Tag Archives: wildlife

Elk in the Foxglove

We saw this small herd of elk in Tidewater, OR, yesterday.  Isn’t it a beautiful field of Foxglove!

Field of Foxglove with Elk
Through the windshield

If I could have taken a picture while we were moving, they probably would have stood still.

Tidewater Elk in Foxglove
Startled

Alsea Bay Sunset

Wow!  Can’t believe how mild the weather is on the Oregon Coast (today).  hahaha  Not that we can count on it, but we enjoy it when we get it!

Alsea Bay Seals
Have you seen my mother?

AAAaaawww!

We hadn’t gone out to the Alsea Bay Bridge to take pix of the seals, yet, this year.  We decided this was a good evening for it.  Low tide was around 4:30pm and it was .2.

We parked in the lot north of the bridge and crossed Hwy 101 to see the seals on the east side.

Alsea Bay Seal Siesta
Alsea Bay Seal Siesta

I wonder if the small ones are yearling pups?  None of the seals were moving around or interacting much at all.  Must have full tummies.

Alsea Bay - Low Tide Sunset
Alsea Bay - Low Tide Sunset

Okay, back to the truck.  Gotta get back to Tillicum before sunset.  I’ve missed too many clear sunsets this week!  This is from the corner of the Alsea Bay Bridge.

Tillicum Beach Sunset
Tillicum Beach Sunset

We’ve got a nice crowd in Tillicum Campground tonight – about 20 sites filled!  All the beachfront sites in 2 loops are taken.  There are still 2 electric sites open (one near the beach, one near the entrance).

Commute to Work?

Hope you have the day off!  This guy has to work 24/7 for his food.

Commuter Seal
Commuter Seal

We’ve got about a dozen campers in Tillicum Campground today.  There’s still room for you in the ocean front sites.

Another beautiful day at the beach!
Another beautiful day at the beach!

High tides are in the mornings.  Low tides in the evenings.  Got a point 2 today and  a minus .2 tomorrow.

High Tide from Site 31, Tillicum Campground
High Tide from Site 31, Tillicum Campground

No wind, just sunshine!  What a February!

Looks like the wind is high today
Looks like the wind is high today

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!!!!

Christmas Lights on the Oregon Coast

The Heceta Head B&B is all decked out for Christmas!

Christmas at Heceta Head Lighthouse
Christmas at Heceta Head Lighthouse

That was at dusk last night.  I can’t figure out how to auto-focus when it’s that dark. hahaha  Although out of focus, you can see the crab boat lights.  There’s another behind the lighthouse and 5 more south of us.  We haven’t seen any boats today.  Maybe they’re taking time off for Christmas?

We got lucky today and caught a spouting rainbow at high tide (9.5) on Yachats Beach Rd.  High surf warning is in effect until 4am Saturday.  We might finally get some rain this week!  That would be a good Christmas gift.  We’re missing the winter storms a little.

Yachats Spouting Rainbow
Yachats Spouting Rainbow

We went up the Alsea river this afternoon.  Eckman Lake is full of ducks this week.  We decided to see if we could get some pix.  We’ve found that, if you stay in the car, the wildlife doesn’t startle as easily.  As soon as they see the two-legged critter they become skittish.  Clusters of ducks swim towards each other then bob and duck and splash.  Not sure if it’s feeding or a mating ritual or what.  There are some mallards but I think the majority of them are American Wigeons?  Tell me if you think different.

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Did you know you can zoom in by holding down the “ctrl” key while tapping the “+” key?  To zoom out, use “ctrl” and the minus key.   There’s my techno-tip for the year 🙂

Yegua Campground, Somerville, TX

The Blue Bonnets aren’t out yet, here, but the Indian Paintbrush are!  They have such a vibrant color!
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush

 

I’m not sure what these wildflowers are so let me know if you can identify them. Aren’t they gorgeous!  It also gave me a chance to play with my “super-macro” feature on our new Samsung camera.
Pretty Blue Wildflowers

 

The leaf cutter ants are really busy.  Sometimes you can’t even see the ant underneath what they are carrying!  It looks like vegetation with brown legs. 🙂
Leaf Cutter Ants
Leaf Cutter Ants

 

Well, sorry, but no pix of bass this week. And we have to get going today. So, here’s my wildlife picture.  There is plenty of evidence (footprints and digging) of the wild hogs. But I tried, for 6 months when we volunteered here in ’06/’07, to get a picture of the wild hogs. These are domestic pigs that got loose from pig farmers many decades ago. They are not javelinas (sic). These guys are much harder on the environment than javelinas (sic).  Dad and I saw about 6 pigs cross our trail as we went looking for deer antlers. We didn’t find any antlers but we had a nice walk and no pig attacks! 

hogs
Wild pigs