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I know I don’t have the highest vocabulary but I don’t usually have to look up the word for the Weekly Photo Challenge…until today.

It’s juxtaposition.  So here’s my photo:

out of tiny cones grow mighty trees

I was stuck at the computer for most of the day; keeping an eye out for any wildlife to chase after with my camera.  There was an eagle but he flew by too fast.

Common Merganser
Common Merganser

When I finally walked outside I couldn’t come back in!  It was almost 60 degrees today!  I heard it was 70 on the beach!

Merganser Patterns
Merganser Patterns

The patterns this merganser is making in the water match the patterns on his back.

I went for a walk but the only wildlife I saw were people working in their yards.  Everyone seems to be taking advantage of the June-like weather we’re having in the northwest this month.  We’ll pay for it somehow I’m sure.  Some already are:

It’s unusual for the humidity to be this low too.  My gage says 66% but it was lower earlier in the day.

Please be extra cautious with your campfires.

Storm Warning – Oregon Coast

Batten down the hatches and hold onto your hats!

high wind and wave warnings
High wind/wave warnings

The first storm of 2014 is on us and seas are expected to reach near 30 feet.  That means 30 feet from the trough to the crest.  I wouldn’t want to be on the ocean in a boat smaller than an oceanliner…but that’s just me.

But this is what we storm-watchers have been waiting for.  Gusts up to 70mph!  Here’s the storm warning.

Tillicum Beach campers (between Waldport and Yachats) should be rockin’ and rollin’ tonight!  You might want to roll up your awning.  (just tryin’ to be funny)

Saturday morning’s high tide will be 8.1.  That, added with the high seas, will probably mean the waves will crash up into the stairwells.  Wait for low tide to walk the beach 🙂

Serious tips for those who aren’t familiar with the Oregon Coast:

Don’t stand on rocks near the waves.  Sneaker waves are much larger than normal waves and come unexpectedly.  Rocks are slippery, making it very hard to escape the wave by the time you realize it’s larger.  It only takes a few inches of water with the force of the wave to knock you off your balance.

Keep a safe distance from the ocean.

Never turn your back on the ocean.

A wide, sandy, beach is the best place for a beach walk.  Tillicum Beach Campground sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean.  Oceanfront sites are great for storm watching.  Some electric sites also have ocean views depending on your rig.

Read more about Tillicum Beach Campground.