Friday, May 8, 2015

Revisiting the Oregon Coast

I am hanging out near Newport for a while.  While here, I did some late afternoon and sunset exploration of the coast south of here.  About 30 miles away is Cook's Chasm.  The Pacific Coast Highway crosses the chasm on one of the classic concrete arch bridges.

Below the bridge, the sea pounds dramatically against an extremely rugged shore.

The rocks are a dark brown.  At low tide rich green vegetation is revealed in places on the rock.

Wildflowers crop up everywhere.  This winter I photographed them in the deserts of New Mexico.  Here, on ground that is almost never dry, wildflowers again make themselves known.

I don't want to imply that the entire shoreline is rocky.  There are magnificent beaches here, flatter and firmer than those on the east coast.  Last year, I took this shot of an approaching storm over South Beach.
About 15 miles south of me is Seal Rocks.  At sunset, a thin film of runoff submerges the sands near rock outcrops, providing a mirror for the colors in the sky.

I had another shot to put in here, but Google automatically reprocesses photos, whether you want them to or not.  Their reprocessing ruined the shot.