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Takes My Breath Away

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.

Frothy Brew on Tillicum Beach
Frothy Brew on Tillicum Beach

 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!

Pacific Ocean Present
Pacific Ocean Present

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.

Wave coming like a freight train!
Wave coming like a freight train!

I enjoyed watching this Surf Scoter diving under the waves.

Nickname - Skunk Duck
Nickname - Skunk Duck

He looks like he’s taking a bubble bath.  Cute nickname, huh?  It’s from the white stripe on his head.

Surf Scoter - about to dive under the wave
Surf Scoter - about to dive under the wave

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?

Self Portrait At Yachats Spout
Self Portrait At Yachats Spout

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. 🙂

Ocean in Full Dress
Ocean in Full Dress

This was taken from the 804 trail just north of the Yachats State Park.

Spectators Watching High Surf at Yachats
Spectators Watching High Surf at Yachats

I think the spectacle is taking the birds breath away too.

We’ve got another high wind warning (65 to 75mph gusts) for tomorrow and flood warnings through Thursday.  YeeHaw Oregon Winters!!!!

Red in the Morning at Tillicum Beach

There was color in the sky this morning, as I was making my rounds in Tillicum Campground.  I really didn’t think it would last long enough for me to run back to the 5th wheel to get my camera.  The best stuff happens when I don’t have my camera.  But it persisted!  A strong south wind was whipping up the waves and making beautiful patterns in the clouds.  The sun was hitting it just right, at sunrise, to turn the clouds from pink to violet.

Cloud Patterns over Tillicum
Cloud Patterns over Tillicum

Then, I noticed a funny vertical shape of color.  I thought that was weird but not worth photographing.  I looked again and thought, “Do I see rainbow colors?”  As I kept watching I did see the rainbow; albeit just the bottom part of one side.

Rainbow over Ocean at Tillicum Beach
Rainbow over Ocean at Tillicum Beach

But still a rainbow!

Which end of the rainbow is it though?

We’ve got a high surf warning for tomorrow (Jan 5, 2012).  That will be fun to watch (from the safety of the campground)!  Here’s the ominous-sounding advisory:

IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 10 AM PST FRIDAY.

SEAS: A LARGE LONG PERIOD WESTERLY SWELL TRAIN WILL ARRIVE IN THE COASTAL WATERS LATE THURSDAY MORNING WITH SEAS BUILDING INTO THE UPPER TEENS THEN PEAKING BETWEEN 20 AND 23 FT THURSDAY EVENING.

* SURF: AS THE LEADING SWELL ARRIVES AT THE BEACH LATE THURSDAY MORNING…THE SWELL PERIOD WILL INCREASE TO 16 SECONDS. LONG PERIOD SWELL SUCH AS THIS CARRIES LARGE AMOUNT OF ENERGY AND WILL RESULT IN POWERFUL BREAKERS IN THE SURF ZONE.

* IMPACTS: AS THE SURF BUILDS THROUGH THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT…THE SURF ZONE WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS… ESPECIALLY WITH THE STRONG CURRENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LARGE TIDAL SWING. MINOR BEACH EROSION IS ALSO POSSIBLE.

hhmmm – agate hunting anyone?   …on Friday of course

I have to add this great photo of the cloud patterns that Patty sent me.  I’d normally just call her “a Tillicum camper”.  But she’s been here, off and on, for so long that we’ve become friends. 🙂   Thanks for sharing these Patty!

Tillicum Cloud Patterns
Tillicum Cloud Patterns
Tillicum Cloud Patterns - closeup
Tillicum Cloud Patterns - closeup