Our second day at Cannon Beach, OR, was overcast – and as we waited for the sun to return, we enjoyed the opportunity to explore the beach.
You can tell the mammoth size of Haystack Rock, by looking at the miniature size of the people standing around the rock’s base in the distance.
The ocean can be beautiful in its mood swings, from sunshine to overcast…changing the entire perspective of the water’s edge.
David and I pose here in a photo cropped from the following picture – the tide was out and we spent a good amount of time exploring the exposed barnacle covered rock formations, that were normally underwater.
You can see from these massive rock formations that were now exposed to sunlight, just how far the tide had to retreat to reveal them completely like this.
David enjoyed examining the exposed rocks for all the muscles, barnacles and little sea creatures that were now exposed to direct air and sunlight.
Like an interesting wallpaper pattern behind him, the freshly exposed rocks teeming with marine life became the most fascinating mosaic to study and investigate.
Don, with the patience of a saint, helps David explore one of the many tidal pools of sea water left behind in the rock depressions, after the tide withdrew overnight.
Pointing out interesting marine features, Don assists David in exploring the exposed rocks, while David seems to be intrigued with something interesting himself.
Don helps David identify different aspects of the freshly exposed marine life, explaining to him the differences between all the types of sea creatures.
Don holds a starfish for David to study, while explaining the finer points and details about how the starfish lives among the coastal rocks.
We were fortunate to have the “Haystack Rock Awareness Program” available for David to participate in – a mobile outdoor science class on wheels for the children to learn from and enjoy.
The “Haystack Rock Awareness Program” was a great opportunity for their staff to explain to David and the other children the nature of marine life and tidal action along Cannon Beach.
A small crab holds onto David’s finger as the “class” discusses how crabs live, eat and survive along the tidal areas, keeping the children very focused and attentive.
As the sun was trying to break through the overcast, families began strolling along the beautiful, wide sandy beach.
Don and Margrit pose along with David and I as my wife takes our photo, on what was turning out to be another fun day at Cannon Beach.
David poses on a wet beach, with his reflection mirroring him in the receding waters of the Pacific – this was a great opportunity for David to enjoy the seashore again.
David and I stand on an isolated stretch of beach, while I investigate the lighting and opportunities for my next photo – photography is a hobby I’ve always enjoyed since my days living in Seattle from 1977-79.
I’ve left my swing beside my wife to take this picture, while she, David and Margrit continue with the pleasant childhood pastime on a very enjoyable day.
Overcast skies are mirrored in the smooth, wave action on the beach – sheets of smooth, reflective water recede back to the sea in preparation for the next wave to wash ashore.
A statue of Lewis and Clark celebrates the two great explorers and their expedition to discover, explore and open a passage to the northwest and Pacific Ocean.