RECENT WORK - Oregon Trip 2017 - Part 1
We flew into Seattle early in the morning and were
dismayed to see smoke filling all the available canyon spaces in the mountains.
So glad we changed our minds about staying in Packwood, WA and got a place in
Newport, OR. It was farther away, but it was worth it! For this part
of the trip, at least, we didn't contend much with too much smoke; although we
did not have great sky conditions in any case.
We of course wanted to see lighthouses and Heceta Head
was not far away. 1a shows Heceta Head from the overlook 1/4 mile up the
road. The fog is obvious, but it was still only about 9:30 am. We spent much of
the day just checking places out; but later in the afternoon, we found ourselves
at Yaquina Head Light. There were a lot of people up at the light so we
went down to Quarry Cove, where we were told we might see whales. We did!
1b shows the back of one gray whale and the blow from it and another off to the
right. John was out on a rocky point and the closest whale was not more than 30
yards below him! We watched for quite awhile, but they never did anything famous
like breach...just saw back and blow. It was still just amazing.
At sunset, we walked down to Seal Rocks along the
beach, but the light was flat and it was a looong walk back. We ended up at the
Seal Rocks State Recreation Area overlook and got a bit of color as the tide was
going out (1c).
Next morning we were back at Yaquina Head. It was
early and there were fewer people, and no whales. (1d-e) Had a nice early
view of the Yaquina Bridge (1f) before heading back to Heceta Head area.
John wanted to see the Cape Creek Bridge we had driven over several times from
down below. It was designed by Conde McCullough and more imposing once you
got down below it. (1g)
No sunset that night due to fog and we woke to heavy
fog the next morning. 1h and 1i were taken early in the morning.
There was no wind so the water under the boats in the marina was like glass.
Nice for reflections and sets off the boat colors. More later.
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