One sunny Saturday, I rushed through my weekly cleaning and shopping chores, finishing in time to catch the setting sun.
|Steep cliff with trees clinging on for dear life
Grabbing camera and tripod, I jumped into my car. In my haste, I forgot to check the tide tables before leaving home. No worries - a quick check on my smartphone while gassing up revealed the day's low tide coinciding with sunset. Sweet!
|Interesting water patterns
Wanting to head somewhere close, I chose Hug Point as my destination. I've visited this beach numerous times, and love it's interesting cliffs and plentiful tidepools. Located an hour's drive from my front door was a plus.
Arriving about an hour before dusk gave me time to wander the beach. The sun's low rays illuminated adjacent sandstone cliffs a lovely golden brown. Their reflections in wet sand were mighty nice!
|A lone kite flyer
I was far from lonely. A sunny winter's day brought out the people. Beach-walkers, kids splashing in the water, dogs chasing balls, hippies sitting around a campfire - even one lady flying a kite.
|Interesting cliff erosion
The tall cliffs lining this beach were very interesting. Wind and waves had scoured the rock into unique shapes. Mother Nature's artwork!
|The ocean beyond Hug Point
Hug Point has a fascinating history. It's beach was used as a wagon road during the early 1900's. High tides made the beach around this headland impassible, and even at low tide, wagons had to "hug" the adjacent cliffs to pass by. Finally, tired of waiting on tides, settlers blasted a ledge into the adjacent rock. This narrow road still exists, providing modern-day beach walkers a dry path.
|Colorful tidepool life
But this day, thanks to the low tide, one could walk all the way around Hug Point on sand. Previous visits had been at high tide, so it was great to finally see this headland's beach.
At the base of Hug Point's rocky cliffs were tidepools. Tucked into rocky crevasses, one had to look closely to spot sea creatures.
But the few tidepools I found sported lots of colorful fauna. Images of bright orange and purple seastars and eerie blue-green anemones all found homes on my memory card.
|Blue light on the beach as the sun goes down
Wandering around the tidepools, I realized the light was beginning to change. The cliffs lost their golden glow as the sun began to sink towards the horizon.
|Setting sun illuminates the waves
But golden tones were taking over the clouds and sky above the sea.
|Sinking below the clouds
Although not the most outstanding sunset I've ever seen, it still lit up the sky nicely.
|Layers of color
Fading light created layers of color on the waves and across the sand.
|Blues and pinks reflection on sand
As light left the sky, it momentarily glowed a rosy pink. The wet sand reflected this lovely shade quite nicely. Coupled with blue hues from the water, a colorful farewell to the day.
|Day's final light
Good night from the Oregon coast!
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