Sunday Roast: Color

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Photos by Zooey

Sometimes, the color of the ocean is unbelievable.  I was going through some old photos on my computer — these are from 2011 — and found these in a folder called “Jade.”

I’ve never seen the ocean look like this since then, and I feel lucky to have captured these photos that day.

This is our daily open thread — What’s your favorite color?  😉

Sunday Roast: Day trip


The day started a bit hazy…but cleared up nicely.  My eldest likes to take the Otter Crest Loop byway, and in the few minutes it took to get there, the day became crystal clear.




Photos by Zooey

So it was another beautiful day on the Oregon coast — and there were FAR too many people who agreed with me.

This is our daily open thread — Hey look!  I didn’t forget and posted on time!

Sunday Roast: Sea Lions Doing Sea Lion-y Stuff





Vocalizing...and more lounging...

Vocalizing…and more lounging…

Blowing bubbles...napping...maybe waving?

Blowing bubbles…napping…maybe waving?

Photos by Zooey

I definitely waved back, just in case.  😉

Sea Lions, I like ’em.  Some people hate ’em.  Whatareyagonnado?

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The Watering Hole: Sept 15, 2014 — Devil’s Churn


Photo by Zooey

Okay folks, this is your late, late, super late, open thread.  🙂

I took this photo on a trip to the Oregon coast in 2008, and I’m standing above the top of Devil’s Churn.  It’s pretty damn awesome!

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The Watering Hole: April 6 — The view from the top of Cape Foulweather

Photo by Zooey

This is the view from the tiny gift shop, called The Lookout, at Cape Foulweather, Oregon.  500 feet above the beautiful blue ocean and jagged basalt rocks below, this was an amazing view on a truly brilliant day on the Oregon Coast.

It’s Friday, people.  Start thinking about your Music Night selections early!

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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!

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The Watering Hole: May 8

Oregon Coast

Photo by Zooey

I’m studying hard today, so won’t be around much (except for breaks).

The picture is of the Oregon Coast around the Newport area — no oil wells.  I’m already looking forward to my Thanksgiving week trip — which is SO far off right now.

This is your daily open thread, so have at it!

The Watering Hole: August 19

A break in the storm

A break in the storm

Photo by Zooey

This photo was taken from just outside the Sylvia Beach Hotel dining room.  there had been an awesome storm overnight, and another was moving in.  Very exciting.

This picture kind of represents my mood lately.  Stormy, with touches of sunlight, and then back to stormy.

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The Watering Hole: August 18

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Photo by Zooey

The Oregon Coast is my happy place.  I love the smell of the air, the sound of the pounding surf, the feel of the cold air, the starving seagulls, and the thrill of seeing the occasional whale spout in the distance.

I stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, where there are no phones, no televisions, no radios, no clocks, and no computer access.  What they do have are thousands of books (in case you forget yours), hundreds of games and puzzles, lots of cushy chairs for reading, napping, or quiet conversation, and hot spiced wine at 10 p.m.

I’m spending Thanksgiving Week there again this year.  Is it November yet…?

Where is your happy place?