a sense of scale

Cape Blanco is reported to be the westernmost point in the state. Wikipedia

Blanco-8858It’s a pretty impressive spot. I was lucky to catch some visitors in my shots this day to give a sense of scale to this impressive headland. Those points off in the distance might look like they’re sticking farther out, but that’s just a matter of the angle of view.


Looking down at this sea stack rock formation with the cooperative folks on the beach gave me another opportunity to provide an idea of just how huge these rocks can be.

You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 X 10^18 joules of potential energy—enough to explode with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything


40 thoughts on “a sense of scale

  1. Ah, another incredible view of the Oregon coastline…best in the world, as you show time and again. The second photo is fantastic, great perspective for it shows just how awe-inspiring mother nature can be.


    • Perhaps I’m spoiled, but Crater never really did it for me. It seems rather boring since you could likely walk all around the rim and have pretty much the same view. That’s just me. I’m truly glad you enjoyed it! Was it crowded with folks making the most of the weeks before Labor Day? Driving up and down the coast has been more crowded than usual. I will be glad to see the tail end of the summer. 😀

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      • It wasn’t real crowded, mainly the restaurant up at the lodge. For us, all the views were all breathtaking, no matter from where. We did take the trolley tour around the rim with the park guide, and stopped various places. We didn’t have too long this trip, so we got the lay of the land for coming back later. Mount Lassen is also on our list.

        Coastal traffic on 101 always seemed at its worst mainly on one section. We would cut over from I-5 at Grants Pass and pick up 101 at the end of that. I can’t remember the name of the nearby town, but there was some kind of construction going on further down where the road came closer to the water. It has been awhile since I’ve been down that way.

        Yes, summer heat seems finally at an end here, and I am glad for that. 🙂


    • Thanks, Charlie. It’s all here waiting for you, but it might take more than those few moments. Just another couple of weeks and many of the tourists will be gone, leaving many of the beaches nearly deserted and the weather gets better, too (except for the occasional storms to add a touch of excitement!) 🙂


    • I’ve had quite a few trips along the best part of the coast (IMHO) because of the commute from the old house to the new, but also too darned busy to spend much time enjoying it. One of these days hopefully I’ll get to enjoy the beach since we’ll be living less than three miles from the ocean. I’m hoping life settles down a bit at some point.


    • Thanks, Kate… and so much less crowded than yours. I’ve been reading your posts and sending soothing vibes your way, but haven’t commented because I suspect you have enough on your hands as is. Hoping they get those fires under control soonest. We had record breaking heat up here just yesterday. It’s hard to imagine the stuff you’re going through right now.


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