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Birds near Eckman Lake – Waldport, Oregon

Eckman Lake is full of birds.

But today I was watching on the bay side of Hwy 34.

Mallards at Eckman Lake
Bottoms Up!

There are usually mallards and geese in the tidal marsh.  We often see a heron here also.

Hawk flying over Alsea Bay
He looks FAST!

I watched a couple hawks over on the Alsea Bay.  I caught this hawk flying under the radar.

Lots of food here!

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Evidence

It’s truly hard NOT to find evidence of a loving God and Jesus Christ when you are outdoors!

Moonset behind Marine Layer
Moonset behind Marine Layer

Everytime the moon is full, I want to get a picture of it rising or setting because that is when it is at it’s most dramatic.  There are too many close trees to the east of me so my only chance, really, is to see it set.  However, although the ocean provides an unobstructive view of the western horizon, there is usually a “marine layer” that blocks the view.  This morning, as I was walking Shedaisy, I looked up and saw a tiny sliver of the moon as it was disappearing behind the top, pink, edge of the marine layer.   You guessed it.  Now why would I need my camera to walk Shedaisy?  When will I learn!?  When I got back with the camera the moon was gone but I could see the clouds moving.  So I waited it out.  Gotcha!  Thanks for guiding my feet Heavenly Father!

Table Moss
Table Moss

I really don’t want to be inside on my computer on a morning like this.  But I told a camper he could call me this morning and tell him if his favorite campsite is open.  I told him when to call and he’s LATE!  So, you might as well enjoy some of my photos with me.

Hawk in Tillicum Campground
Hawk in Tillicum Campground

Look at this cute little hawk.  I haven’t heard a squirrel all week!  Look at how his colors blend into the tree and his tail droops just like the moss hangs.  God’s creations are amazing!

Sun through the trees
Sun through the trees

Somedays any glimpse of the sun lifts the spirits!

Marine Layer on Tillicum Beach
Marine Layer on Tillicum Beach

Shedaisy and I got out to the beach for a minute before returning to wait by the phone.  Look at all the layers…in the cliffs and clouds!  How does He do it?  Beautiful!

Okay, the camper’s time is up!  I’m going for a walk!

Alamo Lake State Park, near Wenden, AZ

We had a really clear sunset last night.  The colors reflecting off the cliffs were incredible!
River Island SP Sunset
River Island SP Sunset

 This is a golf course near Parker, along the River Rd.  Looks like you could be a pretty crummy golfer and the ball would just roll back down the hill back onto the green. 🙂

Golf Course on the Parker Strip
Golf Course on the Parker Strip

We decided to see what Alamo Lake State Park looks like so we packed up camp.  We’ll head south on Hwy 95 to Parker, turn east on Hwy 72 until we hit Hwy 60.  Then we’ll turn left at Wenden, AZ.  It’s a couple hours drive by that route.

Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro Cactus

These Saguaro cacti were few and far between until we started climbing in elevation.  Some kinds of birds nest in those holes in the cactus.  We went over a 1900′ and a 2500′ pass to get to Alamo Lake State Park.  It was in the low 60’s today.  It is a little overcast this evening and, I think, the expected low is around 40F.

Alamo Lake State Park - Campground C
Alamo Lake State Park - Campground C

Campground C has electric and water hookups for $22/night.  There are about 40 sites here.  Campgrounds A and B also have some hookup sites.  They are closer to the lake but we liked the view from Campground C best.  The full hookup sites cost a little more but I can’t remember how much.  There are a lot of toy haulers with ATV’s out here.  The fishermen are talking about today’s catch of catfish and bass.

Our View of Alamo Lake
Our View of Alamo Lake - from Site 39

Here’s our view of Alamo Lake from site 39.  Our Verizon internet is picking up National Access on the Extended Network.  We have 3 bars but are only getting an average RX speed of about 40 – 70 kbps.  If it sounds like I know what I’m talking about, I don’t.  I’m just reading it off the VZAccess Manager window.  My point is that it’s not lightening speed but it’s doing the trick.  Some RV’s have their dish antennas out and one had a regular TV antenna up but we haven’t tried ours yet.

Scorpion or Tarantula holes?
Scorpion or Tarantula holes?

Don pointed out these holes under most of the bushes here.  He says they are scorpion holes.  I think they are tarantula holes :-}  Maybe they come out at night?  EEEeeeewwwww!!!! 

Hawk
Hawk

This little hawk scattered a bunch of little birds before he landed on the tree limb.  He sat there for 10 minutes, or so, while there was not a bird making a move or a sound.  Then he then took off after another small bird.  A few seconds later I saw a small bird flying towards me at lightening speed.  That hawk was right on his tail!  They were only a couple feet above me but I don’t think either one even noticed me.  They were pretty focused!