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Today’s Gifts

We woke up to snow this morning.  It was a pretty blanket of white and about 30F.  I was really hoping it would warm up before I had to go into Waldport this afternoon though.

Rainbow Over the Alsea River
Rainbow Over the Alsea River

Sure enough, the snow melted!  But I didn’t dream of seeing a rainbow today.  I didn’t even think it was possible to see one in our little valley!  The Alsea River is on the north side of our house.  If the sun is higher than 42 degrees, you won’t see a rainbow because the angle isn’t right.  There’s also a pretty tall hill on the south side of us.  (I come from Utah so I know better than to call this a mountain.)

Male Common Merganser
Male Common Merganser

So we watched birds while we puttered around the house.

Common Merganser
Common Merganser – Female or 1st year Male

I couldn’t zoom in close enough to tell if this is a female Common Merganser or a 1st year male.

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye

The Common Goldeneye always stumps me.  The bright eye should give it away but I seem to look in the wrong part of my bird book and end up asking an expert.  This is a female.  I haven’t seen a male lately but I’m sure he’s around.

The weather held out until it was time to come home from Waldport tonight.  A hail storm hit just as I was going through town.  It was pounding!  But as soon as I got past Eckman Lake, the road was barely wet.

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