Test of the Tide: King Tide 2017-2018 Hits the Beach

The Pacific Northwest has weathered three bouts of high spring tides this King Tide season. King tides are the highest of the spring tides. On my home beaches, I’m talking about fall or winter spring tides. They occur during daylight, usually around noon, so they are easy to keep photographic track of. Combined with large…

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Standing Solitary in the Swash

First time I noticed the weathered old stump was seven and a half years ago. I didn’t think I’d see it again, but it was impressive, so I took a photo of my gear and myself leaning leaning against it. I got a chance to recreate the scene earlier this month. Notice any changes? I’ve…

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King Tide 2016

King Tide 2016 has come and gone. If you missed it, the winter season offers one more opportunity. Another round of high spring tides will test the capacity of coastal shorelines everywhere in mid-January, 2017. I wrote about the November 2016 King Tide in It’s Not This Time of Year Without High Tides and Crashing…

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Comparing King Tides

King tide is a nickname for the highest spring tides of the year and an important milestone for many people with ties to ocean shores.  I gave a little bit of information about it just over a year ago in King Tide.  There is an Oregon King Tide Photo Initiative, and similar projects at various coastal localities…

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They Don’t Call ’em Surfperch for Nothing

On November 23 I posted this image on the TOS Facebook Page with the words, “Chilly morning on theoutershores.  Will the fish bite on these?”  I had an interest in catching a few surfperch, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Why did that happen?  Why no fish?  I might be able to offer an explanation.  My explanation…

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What a Difference a Tide Makes

On the outer shores, it’s all about the tides. I took this photo in October when the tide was fairly low. Low tide that morning was projected to be 2.4′, a high low tide. Still, it’s low enough that my stuff, perched on a drift stump, is high and dry. High tide on a December…

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High, Low & In-between

When I’m exploring the outer shores, it’s all about the tides. What it feels like, what you see, even your safety, are all dependent on the tides. I took this photo on October 18, 2009, a little after high tide. High tide was 9.5′, a pretty high tide. I remember wanting to make sure I…

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