WPC: Forces of Nature

Oregon coast, 2015

Oregon coast, 2015


The physical forces of nature shape us as they shape our world.

We experience wind and water, gravity, friction and radiation every day of our lives.  But some parts of the planet feel an entirely more violent variety of Nature’s forces:  plate tectonics.


Cascade Head from the beach at Lincoln City, Oregon

Cascade Head from the beach at Lincoln City, Oregon


The Cascade Mountains, on the coast of our Pacific Northwest. are alive with these forces.

The Earth shudders and folds as plates collide.  Magma deforms the land as it gathers, and sometimes spews from the Earth to transform the landscape.

Huge rock formations along Oregon’s beaches remind us of this fiery heritage, even as the fault lines far out to sea come alive with fresh eruptions.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 073~

Tides rush in and recede. 

Fog settles over the beaches.  Wind blows in from the ocean, whipping loose sand into a gritty windborne wave along the beach.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 248


Seabirds hunt for their dinner.  Friends gather together along the beach to honor sunset; and a lone photographer wanders amidst it all, wondering how a single image can capture such harmony.


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The Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Woodland Gnome 2015


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 027

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12 responses to “WPC: Forces of Nature

  1. The Oregon Coast is beautiful–top to bottom. :)) Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have stood on the beautiful Atlantic shores of Ireland, and on the coastal reef of Australia, but I hadn’t even imagined your Oragoan coast line. It is stunning and your photos beautiful , Thankyou for sharing. 💚💜💛💙❤️💚

    • Thank you, Roz. There is something magical about shorelines, isn’t there? We have both communed with both Atlantic and Pacific now. I’ve not yet been to Australia, but would love to visit the reefs and other wonders there. Only a few oceans to go 😉 Giant hugs ❤ WG

  3. The mists are beautiful, the way they soften the landscape. Your photos are wonderful, I can almost hear the crash and sigh of the waves. 🙂

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  5. Laurin Lindsey

    I could almost feel the mist and the wind! Wonderful thoughts and photographs. I love the coast of Oregon!

  6. backtowhatever

    I absolutely LOVE the pictures!

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