The ocean’s intertidal zone…the portion of shoreline that is exposed between high tides and low tides…is fascinating to me.
I’d probably be even more fascinated with the area near shore that is always under water, but it’s off-limits to my camera….
But really, this intertidal zone is amazing, because not only do its denizens need to live with the nearly constant pounding of waves, they have to live under water for hours at a time, followed by living out of the water for hours at a time.
Salt water, at that. You know how damaging salt is to your lawn and yard, but these guys live in it.
In the photo below, the area in the foreground nearly covered in white foam is bare between waves. But you can also see on the large rock ahead and to the right a dark swath about three feet tall that is wet from recent water, and another swath above it with some yellowish growths on it. Both of those areas are underwater at high tide.
This sweet little anemone was just to the left in the picture above, and getting dashed with every wave. Just after I took this picture, a wave dumped sand and small pebbles on top of it, which almost folded it in half! The tide was coming in, so I was unable to get a further picture.
What a life!
We made a run back down the coast to deliver some driftwood to Grandpa Fell that had somehow found its way into the trunk of the Lil Taxi.
Well, it was a good excuse to see him and Grandma Lois.
We took along some outstanding Thai food we had found in Brookings (who knew we could find such a jewel here on the Oregon coastline amidst the towering trees and fresh fish?).
And on the way back, we were able to catch one last splash along the shore of Crescent City.
Check out the birds silhouetted along the top edge of the big rock….
Even on a rainy day we have entertainment in the coach!
Look what was right outside our front window. (click to make a photo bigger)
I sat in the driver’s seat and shot these through the window!
Check out the white portion of the body at one end, then black toward the tail (or fluke).
We’ve been in California for months, but we wait to come to Oregon to show you a surfer!
It’s really just a matter of convenience for the photographer….
The bay outside our front window right now is nicely shaped to create these large, lovely curls. Surfers can drive up and park for free almost at water’s edge. It doesn’t get much better than that…although the water is still about 52 degrees.
I’m able to stand at water’s edge, with a slight elevation so the surfer doesn’t get lost in the trough. Yesterday the light was decent.
Between Brookings and Gold Beach, Oregon is a cluster of large rocks near the shore.
Accessibility to them varies with the tide, and as the sun drops, it plays hide and seek around them.
But what caught my attention was the key hole opening in one rock, that leads to the edge of another rock behind it.
In this picture, the pyramid-shaped rock above the key hole, that is bathed in golden sun, is actually part of the same rock as the key hole.
I took this photo at low tide. The key hole and where I stood to shoot it would both be covered by water at high tide.
We’ve enjoyed visiting Brookings several times over the three winters we’ve spent on this coast, but it has always been a long day’s run from where the coach is parked.
This time we’re parked here for a week, and our second day was Robyn’s birthday!
The weather service seemed to understand all that, and arranged a gorgeous day for us to spend outside!
Ross and Ryan also knew it, because we sang “Happy Birthday” several times before we left the coach, and they always smile when we sing that song.
Even the moon put in an appearance for our day of celebration!
What a lovely end to a lovely day….
We pulled up stakes and rolled north into Harbor, Oregon.
Have a site for a week that’s 150 feet from the surf…this is what we saw out our front window this evening!
Robyn thought it was a fine place to spend her birthday eve….
(If you click on the photo, it will go full-screen and you can better see the two surfers)