Yesterday was another typical gray day on the Washington coast, and since we have been on the go a lot since we arrived here in Long Beach, we decided to stay home and take a day off. Except for a trip to the dumpster to throw trash away and moving the Explorer a couple of times to make it easier for folks to either pull out of or back into RV sites near us, I didn’t leave the motorhome all day.
The interior road here at the Long Beach Thousand Trails preserve is so narrow and the RV sites are so tight that every time an RV comes or goes, it seems like at least one neighbor has to move their car or truck. But everybody seems good natured about it and are glad to help.
I spent most of the day writing, and getting frustrated when I tried to get online to research a couple of things in the story. I finally gave that up and made a note to go back and double check them once we get to Seaside, where we’ll hopefully have a better internet connection.
Since we didn’t do much worth writing about, I thought I’d share some photos from a walk on the beach near the campground that Terry took Sunday evening, both to share some of the natural beauty around us and to showcase some of her photography skills. All of these were taken with Terry’s Canon SX40 digital camera without benefit of a tripod, over a period of a couple hours as the sun was setting, and show just what can be done with a relatively inexpensive camera, taking advantage of changes in light, shutter speed, and focal length of her camera’s zoom lens.
Here are three views looking south toward Cape Disappointment.
And this one zoomed further in to show some of the pelicans who have flocked (no pun intended) to this area to feed on the salmon that are running in big numbers right now.
I’ve seen a lot of pelicans in my time, but never this many in one area. Everywhere we look along the beaches and on the Columbia River they are flying in long lines like this. And it’s almost like they are synchronized. The first bird in a line will swoop down to the water and then back up, then the next one and the next one after another. And it’s like they all wait their turn, none further back in the line breaks formation. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve seen folks at Golden Corral that weren’t that well mannered!
And here’s a neat silhouette picture Terry took of one with the sun behind it. It almost looks like a drawing to me.
This freighter is several miles away from where we were standing, waiting for a bar pilot to arrive and navigate it over the bar and into the Columbia River. The stretch of the coast from Tillamook Bay in Oregon north to Vancouver Island is one of the most dangerous pieces of water in the world and sailors call it the Graveyard of the Pacific for good reason. Heavy waves, strong currents, and sudden storms have taken a toll of thousands of ships and boats over the years. Over 2,000 vessels and 700 lives have been lost right here near the Columbia Bar alone.
At first I thought this was a huge snake that had washed up on the beach, and sent Terry to check it out, since I’m even more afraid of snakes than I am of bridges. But it was just some sort of seaweed.
Paying attention to texture can lead to some excellent photo opportunities too, as these tire tracks on the beach demonstrate.
And, of course, sunsets are a photographer’s delight. Here are two Terry took from the beach and another taken looking back through the beach grass as we walked back to the campground.
I only took one picture all day long, but I think mine is the most beautiful of them all.
Today we plan to check out the kite festival here in Long Beach if the weather cooperates, and I’m sure Terry and her camera will be working hard getting more great pictures!
Thought For The Day – Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman