Monday, August 05, 2019

The Beach Walk

When we made it up to Houda Cove on Saturday morning it was still pretty foggy out there. But there is just something about the sounds of waves, the ocean air, the far distance view way out into the Pacific that is always a celebration of beauty.

I don't usually post photos with stray humans in them, but I just so loved the rock island out there lit by the sun. It looked like an illusion. The closer rocks were still in the shade of the fog and trees.
One of our favorite things about this beach is all the sea life. If you click on the photo you'll see mussels, sea stars, and the most beautiful sea anemones (Anthopleura xanthogrammica).
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We liked seeing how long this seaweed was and how it was so perfectly wrapped around the rocks. Wave or human action? I really don't know.
I looked at the sky wondering if there was a hint of a fogbow out there. I'm not sure, but there was definitely an arc that caught my eye.
But what really caught my eye was Roger walking his favorite beach at a minus tide on his birthday. It was a lovely morning adventure.


20 comments:

  1. What a fine way to celebrate a birthday. Love that "fogbow" picture, whether there's a fogbow there or not. Enjoy the next tour around the sun.

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  2. You caught a moody view of the coast. Happy birthday Roger.

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    1. Red-- It was definitely a foggy, moody morning.

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  3. Enjoyed the illusion and the fogbow. Perfect way for you and roger to celebrate his special day.

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    1. Patti-- It was a wonderful beginning to a grand day of celebrations.

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  4. Beautiful! I remember when I visited Cannon Beach in Oregon I saw similar sea life on the rocks. I was very impressed!

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    1. Steve-- We love the abundance of sea life here. It's truly awesome.

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  5. A wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! I don't know what it is, but there's something about the ocean that really resonates with me. I'm most home when I'm at the edge of the country.

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    1. Sharon-- I feel the same way about the ocean. There's something about being on the shoreline that reminds me that I am on a planet whirling in a galaxy.

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  6. Wonderful photos that capture that certain atmospheric quality of the Pacific Ocean. I often wonder what it is about the two oceans that make the Atlantic and Pacific seem so different. The Pacific booms and kishes. The booming - always puts me in mind of Kerouac's "Big Sur" - the addendum poem about the sea sounds. The sky shimmers in a silvery way there. The sea creatures are more colourful and reveal themselves more readily in the tide pools. I do miss the Pacific - although I love the Atlantic too. Would like to go back someday. Glad you went there to celebrate Roger's birthday. A fitting place it seems.

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    1. bev-- You made me wonder about the difference between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. I started googling around about tectonic plates and earthquakes and the things that helped create this beautiful coastline. It is magnificent out there.

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  7. I haven't experienced the Pacific, which sounds less placid than its name! But I do love tide pools and all the creatures to be found...no matter which ocean. I'm reminded that my blood is the same saltiness as the oceans. Great place to celebrate the birthday!

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    1. Barbara-- I love the sense of the salty sea in our blood. Oh yes, we are so connected to our beautiful earth.

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  8. The Pacific has one thing that the Atlantic can't have from this continent -- sunsets. But sunrises are great, too.

    Happy birthday Roger!

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    1. Mark-- We do get some beautiful sunsets here. Interestingly, on the curve on Monterey Bay we could watch the sunrise over the waters. Makes me wonder if there are any bays on the east coast that you could watch a sun set on. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

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  9. Your portraits of Roger always move me, especially those by the ocean.

    I spent many early mornings in September and October of 1998 walking on the several miles of bluff trails at Patrick's Point State Park. Your photos bring back the early-morning-at-the-ocean experience so vividly. If I ever get to Humboldt County again, I will go to Houda Cove. I love the rock island lit by the morning sunlight.

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    1. am-- I love taking photos of Roger! Oh yes, if you ever make it back to Humboldt County again do hike down to Houda Cove. It is spectacular there.

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  10. Nothing like walking along a beack looking for things, you never know what youy can find like old fossles ;))

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