Mt Hood, you’re still looking sweet

by Steve, July 2nd, 2014

Mt Hood

Cape Foulweather emerges from the fog

by Steve, June 30th, 2014

Cape Foulweather from Devil's Punchbowl

Yaquina Head Light in summer light

by Steve, June 28th, 2014

Yaquina Head Light

Green Wave

by Steve, June 17th, 2014

little breaker

Late spring at the coast

by Steve, June 13th, 2014

Coronado Shores

Our Garden Companions

by Steve, June 8th, 2014

Pacific chorus frog

whales on shaky cam

by Steve, May 20th, 2014

Here’s a shaky video of the whales we saw just offshore last weekend. Nothing at all like being there.

Salty life

by Steve, May 19th, 2014

We saw a bunch of whales — the big kind, gray whales, not the transient pod of orcas also sighted nearby recently — a block or two from our house on Saturday. There were probably 4 or 5 in the pod, feeding just off shore. I got some stills and video (stay tuned), neither of which capture the feeling you get being so close to such huge mammals. I told Zeke, “I feel like I can feel their consciousness.”

“You can,” he said, “and it’s probably the biggest consciousness you’ll ever feel.”
California grey whales

They fed for a while in front of the Cavalier condos, then we followed them as they swam north toward Schoolhouse Creek. They stopped just before the creek, and fed some more. They were around all afternoon, and we saw them again that evening, further south toward Boiler Bay. There was at least one calf among them, which means they’re probably migratory, on their way up to Alaska for summer feeding, and just stopping for an opportunistic snack in our plankton-rich waters.

You can see the whole set on flickr.

We also saw several harbor seals popping up in the surf.
Harbor seal

And we found our first fishing float on the beach, and came to the realization that to take them home to decorate your yarrrd you have to murder a lot of barnacles. Gooseneck barnacles in this case. We left it where we found it.
Gooseneck barnacles

Speaking of barnacles, I took a walk down to Fishing Rock at low tide Sunday morning and said hello to some of our invertebrate neighbors: anemones, sea stars, sea snails and several kinds of barnacles. I don’t get that whole “massive consciousness” drift from these guys, but they’ve got their own trip going on and it’s pretty damned cool.
low tide
sea stars and anenomes
Barnacles, sea stars and anenomes


by Steve, May 13th, 2014


Personal space issues

by Steve, May 8th, 2014

Personal space issues