Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Appeal of the Ocean Beach

We have been in Cannon Beach, Oregon, for five days and most of the days in this summer resort town have been cloudy.

We have viewed the beaches north and south of Cannon Beach from several different locations in town and from Ecola State Park just north of town.

This observation of a photographer connecting with her subject occurred near Tolovana Beach south of town; the tent was an unusual piece of beach equipment.

These photos (#2 and #3) of Indian Beach were taken from Indian Point in Ecola State Park.

This fence bordered the observation point.

In my opinion, the ocean seems most "comfortable" when partially hidden by clouds or fog. I see the ocean as mysterious, and it is during these times that the sea and the sky seem to merge and create an uncertainty of what is to come.

North of Ecola Point is
Sea Lion Rock, part of the USFWS Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Access to all offshore rocks is prohibited, as they are important habitats for birds and marine mammals.

Also north of Ecola Point, the coastline is more rugged, but no less beautiful.

This image of Crescent Beach is the one that I will carry with me as a memory of our time in Cannon Beach. I think the colors of the sand, surf, and sky and the solitude represented by the two figures on the beach exemplify my impression of the "normal mood" of the ocean.

Here is a glimpse of Haystack Rock in the distance between other offshore rocks.

To get down to the shore, a trail starts out on the south side of the parking area at Ecola Point and is approximately one mile long.

These last photos show the variety of activities that took place on the morning of our visit to Indian Beach.

Stretching exercises preceded these surfers taking on the ocean waves.

This family of kayakers added a touch of fun to the overcast morning.

The four-footed walkers seemed to be enjoying themselves more than the two-footed ones.

The clouds embraced us and encouraged lingering and listening.

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