Music night. Happy Birthday, Robert!

OK, hands raised if you’ve never heard of Robert Plant. You? Go to your room. Put on the headphones, put on Houses of the Holy and turn the amp to 11. Get back to us later.

Plant has had a hell of a long run, starting with Led Zeppelin in 1968 to Alison Krause. Given those early years, it’s a miracle the man has any hearing left. More videos below the fold and, obviously, your contributions to deafness are appreciated.

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The Watering Hole: August 20 — Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by Zooey

From the Wiki:

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) tall monolith (or sea stackrock formation on the Oregoncoast in the northwestern United States, the third-tallest such “intertidal” (meaning it can be reached by land) structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot during low tide. Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfishsea anemonecrabschitonslimpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a refuge for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

Composed of basalt, Haystack Rock was formed by lava flows emanating from the Grand Ronde Mountains 10 to 17 million years ago. The lava flows created many of the Oregon coast’s natural features, including Tillamook HeadArch Cape, and Saddle Mountain. Haystack Rock was once joined to the coastline but years of erosion have since separated the monolith from the coast. Three smaller, adjacent rock formations to the south of Haystack Rock are collectively called “The Needles”.

This seems to be the iconic picture people think of, when picturing the Oregon Coast.  I challenge you to find a calendar of Oregon that doesn’t feature Haystack Rock!

This is our daily open thread. Go ahead, get it off your chest!