Star trails on the Oregon Coast photographed in the middle of the night.
I want to be sure to credit photographer Timothy Linn for this awesome video you can read his full blog post below.
Linn writes:The ride up Oregon’s wild and scenic Rogue River is one of them. The 104 mile round trip up the Rogue, one of the original eight rivers protected by the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, is half wildlife safari and half amusement park ride. This video focuses on the latter. It was shot using a Canon PowerShot S95 in an underwater housing.
The video only hints at the amount of wildlife that can be seen in and along the river. On this trip we saw Canada geese, harbor seals, dozens of turkey vultures, ospreys everywhere, several bald eagles, herons, three bears, a number of river otters including one that was eating a lamprey for lunch, and a deer with a couple spotted fawns. Because of this…continued
The full blog post that accompanies this video can be found at: blog.tlinn.com/1295/rogue-river-oregon/
©2011 Timothy Linn. All Rights Reserved.
Even though it is narrated in French you won't miss a bit of the excitement watching this action-packed video of the Wapala Windsurf Competition 2011 in Gold Beach.
101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach # 5 – Agate Hunting
Gold Beach Blue Agate
For those big city dwellers (like me – former Jersey Girl – turned So. California transplant – turned part-time Gold Beach Resident) who are unfamiliar with wildlife in Southern Oregon, hunting agates does not require a bow and arrow or a rifle. (a little cabin fever humor here – I have been indoors for almost 24 hours waiting for John to return from his fishing expedition).
Anyway back to the agates… they are a member of the quartz family of minerals. They are centuries old and can be polished to a high gloss. They are perfect for making handmade jewelry especially wire-wrapped rings (one of my favorite activities) because they are very hard stones. Here are some tips to consider before you begin your Agate hunt:
1. A site where you can learn more about how to identify them. Go to 4facets.com
2. Start at the beach just north of he north Rogue River jetty
3. The best time to hunt is following high tides and or a storm
4. Most agates will be found in the gravel among larger stones, furthest from the surf line.
I'm ecstatic to say that I am here in Gold Beach and boy am I enjoying myself! I'm bursting with excitement and wanted to spread the joy and love, so I decided to post 101 things to be thankful for in Gold Beach over the next week while I am here.
# 1 Cedar Bend Golf Club – a great place to practice your putt putt – a nine hole public gold course where your best shots come in two ways – with the iron and with the camera.
# 2 Salmon Run Gold Course – World Class Golf – World Class Natural Beauty – thirty minutes from Gold Beach in Chetco River Valley.
Here's what they look like and the scoop on each:
Cedar Bend Golf Course
This 9-hole mentally engaging course features 3,000 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The entire course is a par-72 measuring from 5,231 yards to 6,288 yards long. In general, the course has plenty of challenge for the best golfers, but also plenty of forgiveness for people new to the game. Water comes into play on almost every hole. The beautiful Cedar Fork Creek which golfers must cross on several of the holes, meanders through the course. It's clear waters and smooth stone base make it look inviting on hot summer days. For the entire scoop click on this link: Cedar Bend Gold Course
Salmon Run Golf Course
Thirty minutes south of Gold Beach in the Chetco River Valley, Salmon Run is a 18-hole course that offers golfers innumerable challenges. Just out of th wind and fog that someitime visits the South coast, Salmon Run, with its narrow fairways, put a high demand on accuracy. But the greens are large and well-maintained and there are birdy possibilities on several short par 4's and par 3's. For more information check out the offical site Salmon Run Golf Course
Each year the eternal cycle of life continues as the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery collects, nurtures and then releases tens of thousands of young Salmon into the Rogue River. It is truly a labor of love.
Each year thousands of Salmon return to the streams in which they were born in order to spawn. Many of these fish are captured at the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery fish ladders or netted in the Rogue River. They are used as brood stock to help replenish and sustain the salmon populations. This drama takes place each year near Gold Beach Oregon. This clip is dedicated to the selfless efforts of both the volunteers and the staff of the Oregon Department Of Fish & Wildlife. Thanks from Green Water Films. (Public Domain Music By US Air Force Band)
Winter on the Oregon Coast brings storm watching, the annual gray whale migration and Gold Beach is a great place to see them. The week between Christmas and New Years Day is Whale Watching week all along the Oregon Coast.
Gray whales are passing the coast in peak numbers at that time on their yearly southbound migration from Alaskan waters to the warm lagoons of Baja California in Mexico. At 28 sites, from the Washington border to the California border, trained volunteers help visitors spot the whales and can share information about the habits of these mammoth sea creatures. Stick around for a while and you’re likely to see whales pop out of the water head first, exposing nearly the length of their sleek bodies. Or you may catch a dive with the V-shaped tale fins in full view. Look for “Whale Watching Spoken Here” signs along the coastal highway, US Highway 101, to point you to one of the staffed sites.
Watch this video for some helpful information about how to Whale Watch.
I am really excited to post my first podcast from the Hilltop House Travel blog. Just click on the button right below to listen.
Thanks for stopping by – take care!
Well it’s supposed to never rain in Southern California, but it is pouring today in El Cajon an east county suburb of San Diego. The storm makes me homesick for Gold Beach and the winter storms that take place there. This video is about one in nearby Grants Pass. I love the sound of the storm. I hope we experience one when we go up there for Thanksgiving.
When I was a child I remember seeing a movie that left a great impression on me and was probably the reason I became a painter and visual artist. The movie was “Portrait of Jeanie” and in the movie the most dramatic scene was the scene that played out on the rocks near a beautiful lighthouse.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse — Circa: 1870 — Operational
Pictured above is Cape Blanco – here is some information about it:
Facts: 59′ Tower • Focal Plane 256′ (245′) • Visibility: 22 miles • Signal: Flash White 20 Seconds
Latitude: 42 50.2 N • Longitude: 124 33.8 W
1st Order & Current 2nd Order Lens French Lenses by: Henry-LePaute
National Register of Historic Places #73002339 • Listed April 21, 1993
Information sourced: Discover Oregon Lighthouses
Lighthouses have always held a great curiosity for me – especially the ones I get to visit in Port Orford. Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, has lots of other wonderful things going for it too! From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect wind sailing conditions.
It has a very active artistic community, (another reason I love it) with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents.
It makes a great day trip from Hilltop House in Gold Beach and when you get hungry you can choose from a series of restaurants where you can enjoy creative cuisine, a New York-style Italian trattoria, great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.
Just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.Here are a few more pictures to enjoy of Port Orford.