On a 8 day exploration of the Oregon coast I visited many coastal areas with whales, seals, sea lions among the sea stakes looming out of the water. I was treated to golden and blue twilights to red flaming sunsets. At Harris beach the sky had smoke and ash from a fire in central Oregon. The sun was aglow in bright orange. At Show Acres near the seal and sea lion rookery the clouds were ablaze in reds to blues.
Isolated outcrops of rock standing in the ocean are called sea stacks, and they are remnants of rocky headlands that were eroded by wave action. They are indeed ancient – millions and millions of years old. And incredibly resilient. Many stacks were the result of volcanic action, with lava flowing to the sea. Cooling lava became hardened basalt over time. The heavy basalt remained buried under marine sediments for millions of years. As the climate shifted and sea level receded, the rocks were revealed and parts worn away by winds and water. Tidepools at the base of many sea stacks provide habitat for a variety of marine creatures. Soil has settled into crevices of some of the sea stacks, building up a soft layer perfect for nesting puffins, murres and other seabirds.
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On my trip to the Oregon Coast I visited many of there lighthouse. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s home are circa 1894. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse is a working lighthouse. From a height of 205 feet above the ocean, its “first order” Fresnel lens, casts it’s beams some 21 miles out to sea. It is the brightest light on the Oregon coast. It is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.
Save the Redwoods League is turning 100 years old in 2018. Please share your redwood photos on instagram and twitter with the #Stand4Redwoods hashtags. A new gallery entitled Save The Redwoods are redwoods from my recent trip to several national and state redwood parks. Click on the thumbnail to see full view.
What attracted me to Stone Lagoon was the beautiful refections in the lagoon. I photographed it early in the day with fog still on the water and later in the day.
Stone Lagoon breaches its 1.5-mile ocean barrier much less frequently than Big Lagoon; years may elapse between breaks. Watch for river otters or Roosevelt elk that graze south of Stone Lagoon.
Humboldt Lagoons State Park lies on the sandy, windswept edge of ocean and forest. Formed by the clash of two tectonic plates, it’s part of the largest lagoon system in the United States. Forty miles north of Eureka, the park includes Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon, as well as Dry Lagoon, which is now a marsh, bordered by dunes, forests, prairies, and coastal scrub. With such varied habitats, wildlife thrives. On a single visit, you can see whales and elk, trout and salmon, pelicans and woodpeckers.