Overlooking Beards Hollow, the place where William Clark explored, very close to where we are parked. This area must have impressed him as it does me. It’s a northern rain forest. We hiked down to the landing and took pictures up and back.
Spring is evident, though its been cold and wet, even for this area.
Cottonwood seeding, and blowing about, covers sections of water like snow flakes.
People here enjoy riding horses and cars on the beach. They are wide, long and easily assessable.
The surf is tinged with a dirty brown from an oil spill. But the air was clean and invigorating.
Rock here is definitely a souvenir of old volcanic activity.
Harp rock, was named for its shape. Easy to climb about and explore. Lewis and Clark named obvious rocks so they could have reference points to give others and help their own navigation in new territory.
Volcanic Harp rock plays host to numerous small plants,vines, and trees.
Ferns unfurling resemble plants from the age of dinosaurs.
Without my Western Garden Book, with some consultation on the walk with others, we decided this huge leaved plant is angels lace. A new leaf and blossom extrude from the same sheath at the same time.
I spotted this little snake trying to get some sun on a dead tree.
The area we hiked through is also a wetlands. At one time, it was covered by ocean. In this pond full of giant water lilies, a lightweight bird, didn’t even dent its floating perch. This plant reminded me of edible greens. We returned home for lunch, refreshed and hungry.
We visited this beach in 2009 without the awful residue of oil. Hopefully we can return someday to find it clean again.
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