Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Yaquina Head Lighthouse at Low Tide

"Exploring the Vast Sea Life Below an Oregon Lighthouse" 22 x 30 inch Painting in progess. Watercolor and pastel

There are a gazillion little and some rather large creatures that live near Yaquina head (near Newport, Oregon). My favorite time to be there is first thing in the morning, before anyone else is awake, during low tides.

The tide pools there are great - chalk full of all sorts of strange and interesting sea life. Sea lions vie for a good spot in the sun on the rock islands nearby. Inevitably there is always one sea lion pushing another off the rocks into the ocean. Plus there are three or four different types of birds nesting on the rocks and if one is lucky they will see a whale spouting in the distance.

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