We had a meeting in Newport yesterday evening. So we did our favorite thing.
We ordered take-out from our favorite crab shack and went out to the South Jetty on Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon.
The loons had their beaks tucked into their wings for an after-dinner siesta.
There’s a variety of fishing to do on the Oregon coast.
The mergansers don’t care about the seagulls fighting over something. After this little tussle one chased the other away anytime he came anywhere close.
Then we watched a gull land in the water and pull up a crab in his beak. Then he dropped it and it was funny to watch him get it back. Seagulls are very buoyant. They cannot dive. He’d sort of jumped up so he could plop down lower in the water with his head shooting as low as he could get it under water to reach the crab. But it was like trying to push a beachball under water. He’d barely submerge a third of his body before he bounced back up. He finally got his catch to the sand. That crab was not ready to be eaten though! He’s going to pluck the seagull’s eyes out!
Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon. But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.
Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm. Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!
We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds. One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)
That photo is looking north over Bob Creek. We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.
Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point. I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.
We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.
All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.
Although I have noticed a few leaves beginning to change color, that’s not the change I’m noticing most at Tillicum Beach Campground.
The beach and the ocean also have seasonal changes. Weather patterns over the Pacific change which, in turn, change ocean patterns and winds whip up a froth.
I’m not sure if the ocean currents actually change but I know the swells are bigger. This causes the high tides to come up higher on the beach and it moves the sand around significantly. It should bring in more tsunami debris eventually.
I love it when the sun hits the white crests of the waves in the morning.
They shine like a bright light.
On a side-note: Rhetorical questions – How does a camera work? How can it capture water hanging in mid-air? I love photography!
As I was walking down to the beach, this evening, I met a camper coming back up the stairs. Never missing a step he said, in a dead-pan tone, “the ocean is gone”. I just giggled and kept walking. Silly man. I could still hear it so I knew he was lying.
See! I did find the ocean! And I even saw a seal…so there!
We’ve got minus tides this week. But take your lantern when you go clamming. Low tide tonight was about 8:25.
We had a torrential rainstorm last night. At least, that’s what they told me. I sleep pretty soundly. I know we had some pretty good showers all morning. But I managed to squeeze in a walk on the beach without getting too wet. I was covered in rubber from my head to my toes though. This is the size of an auto headlight. Maybe it’s a bus turn signal?
The phone started ringing at 8am this morning! What do they think this is, the office? Oh, I guess it is. I tell people we live at work. It’s kinda like working at home, only different.
Anyway, one of the phone calls was to open a gate for the people helping us cut down trees in Cape Perpetua Campground. So I drove down to let them in and couldn’t pass up the beauty overlooking Yachats as I came back.
I went ahead to Waldport to check the mailbox since I was already in the truck. The seals are spending more time at the mouth of the bay lately. There are cormorants mixed in with them. I thought that was a little unusual.
I think the 2 dark spots (that could be the eyes for the “man in the moon”) are the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Tranquility. My dad could tell me for sure. He spent a lot of time studying the moon in his career with NASA.
Tides on Tillicum Beach: highs are around 9 and lows are around -2
I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to put this into words today but I’ll try. It was one of those days that I wished I had hours to spend taking photos. However, our workamping duties took me away from the ocean, for most of the day, to do some training. By the way, to get the full effect, click on the photo to enlarge it.
The skies cleared and it turned cold overnight. A sneak down to take a peak at the ocean, before the sun hit the beach, revealed a frothy sea.
Another High Surf warning today but the winds died down last evening when the front finally passed over. High tide, in a couple hours, will be 8.8. The high surf will make this foam fly up into the campground. Look at what yesterday’s high seas brought me!
The Pacific keeps dropping bigger and bigger things on our doorstep. If the campers can maneuver the boulders to get to the beach, they can get around that root ball. So I guess I don’t have to try to move it. I stepped out onto a boulder to gaze for a while. I saw a guy sitting higher up on the rocks. We were far enough away that we knew we couldn’t hear each other over the roar of the waves. So we didn’t try to speak. I just hoped he knew the tide was coming in and he’d get wet if he didn’t move within the hour. I saw a big wave coming and thought, briefly, about moving back. I was pretty confident that I wouldn’t get wet where I was; and I didn’t. It sure was spooky watching the water wash around the rocks under my feet though. As soon as the water receded I stepped back onto the stairway.
He looks like he’s taking a bubble bath. Cute nickname, huh? It’s from the white stripe on his head.
He’s starting to lunge forward to dive. He was all alone this morning. I didn’t see any other wildlife but I only had a few minutes to watch. My camera did a pretty good job at stopping that wave though, huh?
Since we were headed south, to Sutton and Alder Dune for some training, I dodged onto Yachats Ocean Drive to checkout the spout. Sometimes, when the tide is high, it doesn’t spout very well. It did today though. So I got a shot of it, with Yachats in the background, with my shadow in the foreground. 🙂