This pic is looking right straight west over the cliff that Rte. 101 winds around to traverse the hill I'm standing on. The white water below is quite loud and turbulent, more good places for the rock cod to hide and feed, we never see anyone fishing for them, I hope to have a pic of one soon.
This pic is a little farther south, looking to the southwest. See the "little" whitecap way out there, that one wave will wash ten feet or so farther up the bank than the rest of them! Its a gorgeous view on one of Oregon's rare sunny days! The picture is taken looking off of Bray's point! All of these pics are along Rte. 101.
This is Cook's chasm, it is a very deep fissure in the rock wall that is narrow and steep. It has been carved out by a small stream that drains the runoff water from the mountains to the east! The roadway has a bridge over it, it looks like a terrific place to find some rock cod hanging around looking for a bite to eat!
This chasm is a little further south from Yachats toward Florence, and has a parking area for day use. Unfortunately all the day use areas charge a fee of 5 dollars, so its best to get a season pass if you plan to spend much time here.
On to Heceta Lighthouse!
We stopped at a pullout to snap a pic of the light house. I counted six seconds between light flashes, and was able to catch the light in the picture. That white dot in the dark top is the flash of the lighthouse light as it rotates to alert mariners to there position at sea. Unfortunately you can't get very close to it, without paying a fee. They claim it's the most photographed lighthouse in the world. The ocean waves are tremendous, the camera really doesn't do them justice.
On to the Beach!
Beach? What Beach? LOL This is looking south toward the Florence north jetty, you can barely make it out way down there. Its about 6 miles as the crow flies. No problem finding sand here :-). Looking to the left you can just see the edge of Lilly lake nestled in a hollow surrounded to the west by a pine forest and the Ocean. To the east by sawgrass and highway 101!
These type homes abound along route 101, they are a tad too windy for my taste, but they have a spectacular Ocean view, and are surrounded to the east by the steep pine forested hills of the Siuslaw National forest! Elk crossings (as opposed to deer crossings) are plentiful!
On to Florence!
This is the North jetty extending out in front of me, on my left is the Siuslaw river, across the way is the tip of the south jetty! On my right is the Pacific ocean, it is raging wildly today. The waves are crashing over the jetty at times and I am risking life and limb to get this shot! Places in the world like this really have a way of making you feel "small" and insignificant. It is probably ten feet down to the water and out at the end I can see the waves are higher than my head breaking over the end of the jetty! The dark spot in the river is a black cormorant, he ate a couple of fish while the river swept him along toward the ocean, the current carried him faster than I could walk along beside him.
To my right is the ocean.
It is quite violent today, you can't speak and be heard at this point.
The tide is going out, allowing me to get out here and take these pics.
We are looking north up the "beach" toward the spot where I took the earlier
picture with Lilly lake in it. It's too hazy to see that far(6 miles)!
This is looking right down the jetty!! Ocean on the right and river on the left
It captures the violence of the wave action a little better! The siuslaw on
the left is a raging torrent in itself as the fresh water rushes toward
the ocean in the outgoing tide. That rush meets the 10 to 15 foot waves
coming straight in at us. The result is whitewater with a twist!
On my way back off
the jetty I got real close to this ocean pidgeon.