A minus tide last month had us back at the Oregon Coast. The weather again was just about perfect and the low water levels left much of the usually submerged rocks and sand accessible. We left Portland by 8 a.m. to arrive in Cannon Beach before the minus tide was at its lowest. Walking towards Haystack Rock revealed an intricate labyrinth of countless lakelets in the sand.
“Which way should I leap to keep dry feet?”
A gull savoring a shrimp.
There were numerous reminders that you’re visiting someone else’s home!
Normally most of this area is under water!
I hadn’t seen this many people in one place since the stores ran out of toilet paper! 😉
The top part of Haystack Rock is home to the largest breeding colony of Tufted Puffins in Oregon. I did see quite a number of them zipping by, but a presentable photograph eluded me that day. Hopefully next time!
About half way up Haystack Rock I spotted a small colony of nesting Brandt’s cormorants. Check out their beautiful blue throat pouches!
Most people stayed on the sand, but of course there were a few rule breakers.
Sea stars, anemones and mussels clinging to the rocks.
Aren’t these green anemones beautiful?
Looks like this sea star is going for a swim.
Just amazing to see the water this low!
“Can you see me now?”
Everyone seemed to be having a great day!
Including these canine friends!