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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Foggy Coast, Haystack Rock

Passing through the Costal Mountains from Portland on the way to the beach on a recent morning, heavy fog had settled into the valleys.

misty mountains, oregon coast range

Mist is a common occurrence in the coastal mountains, but usually as you get closer to the beach the wind coming in from the Pacific clears out the fog. But on this trip, I noticed the the rare absence of any breeze along the coast.

foggy haystack rock
haystack rock, cannon beach, oregon.

Haystack Rock, an old remnant basalt monolith that emerges from the surf near Cannon Beach, has been photographed about one hundred quadzillion times over the past century. However, it was such a rare atmosphere that it was a pleasure to hike out and capture a few images as the sun set.

Haystack Rock along the Oregon Coast.
haystack rock marine garden, oregon.

Haystack Rock is designated a Marine Garden by the Oregon Division Of Fish and Wildlife above the high-tide line, and it is also part of the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Haystack Rock at sunset
haystack rock, oregon island national wildlife refuge.



Cindy said...

Wow! the water and rocks are so crystal clear I feel like I could reach out and touch them. I need to go to the beach with you... your perspective looks different than what I've seen there. Great photos!!

PSYL said...

Those are amazing shots. It's foggy here in Vancouver, British Columbia too. Hope I will visit the rock one of these days.

OregonWild said...

PYSL - thanks. I have seen haystack rock hundreds of times over the years – but it never fails to impress when the light comes together.

dyana said...

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- clark - said...

Just amazing photography. I love the mountain summits and the fog drifting between. You have quite an amazing eye for this. What camera do you use to get pictures like the bat and the landscape?

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