Sunset at the beach

by Steve, May 8th, 2014

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Pinniped day at Nature Church

by Steve, March 4th, 2014

We started our day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, where we visited the resident Pacific giant octopus and explored the interactive displays. (This is not to be confused with the nearby Oregon Coast Aquarium, whose octopus is not as easy to see.) Then we headed to Newport’s historic bayfront, where California sea lions are known to congregate. There was just one on the sea lion dock.
California sea lion
Head shot

But we spotted a few on a buoy near the NOAA dock.
Boys on the buoy

And ten more on a jetty.
Sea Lions on the jetty

Later in the day, we headed to a nearby area known for its tide pools (it is a very delicate location which I don’t want to publicize; locals may recognize it from the photos). Here we encountered sea anemones and countless hermit crabs (the highlight for Z).
Hermitt crab

Sea star wasting syndrome is devastating populations in Washington and California, but is only just starting to show up in Oregon. Ours appear to be healthy.
Sea star

The highlight of the day for me started with a sighting of a blue heron.
Spot the seals

We soon realized it was fishing near a pod of harbor seals.
Heron got a fish
Heron poaching seal food

We spotted three on the rocks and several more in the surf.

This area is my current favorite on the Oregon coast, a beautiful example of mountains meeting the sea.
Ancient shoreline

As our light faded into the evening we carefully picked our way across the rocks and headed home, stopping for a bird’s eye look back.
Twilight on Cape Foulweather

Morning Light and Fair Weather on Cape Foulweather

by Steve, January 26th, 2014

Good Night

by Steve, January 25th, 2014

Sunrise to Sunset

by Steve, January 5th, 2014

Split brain, Oregon style. Coffee on the beach, supper under the glow of Mt. Hood.

Gleneden sunset

by Steve, November 20th, 2013

Caught a fish

by Steve, November 16th, 2013

Fall Light in the Elephant Trap Woods

by Steve, October 15th, 2013

Tualatin River Diaries 2013: Rivergrove to Wanker’s Corner

by Steve, August 4th, 2013

Boating rulesWe’ve been busy busy busy this summer, so we only managed to get the canoe down last weekend. We took Junior out last Sunday and put in at Rivergrove, where we left off last year, and paddled downstream almost to Wanker’s Corner (yes, that’s a real place name).

There is a put-in spot at Wanker’s Corner, so yesterday we decided to check it out (it’s labeled “Shipley Bridge” on the Tualatin Riverkeepers’ map). It turned out to be a bit too primitive and dicey, so we went back to Rivergrove and paddled the full two miles downstream to Wanker’s Corner (river mile 7.4 – 5.4) and back, hoping to see a blue heron or… something…

Tualatin panorama

Coming around a bend, we first saw some other paddlers, then, above, a big bird with a white underbelly: an osprey. It flew back and forth a couple times then landed in a tree right next to us.

OspreyI recently bought a small point-and-shoot camera that I’m comfortable taking in the canoe, and the bird was patient enough to let me get a few shots off.

I’ll update our paddler’s map for 2013 one of these days, but for now, just add a couple miles downstream to last year’s map. And I will be adding more photos, too, both here and on Flickr.

Private dock


by Steve, July 23rd, 2013