Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cape Disappointment

Thursday, Vincent and I drove from Portland to Seattle. On the way, we stopped off at Cape Disappointment in Washington State to see the lighthouse. It was a typical gray Pacific Northwest Day. The light lent a somber beauty to the cliffs and coves.


Looking south across the mouth of the Columbia River to the headlands of the Oregon coast



At 21:28, Blogger BentonQuest said...

Beautiful pictures, Doug. Thanks for posting them.

At 00:04, Blogger T.R. said...

Really beautiful. You have a good eye for quiet beauty.

At 07:08, Blogger cedrorum said...

Thanks for these shots. When I was right out of college I tried really hard to get hired in Oregon or Washington. Their coasts are two of my favorites. I'm jealous that you are getting to hang out there.

At 14:08, Blogger Lemuel said...

Beautiful! I love that kind of shoreline and such views!

At 17:20, Blogger robin andrea said...

I remember that coastline and that sky. Always so gray and yet, endlessly beautiful.

At 01:05, Blogger Gallicissa said...

This looks good site for shorebirds. Interesting name it has got.

At 08:36, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Nice pix! I came "this" close to moving out there several years ago....

At 11:31, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Ben- Thanks. I didn't have to worry about harsh lighting that day.

TR- Well, you have a good photographic eye, period, so I'm complimented. Thanks.

cedrorum - Not only was this beautiful, it was an incredibly productive trip. It was another one of those "I can't believe I'm getting paid to do this" moments.

Lem- I agree. I've been gone over half of my lifetime, but I still miss the ocean.

Robin- This was a pretty spot. With the exception of the first day, the entire trip was very gray.

Gallicissa- Other than this rock with the cormorants and a bunch of gulls, I was surprised at how little waterfowl I saw. The name comes from an early English explorer who was trying to find the great wstern river (meaning the Columbia). He failed to find it here, hence the disappointment. That strikes me as odd, just because it's so obvious in the last photo. Perhaps it's much less so from the ocean level.

Dave- To quote you from earlier, I'm glad you didn't. We need the restoration ecologists out this way.

At 13:09, Blogger Kathiesbirds said...

Doug, this is excellent photography. The pictures speak for themselves. Very moving. Cape Dissapointment was just the opposite! What an inspiration!


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