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Harbor Seal at Yaquina Lighthouse, Oregon! (+6 insets)

(+6 insets)

Harbor Seal Pupping Season at Yaquina Head Light House!
Everywhere along the coast of Oregon, there are so many wonderful things to see! One day we went out to the mouth of the Yaquina River, which featured the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We read that there were tide pools and seals, trails and magnificent views. We were not prepared for the wonderful things we'd see that day!

As luck would have it, we arrived during harbor seal pupping season! Furthermore, I nearly vibrated with excitement when I found out the area around Yaquina Head had a colony of seals there! In fact, to keep them safe, part of the accessible beach where the mothers and pups frequented was cordoned off and watched by eagle-eyed caretakers who were quick to tell anyone too close to please stay behind the tape. Yes! With all of the selfish ignoramuses out there, were very pleased that the seals had protectors looking out for them!

Today's Picture
Who doesn't love to watch seals?! They are like huge sea puppies and I adore them! Although the main attraction was the mothers and pups laying around on the algae-covered rocks, spotting them swimming around was a great game! I managed to get this incredibly lucky shot of an adult popping out of the water on its back and turning over, with a spray of water launched next to it. It's one of my very best sea life pictures! :)

Today's Insets
Inset #1: The main draw of this area is the gorgeous Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Viewed from the rocky beach near the Harbor Seal pupping grounds, you can see the wonderful tide pools found all up and down the coast here.

Inset #2: The algae-covered rocks where the Harbor Seals raised their pups were full of rolly-polly moms and their babies. I couldn't stop cooing as I took pictures! :) How nice it was to have my Sony RX10 IV bridge camera with its 24-600 lens! I couldn't have gotten any worthwhile seal pictures without this super camera!

Inset #2: At the far side of the accessible part of the beach I spotted a little cove where a mother had come out of the water, her pup just visible at her side. She looks rather non-plussed, don't you think?! :D

Inset #4: Cormorants and other sea birds covered the rocks at the far side of the beach and Steve and I enjoyed watching their antics. I was happy to see that the area was cordoned off too, as the birds were busy planning families too. They were far enough away that I wasn't sure any pictures would turn out and I was delighted when I found this picture turned out so nicely!

Inset #5: Yaquina Head's Cobble Beach was very unique because it was covered with true cobble stones, something we'd never encountered before. These polished rocks were slippery to walk on--warning signs were posted!--and they created an incredibly loud, almost musical tone as you walked carefully over them.

Inset #6: The tide pools next to the rocky beach were teeming with life! This image shows some anemones and mussels that we saw, surrounded by different kinds of algae.

Thank You For Visiting!
Every time I check on my new presentation my face breaks out is such a big smile. It makes me so happy that you folks come to visit, even though I've been so negligent in my reciprocal visits. We've been getting so much frost in the mornings but in the afternoon it's warming up and Steve and I, with Pumpkin too, are going on walks in preparation for our upcoming adventures! Hope you're all healthy and doing well!

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33 comments

Boro said:

Excellente !!
4 months ago ( translate )

Stephan Fey said:

The main pic is absolutely fascinating!!!
4 months ago ( translate )

Karl Hartwig Schütz said:

Great shot!
4 months ago

Peter Castell said:

A superb capture Janet
4 months ago ( translate )

Boarischa Krautmo said:

super!
beautiful set of pictures.
4 months ago ( translate )

Malik Raoulda said:

Admirable et d'une beauté exceptionnelle.
Bonne soirée salutaire.
4 months ago ( translate )

Jeff Farley said:

An excellent shot Janet.
Many thanks for posting to FFF.
4 months ago

Günter Klaus said:

.......mei,da hast du aber wieder so schöne Aufnahmen gemacht liebe Janet,richtig herzig diese Robben,bin immer begeistert von deinen Aufnahme,weil du auch immer so eine schöne Auswahl triffst liebe Janet:))

.........wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
4 months ago ( translate )

Jenny McIntyre said:

What super pictures, Janet. I'm so glad that you did take that fabulous camera - you have really managed to capture some amazing shots of the seals and birds. I'm so pleased that there were people there to make sure they weren't disturbed. They are such beautiful creatures and as for that main picture - you really surpassed yourself with that. It's simply stunning. I love rock pools and living as I have, near the sea, I used to search rock pools all the time. Some of them are like miniature gardens
4 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Awesome series! Stay well!

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4 months ago ( translate )

José Manuel Polo said:

Magnífico trabajo.
4 months ago ( translate )

Ronald Losure said:

These photos are all excellent, Janet - among your best, I think. Thank you so much for sharing them. This is such an exotic place for me. Best wishes.
4 months ago

PascalL said:

superbe série
4 months ago ( translate )

Krisonteme said:

Magique!!
4 months ago ( translate )

Pam J said:

INCREDIBLE PHOTOS

A GLORIOUS PLACE !
4 months ago