In our travels along the Oregon Coast we enjoyed the flora and fauna of the area.
First some pics of some of the animals and birds.
Deer in our campground at Ft. Stevens National Park near Astoria:
Sealions – at the dock at Newport:
|Here, the wildlife folks provide a safe haven for these majestic animals, including a closeable cage. One of the lions had a significant ‘rope burn’ on its neck, and a sign nearby explained that often the sea lions get entangled in seaweed|
or garbage, and when they’re seen on the cage platform, they’ll close the gates so they can safely anesthetize the animal and remove the foreign object.
The Sea Lion Caves have preserved a natural habitat for sea lions up and down the coast:
Here I learned the difference between the Northern (or Stellar) Sea Lion and the California Sea Lion – the Stellar is about 3 times bigger.
Once or twice we spied porpoise or dolphins playing in the water, but we weren’t quick enough to catch them on camera.
Birds abound in coastal areas. These Pigeon Guillemotes (hope I spelled that right) caught my eye with their bright orange feet:
Seagulls of course – alone, in pairs and in flocks:
As they flew overhead, we often wondered if we should be covering our heads, and I was reminded of the childhood rhyme:
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz
I wonder where the birdies is
A great big drop fell from the sky
I sure am glad that cows don’t fly
We were told there were puffin in the area, but this is the only one we saw:
There were lots of signs that elk reside in the area, but we didn’t see any.
As for flora – so much like our home area, but there were some plants new to us.
At Ft Worden, we found the largest arbutus tree we’ve ever seen:
There were some bushes that caught our eye, thinking one of them might just fill the empty spot in our front flower bed, but we don’t know what they are. If anybody can name any of these for us, we’d be grateful.
This one was at Coupeville:
These next two were seen at Cannon Beach:
In one campground, we thought we were seeing snow:
It was masses of little tiny daisies, one of my favorite flowers:
All together the scenery and wildlife added to the total enjoyment of our trip