Bandon Beach Spring Morning

Bandon Beach

We left Sunset Bay in the morning and headed south for the Redwoods. We drove the winding Seven Devils Road towards Bandon. The morning was gray and drizzly, but started clearing up as we got closer to Bandon. I wanted to scout out some photography spots on the way south, so we planned to stop along the way.

The sun was trying to break through the fog when we got to the beach viewpoint.

Bandon Beach Spring Morning

I was playing with long exposures using a 6 stop ND filter. The image below is 3.2 seconds long, the one above is 1/60th of a second. They are slightly different compositions, but the longer exposure blended the fog together and hid the blue sky.

Bandon Beach Long Exposure

We stopped at the Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint along Bandon Beach Loop Road. If you ever wondered why it is called Face Rock, now you can see it.

Hey, did you ever wonder why they call it Face Rock

Denny Dyke was busy this morning drawing labyrinths in the sand. We saw a broadcast about this on OPB “Oregon Field Guide” a few years ago. The link to the original story is here, it was great to see it in person, too bad the light wasn’t very good for shooting images. The yellow flowers are on gorse plants. Gorse is prickly, highly flammable and is an invasive species. The Bandon fires, which burned down most of the town, in 1914 and 1936 were fueled by gorse.

Bandon Sand Labyrinth

South of Port Orford we stopped at the Prehistoric Gardens, which our grandson enjoyed. Dinosaur models were spaced out along a trail through the woods.  Along the trail was a small creek with skunk cabbage growing in it. The flowers emit an odor that gives them their common name, not exactly skunk-like, but it is strong and distinctive. Skunk cabbage was important to Indigenous people, who dug the roots and roasted them for food. Bears also dig out the roots and eat them in the spring after coming out of hibernation.

Skunk Cabbage Blooming in the spring

Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Further south we stopped at Thunder Cove. We walked down the trail toward the ocean listening to the waves. The swells were high enough that every few sets a wave would boom like thunder as it hit the back of the cove. We walked further along the trail to a viewpoint on a cliff. We soaked up the sun and relaxed listening to the ocean waves crash against the rocks.

Ocean waves crashing against the rocks along the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor, Oregon

The view to the north from our sunbathing spot. Sunbathing in March along the Oregon Coast means we unzipped our rain coats, but we left them on for windbreakers.

View of Yellow Rock from Thunder Cove Area

We drove down the coast to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, in California, to camp for the night.