waves of sand

Digging in archives for the time being since I’m not allowed to put much, if any, weight on the right foot. The “hardware removal” from the ankle seems to have gone well, but the first night was hell with nausea from the sedative they administered. You know it’s bad when some really, really good chocolate ice cream comes back up almost immediately! Or is that TMI???

I’m opting to turn comments back on because I miss them, but you may have to excuse me if I don’t do much replying since it’s weird trying to elevate the foot for any length of time while I sit at the computer.

Onward… I was digging back through archives to come up with anything worth posting. This was a shot at Seven Devils. A lovely very uncrowded beach because it’s a bit off the beaten path. I never know what it’s going to look like until I get there.


May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. 
Edward Abbey

a wildfire sunset

I imagine everyone has been hearing about the wildfires out west here. For those of you who missed it, I shut my comments option down because I was feeling pressured and guilty for struggling to reply to comments. Life just got too complicated moving out two sets of renters and cleaning up after them -just for starters. Then there’s a minor operation coming up in a few days. The doctors are calling it “removing hardware”!  Translation is that they’re removing the screws that were put in my ankle some five years ago when I shattered said ankle. 

Don’t know how long (or if) I’ll be restricted from walking on the beach, so I finally made the time to head out to see what the smoke was doing to the sunset. Just minutes before this shot, the sun was a rather eerie orange, but I liked this one best as it sinks into the marine layer (aka fog).


 Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum. 
Kurt Vonnegut

love letters in the sand…

I have no idea what causes these delicate drawings or patterns, but I think they’re wonderful.


Sure seems like some tiny creatures are trying to communicate with us.


Wish I had thought to include a coin or something for a sense of scale.


The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw, Leadership Skills for Managers

sea, rocks and a bit of fog

Back to the previous trip south, the same overlook that I’ve now identified as Rocky Point.


There’s something about Port Orford where the fog seems to drift in and around the points quite often. If you look closely, there’s a guy taking a shot of the ocean and a pair of humans walking the beach (waaaay out there).


I guess this might be why it’s called Rocky Point…


A bit to the south, we hiked down to the beach. I think that might be Rocky Point at the horizon. Lots of bleached and weathered driftwood at this particular beach. But most of all, there’s that fog creeping around the point. A perfect day. Not too hot and plenty of lovely clouds.

Life seems to be interfering with blogging lately, so I’m going to try shutting down comments until perhaps I catch up with myself. This might also mean less comments at the blogs I visit, though I hope to grab a peek and scatter some ‘likes’. I know my posts have been sporadic and will probably continue to be so. Thanks for visiting!

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Myers Beach

Wishing and hoping those clouds bring some very much needed rain….


Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by 
J.R.R. Tolkien

South Coast

Didn’t pay much attention to exactly where we were, but I’m pretty sure this was south of Port Orford… the clouds were doing magical things. The fog crept in around Port Orford.

Oh goodness. My 1,000th post! O_o


Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful. 
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Proud of Portland

I don’t often do political posts here at the blog, but I am so very, very proud of these activist ‘kids’ that I felt compelled to post this:

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Of course Shell oil ultimately won this skirmish, but these activists held up the ship headed to Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling effort for 36 hours. Some dangled from a bridge over the Willamette River while kayaks attempted to block access from on the river. Here’s a link if you want to read more details.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. 
Elie Wiesel

Not sure how this will work, but here’s an addendum from a new reporter at the Portland newspaper The Oregonian: If the Rachel Maddow segment comes through with a link to it, it’s well worth watching.

Here is the update that I promised all of you last night. I’m sharing with you a clip of the Rachel Maddow Show describing our efforts to block Shell Oil’s icebreaker ship, the Fennica, from reaching the Arctic for as long as possible. At 14:04 in the video Rachel interviews Oregonian reporter Jessica Greif who very accurately describes something that happened to me: the police and coast guard pulling activists out of their kayaks and into their ships for detainment or arrest when they wouldn’t stop trying to block the ship.
I was one of those activists who refused to move out of the way of shell’s ship and was physically pulled out of the water. I was sure that I was going to be arrested. Instead I was detained, along with six others, by the U.S. Coast Guard and released with no charges.
We were lucky. Many of our fellow peaceful protesters were arrested and we are now trying to raise money to help them with the legal fees and charges. Please, please consider donating whatever amount you can (big or small) to help the people who literally risked their safety to save our futures. Many of you offered to help me pay for bail should I have been arrested and it meant the world to me to have your support. Please consider helping my kayactivist friends instead. Donate here: https://portlandrisingtide.org/donate/
Global climate change is arguably the biggest issue of our time and it was an honor and a pleasure to be able to do something large and spectacular about it. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS THAT YOU AND I CAN CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. (In no particular order.)
1. Call or write Senator Merkley and thank him for leading the call on the White House to rescind shell oil company’s arctic permit.
2. Stop buying from Shell.
(I realize that the other oil companies are awful as well, but by making the switch to a different oil company we can send all of them a very clear message: that we are fed up with the destruction and devastation caused by their actions.)
3. Ride your bike to work! Use public transportation! Reduce the amount of trips you make to the gas station all together. Your investment will speak volumes when combined and multiplied with all of our actions
4. Sign petitions: http://tiny.cc/lu190x
5. Remember the actions of the various elected officials in our area who stood against the people of Portland on this issue and be sure to vote against them in the coming elections.
Jessica Greif, reporter for The Oregonian, talks with Rachel Maddow about the dramatic, and physically dangerous confrontation between protesters in kayaks and…
(sorry, but the youtube link starts out with an ad)

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

The dunes extend for forty miles along the central Oregon Coast. There’s a lot of ATV activity in places, but also some sedate little lakes for calmer enjoyment.


The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. 
Jean-Paul Sartre

Bandon Sunset


Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day. 
Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

more beach birds

Not exactly sure of which ones, but I suspect these little guys are some sort of sandpiper.Seven_Devils-4714

A closer look…


I’m off for a “procedure” that I’m not looking forward to…. hope everything comes out alright. :D

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
Virginia Woolf


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