Scenes from the Northern Oregon Shore, 2020

January 25

Overturned and buried stump | Only the lower root crown is exposed
Bull kelp remnant | There’s something compelling about decay

January 26

Seascape with clouds, mist, lot of white in the surf zone
Moody Pacific Northwest vibe

March 8

Sunset sets off the zone of green seaweed

March 9

Everybody’s goal is to find a whole sand dollar

July 6

Pisaster, patrolling the lower boundary of the mussel bed

July 7

This image would makes a good quiz | How many different animals and seaweeds can you find?

July 13

Every summer, the beach is littered with Dungeness crab molts | It’s easy to imagine the former inhabitant stepping right out of its old, slightly too small exoskeleton

August 19

Kelp curves | Laminaria setchellii

August 20

Perched in the Hedophyllum | Eye on an active sea

October 17

Looking up into a monoculture of Ammophilla
Foredune and a near-monoculture of Ammophila
Bleached claw on dry sand, almost up at the base of the foredune
Bleached on the backshore | Pinching claw, Dungeness crab

Favorite Images of 2020


  1. From the tiniest minutae to the grand view Steve, your images are always wonderful. Your part of the coastline is so different from mine and yet the ocean delivers its wonders to us every minute of every day. Your captures of its creatures and plant life are always fascinating. May you find and share many more treasures in the coming year.

    1. Thank you so much for your 2021 wishes. And here’s to the differences and similarities of our shores! Great challenge, Tina. It was hard to get it down to favorites. I wish all the best for you in 2021.

      1. I once read it’s an important discipline to winnow down your number of favorites each year. Rather like deciding which is your favorite child! You did very well my friend!

    1. Hi! So sorry I’m just getting back to you. I’m always letting things slip through the cracks. Thank you. I was the perfect challenge for me. Perked me up to put a few images together. I’m happy you liked them.- Steve

  2. Now – each one is a work of art, Steve. The colours, the forms and patterns, the textures…Close or faraway – always, always fantastic! Best wishes for the new year!

    1. Thank you, John! I didn’t get out much this year, and I wasn’t going to do it, and then at the last minute, I thought it would be good for me, so I did it. Thanks for the feedback.- Steve

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