WPC: On The Way To The Beach

The path from parking to beach at Road's End.

The path from parking to beach at Road’s End.

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There is always a long, steep pathway down to the beach, along the Oregon Coast near Lincoln City.

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High cliffs march right up to the beach along much of this stretch of coast.

This path, at Road’s End, offers one of the easier access points in the area.  Everywhere there are flights of steps, pavement, and sometimes simply rocks to cross on the way from the parking areas to the sand and waves.

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The ramp I used most often was long, and allowed one to drive a car or pickup onto the beach.  This is a favorite spot for weekend parties staged around roaring driftwood bonfires.

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A beautifully made rock wall held back the cliff on one side, and all manner of wind-borne wildflowers grew from its cracks.

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It is a steep climb, and requires determination to climb back up;

but oh, what wonderful views, along the way!

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For The Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Along the Way

Woodland Gnome 2015

Silent Sunday: On The Edge

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“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness

is compatible with ours, we join up with them

and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—

and call it love—true love.”

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Robert Fulghum

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength,

and whosoever loves much performs much,

and can accomplish much,

and what is done in love is well done.”
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Vincent van Gogh

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“Art and love are the same thing:

It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”
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Chuck Klosterman

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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One Word Photo Challenge: Beige

Mussel shells and barnacles on the Oregon beach, 2014.

Mussel shells and barnacles on the Oregon beach, 2014.

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Jennifer includes an interesting note about her color this week, ‘beige,’ in her post:

*As a side note, I looked up Beige on Wikipedia, and one of the variations is called ‘Cosmic Latte’ which is much more fun than the word beige.“Cosmic latte is a name assigned in 2002 to the average color of the universe (derived from a sampling of the electromagnetic radiation from 200,000 galaxies), given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University.”

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Oregon, 2014

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Cosmic Latte” I like that idea a lot.  And it made me think of something much more down to Earth:  the sandy beaches which rim our oceans the world over.

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Pacific crab, Oregon, 2014

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I’ve spent so many happy hours on beaches, that I decided a walk on the beach is the best way to respond to Jenny’s challenge this week.  I hope these photos recall happy memories for you as well.

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Lincoln City, OR September 2014

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With Appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her

One Word Photo Challenge:  Beige

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All photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition:  noun  An act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Here, where river meets the shore, we find water, Earth, ice, air, light and shadow converging in a single moment. An ancient Cypress stump, no longer living and growing itself, still harbors the lives of barnacles … Continue reading

Seashore Santa

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Seashore Santa was crafted many years ago by an artist in Virginia Beach.

I fell in love with him at first sight.  Winter on the beach here is rarely very wintery.  December 16, 2013 Naturalization 008We have lots of bits and pieces wash up daily, and this Santa looks as though he’s just been for a walk on the beach, collecting bits of fishing net, shell, coral, starfish, rope, and even a companion sea gull.

It is often warm enough here for walks on the beach right through the winter, and many happy hours are spent looking for treasures the sea brings in with each tide.  Often the nicest shells wash up in winter, and those fortunate enough to live near the beach cherish these days of quiet and solitude by the sea.

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A beach along the James River at sunset in December

Only locals wander the sandy miles of oceanfront, where the only sounds are the roar of waves and call of the sea birds on the wind.  Bright sun glints off of the water and the dried beach grasses, while creamy foam often washes onto the beach from the tops of wind whipped breakers.

Even here in Williamsburg, we enjoy the beaches along our rivers year round.  Neighbors are fishing along the creeks and the rivers on all but the coldest, wettest days.  The marinas stay open as boaters come and go.  There are always joggers and walkers braving the weather for a bit of time along the river, breathing the fresh air, and seeing what fresh treasures might be found. December 17, 2013 flowers 053

This Santa speaks to the essence of the spirit of giving.  He has collected what he can so that he might fashion it into something useful which will bring joy to another.  This is always the nature of the old Santas.  Whether gathering the fruits of the forest; making wooden toys; patching together a quilt; baking nuts and fruit into a special cake; or spinning wool to knit and weave; real Christmas comes from the hands of love and the heart of caring.

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. 

                                                                                           Kahlil Gibran

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All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013

The Real Santa(s)

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