All posts by Sheila

I have a passion for the outdoors and I am most happy enjoying what nature has to offer. Hobbies include photography, birding, Pickleball, astronomy, biking, and hiking. I have been happily married, for 44 years, to an amazing person.

~First there was one, then there were 64,000~

Yaquina Head Natural Area

 

During the summer 65,000, of the birds listed below, claim Yaquina Head Natural Area as home. They spend the spring and summer breeding, nesting and raising their chicks on these bluffs.

`Common Murre

`Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants

`Pigeon Guillemots

`Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls

I have never seen so many Murres before our visit to Yaquina Head Natural Area. My photo of the single Common Murre was taken at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay while on a hike from South Beach State Park.

First there was one.....
First there was one…..
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Then there were thousands….
One of the Islands
One of the Islands covered with nesting birds
Common Murre Kites
Common Murre Kites
"Make room"
“Make room”
Sees me taking her photo
Sees me taking a photo
Decides to show off a little
Decides to show off a little
Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado
Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado
Brandt's Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Feeding Babies
Feeding Babies
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I think this gull wants to be feed
Love
Love

 

~Today’s Photos – July 26, 2014~

`Newport, Oregon

`South Beach State Park

`Arrived July 23, 2014

 

Today we visited…. 

Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Natural Area

Yaquina Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Offshore Islands at Yaquina
Offshore Islands at Yaquina Head Natural Area
Yaquina Head Natural Area
Yaquina Head Natural Area
Copple Beach
Copple Beach
Having a ball!
Having a ball!
Howard at Yaquina Lighthouse
Howard at Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Natural Area
Colors of Summer
Seal Rock (in the distance)
Seal Rock (in the distance)
"Tomorrow she will show you some of Yaquina Head Natural Area!"
“Tomorrow she will show you some of my friends here at Yaquina Head Natural Area!”

~whimsical wednesday-nature at its best~

whimsical wednesday!

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Dancing Sunbeams
Chowing Down
Chowing Down
Future meals
Future meals
"Gotta Itch"
“Gotta Itch”
"This Way Guys"
“This Way Guys”
"Say
“Hang on Friday’s coming”
"What"
“have a magical day”
Dunescape
Dunescape
Moon Over Sand Dune
Moon Over Sand Dune
Soooooo Long
Soooooo Long

 Just a few photos from William M. Tugman State Park this past week. The last photo; however was taken at Bullards.

 

have a whimsical wednesday

~A face of stone smiles from within~

 

A face of stone smiles from within,

just off shore for everyone to gaze upon,

when looking out to sea in this harsh climate,

her warmth reaches out in a loving caress.

 

She greets the rising sun and accepts her daily task,

to protect the creatures that seek refuge within her embrace,

she kisses the moon as the tides swell around her,

and wishes upon the stars that peace will come again tomorrow.

 

Face Rock
Face Rock – Bandon, Oregon
Face Rock
Face Rock
Tides, the Rhythm of Life
Tides, the Rhythm of Life

 

Playing in the surf
Playing in the surf

 

Ocean Hillside
Ocean Hillside

 

Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse
Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse

 

Bandon, Oregon
Bandon, Oregon

 

We enjoyed our nine days at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon, Oregon (July 7-15)! We walked the mile and a quarter from our RV to the ocean everyday. We enjoyed searching for and eating at some of the local eateries, especially the Face Rock Creamery. Their cheese and curds are delicious and the ice cream they serve, from a local dairy, is wonderful! The best Fish and Chips can be had at the Bandon Fish Market.

Day trips in and around Bandon and birding in the area topped off our visit. I added five new birds to my life list. A visit from friends, traveling in their RV, spent a few days with us, which was truly a highlight of our time at – Bandon by the Sea!

 

Until next time…….

~Shooting Macro – Photos from the Oregon Coast~

 

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Banana Slug
Banana Slug

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park

 

Barnacles on a Log
Barnacles on a Log

Photo was taken while walking on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park

 

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I have seen these blooming shrubs at Bullards and Tugman.

 

Stellar Feather
Stellar Feather

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park.

I looked down and saw this feather; I think it is a Stellar Jay Feather

 

Beetles? The wind was blowing!!
Beetles? The wind was blowing!!

Photo taken at the Dean’s Creek, Roosevelt Elk viewing area near Reedsport, Oregon

 

A Dining Ant
A Dining Ant

 

Photo taken yesterday, while hiking around Hall Lake across 101 from Tugman State Park