I missed taking a shot while we were up there. I expect some of you will think this looks cold and dreary, but it was actually bracing and the kind of weather I enjoy.
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Toward the end of the day the sun managed to drop through the clouds to light up the water. Does anyone else see the heart shaped cloud? or perhaps it’s a backward “Q”, or a donut? Taken from the Otter Crest Loop near Cape Foulweather. It’s rare to see the sea so calm.
I had several new sightings of wildlife I hadn’t seen before. Even managed some shots of them.
click on any image for a better look and/or slideshow
Barely a mile from home at what has been nicknamed the high school swimming pool (actually a flooded field in winter) was my very first sighting of a Green Heron. Not sure what made him raise the top knot, but then he settled back down again. What an interesting little critter. He’s tiny compared to a Great Blue Heron.
Next at the campground where we stayed was a pair of Osprey buzzing around overhead. I very nearly caught a dive into the lake (which was very impressive), but it came out a blur. Eric went kayaking and had one dive into the lake just a few feet in front of him. Of course the camera wasn’t ready for that moment either.
Next up, this Raven wasn’t a new sighting by any means, but he posed so nicely that I just had to shoot him. ;)
Last, but definitely not least, my very first whale sighting. We had pulled off at the Heceta Head Lighthouse turnout and there below us was this marvelous creature. The images aren’t all that thrilling because most of the whale under water, but the moment certainly gave me thrills.
Can’t forget this one that Sissy found. Luckily she happened to be on a leash because she sure was anxious to get up close and personal:
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
― Albert Einstein
Quite a few wild flowers were in bloom in the forested areas along the coast. The most flagrant were the rhododendrons. Here’s a small slideshow of some I found on a recent hike. If anyone can add to the identification of those I didn’t know, I’d be grateful. (Mouse over for text.)
I didn’t recognize that last flower as being part of the carnivorous pitcher plant, luckily Eric captured a shot of it for me to add.
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
― John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril
Salal (Gaultheria shallon) grows rampant along the Pacific Northwest Coast. Its modern use runs more toward additions to floral arrangements. It produces berries that are edible (though not particularly yummy) and the natives used them for a variety of ailments. Two applications I could use at the moment would be as an appetite suppressant and a poultice to quiet the itching from various insect bites obtained while camping.
A few wonderful, fun filled days spent camping on the North Coast. A good time was had despite some heavily overcast skies. For a bit of perspective note the Coast Highway (US-101) going around the first point down below.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
― John Muir
One of my favorite spots at Coquille Point, where the cliffs and sea stacks come together with the waves to create beauty. For a sense of scale, look for the gulls a bit to the right of center, on the cliff tops. These things are huge.
Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring