Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Things We’ve Seen at Manzanita Beach

Eberle & I are just back from a lovely three days & four nights at Manzanita. Our rental was located right at the very edge of the dunes on the south side of the village; the weather was mostly glorious—we arrived & left in the rain, but otherwise the sun was shining on the ocean by day & the moon by night. There were just enough clouds to make the sky a spectacular canvas, & we were able to explore the beach quite thoroughly, even as far south as Nehalem State Park. Of course, each beach is a world of sorts—the features are often generic—surf, sand, flotsam & jetsam, but always have some unique elements. Here are some of the things we saw—both generic & unique—on Manzanita beach.

  • Small succulents growing out of the sand
  • A large driftwood log charred black at the root end & still smoldering
  • A red Bic lighter almost buried in the sand near this log
  • Broken crab shells—both bodies & claws
  • Broken clamshells
  • Broken mussel shells
  • Broken sand dollars
  • An intact dead crab, smaller than my thumb
  • Jellyfish
  • Gulls wading at the water’s edge
  • Gulls flying singly or in flocks
  • Pelicans flying in flocks & landing beyond the breakers
  • Crows flying & walking along the sand
  • The breakers becoming a brilliant foamy white as they catch the eastern sun in the morning
  • Breakers turning a glossy orange as they catch the setting sun’s spreading glow
  • The sunset
  • The moonrise
  • Feathery white clouds & fluffy cumulus clouds
  • A river of gray & orange clouds streaming off to the south as the sun was setting
  • Three boats well offshore, each seen singly
  • The light from a distant boat on the horizon at sunset
  • Two bicyclists
  • Two women in full riding attire on horseback—the chestnut horse striding along the water’s edge has a relaxed gait; the black horse seems tense & skittish
  • Any number of dogs—running, digging, fetching balls, etc.
  • A tepee made out of driftwood, with a pallet as a floor, & hung with long decorative strands of kelp
  • A driftwood fort on top of a dune
  • Sand dunes, mostly thick with various dune grasses
  • Small shreds of kelp, looking vaguely like excelsior in Easter baskets, caught by the wind & skittering across the sand, leaving small tracks behind them
  • A middle-aged man flying a kite
  • A middle-aged man constructing an elaborate sand castle with square turrets
  • An abandoned sand castle with a feather capping one of the round towers
  • A middle-aged couple embracing—both somewhat portly
  • Various declarations of love carved in the wet sand
  • Gull feathers
  • Long strands of bulbous kelp
  • A deer
  • Horse hoofprints
  • Deer hoofprints
  • Dog pawprints
  • Gull clawprints
  • Human footprints, both with shoes & barefoot
  • Dandelions
  • Windsurfers
  • A paddle surfer
  • A man pushing a stroller
  • A toy hockey puck
  • A piece of white plastic marked with wood grain, such as is used for fences
  • A bench made of Trex boards with a pressed metal salmon as the back
  • A trashcan made of plastic wood-grained boards, almost the color of redwood, with two metal gulls on top
  • A man in a wet suit wading into the surf to take photos of his son on a boogie board
  • The son carrying his blue boogie board into the surf with a shy or desultory gait
  • A girl, apparently his daughter, sitting in a red wagon at the water’s edge
  • A young girl wearing a melon-colored hoodie running down to the water’s edge & holding a multi-colored ring, which she alternately used as a frisbee, a hula hoop, or simply held around her waist
  • A white metal sign almost buried in sand—the faded black letters once read “Dune Restoration Project”

Eberle & I took over 150 pix—I really don’t recall which of us took the pix accompanying this post

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