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Stop to Smell the Wildlife

If I’m going to oogle at the wildlife, on our way to church, I need to start out earlier.

Bald Eagle
The Eagle Has Landed!

It’s not MY fault a bald eagle landed across the river from our house!  It IS, however, Don’s fault for telling me about it.

He’s feeling under the weather so he wasn’t going with me.  But that didn’t mean he was going to take the photos.  hahaha

snap, snap, snap, snap, gotta go – I’ll look at them later!

Bald Eagle eyeing the river
Bald Eagle eyeing the river

The eagle looked up and down that clear Alsea River.

If looks could kill
Bald Eagle eyeing our backyard birds and chipmunks

Uh oh!

Tidewater Elk
The fence is to keep the elk out, not in

I have gotten into a pretty good habit to pack my camera with me everywhere.

However, I specifically do NOT take my camera with us to church, for this very reason:  I’d be late everytime.

Life is full of hard choices.  We have to strike a balance. 🙂

Elk Huddle
Elk Huddle

I was pleasantly surprised, though, when the herd was still there when I came home today.  (By the way, I was on time.)

It’s not often that they are within walking distance from our house so I was anxious to walk back with my camera.  I really didn’t want to take time to eat lunch but I asked Don if he felt like eating anything.  He first said, “No”, but then changed his mind.  So I fixed myself a sandwich and he looked at me like I’d deserted him.  Then I remembered he’d wanted soup. 🙂  As I said, I was a little distracted by those elk.  So we finished lunch and I ran off to see if I could sneak up on the elk.  They startled as soon as they saw me.  I don’t know if it was me or the sound of the boat in the river or both that made them get up and move.  Next time I’ll wear my camo, instead of chartreuse, coat.

Steelhead Fishing in Alsea Tidewater
Steelhead Fishing in Alsea Tidewater

The Alsea has been at a nice level and color for fishing for about a week now.

Tidewater Ripples
Alsea tidewater at a great level for steelhead fishing

It’s nice to see the ripples back.  They disappear, of course, when the water is high.

I’m enjoying it for now because I know the other rainboot will eventually drop.

Weather Outside is Frightful

A good time to watch from inside a warm home.

Muddy Alsea River
December Driftwood on the Alsea River

There is a steady stream (no pun intended) of trees and driftwood on the Alsea today.  It’s almost like it’s intentional.  I did see one freshly cut tree with all its branches and the cut was showing above the water.

Fortunately, the drift-boaters know to stay off the river on days like this.

Snowing Hard All Morning
Snowing Hard All Morning

 We had planned on going into town today.  But our friends let us off the hook.

Deer Feeding Across the Driveway
Deer Feeding Across the Driveway

So we watched wildlife.

Alsea River Snowman
Alsea River Snowman

played in the snow…

Elk Running
Reindeer (or Elk) Running

and watched more wildlife.

The elk were funny to watch.  Something spooked them and the first ones stopped.  The rest ’bout rear-ended them before they got stopped.

Back the other way
Back the other way

Half of them started running back from where they’d come.

Wondering or Wandering?
Wondering or Wandering?

When they saw the others weren’t following, they turned back around and rejoined them.

I’m SO grateful for the blessing of a warm home!  And the additional blessing of such a beautiful view!!!

Snow for the Elk Hunt

A little bit of snow helps track the elk, right?  Elk hunters are using Blackberry Campground as a base camp this week.  This snow is what was left, Saturday about noon, from Friday night.  Of course, if elk hunting doesn’t work out, you can always fish.  Blueback are in the Alsea River up to the campground.

Blackberry Campground Snow

We’ve even got some elk hunters staying in Tillicum.  The snow came behind the stormfront that really rocked Tillicum Beach. Storm-watching campers started coming in last Wednesday. Thursday was a fun night!  The wind started again last night.  (We use Verizon broadband for our internet and the signal strength is highly volatile during storms.  I may not get anymore pix loaded until that cell tower quits blowing around.)  The high seas are pulling some of the sand away from the north stairway at Tillicum Campground.  I’m even seeing the big stumps, coming out of the sand, that are just north of the campground.  Maybe we’ll start seeing some agates!?

Tillicum - Beach Access - North

It’s a lot warmer when the skies are overcast.  But Sunday morning the skies were clear and the walk on the beach was like walking on concrete; the sand was frozen solid!  It did soften up soon after the sun hit it though.  The fog cloud over Yachats is pretty.  Although it looks like snow, that is seafoam in the foreground.

Fog over Yachats

The wind and waves are bringing in some interesting “flotsam”.  Broad definition of flotsam: floating debris.  I decided this one was too big for our float display wall.  It didn’t have a rope on it either so it probably would have just blown away.  I watched it for a little bit to see which direction the waves would take it.  It travelled south on the beach for a little ways. I went back in the afternoon to see where it was and it was totally gone.  I’m guessing someone had a place for it in their yard.

Tillicum Beach Flotsam

Workamping Note: It’s a challenge to keep firewood dry in this kind of weather.  As it gets light, this morning, I can see that our firewood tarp is gone. 😦   Challenge for the day: find the tarp and get it back over the firewood before it takes ME to the next county.  Oh, by george, there’s a camper missing too.  They were in one of those primo sites overlooking the ocean (site 17 if you’ve been here).  Maybe the winds got to them too?  I’ll keep an eye out for them when I go looking for the tarp 🙂