Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Ocean’

What a wonderful challenge idea Cee.

Here is my story of water – from droplet to ocean and back again. I hope you enjoy the rather lengthy journey.

The first stop is two drops of water that are held by bits of moss.

Raindrops on moss

Raindrops on moss

While much of this water will sink back into the earth to replenish aquifers or run off to do duty elsewhere, some will evaporate. Evaporated these two water drops band together with millions of billions of others to form clouds that can be jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Rural Railroad Crossing - July 19, 2013 - 73

However, those same water drops can become nightmarishly dangerous if you are driving on a rural highway in the blinding rain.

Traveling America - Downpour on Highway 2-2

Of course these water drop can also fall in the form of snow …

In the Cascades - April 17, 2013 - 43

or may become ice and form gigantic glaciers or the most delicate of structures.

Flight.

The gathering of water is among the most common sights on earth given that more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.

Water readily forms puddles …

Circlepalooza - April 19, 2013

and ponds.

Spring at Army Ammunition Plant - May 05, 2014 - 068

Left to its own devices  it will gather into cleansing wetlands.

Cherokee Marsh in the Fog - September 26, 2013 - 53

Water is the great way station and play station for a myriad of wildlife from Canadian Geese

Goose Prepares for Flight - October 02, 2013 - 68-E

to bald eagles (here an immature bald eagle)

Immature Bald Eagle - January 10, 2014 - 15

to Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill Cranes1

When the drops of water do not sink into the ground, they gather together first into streams …

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0038

that lead to great lakes like Lake Michigan

Sunset on Lake Michigan

and mighty rivers like the Columbia River

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0416

… all inexorably making their way to the oceans.

Here we see two surfers in the Pacific near Cannon  Beach in Oregon,

Surfers near Cannon Beach. OR

while the view of the Pacific in Monterey is much more peaceful.

There is a House Back There

It is in the oceans that the water, heated by the sun, drives the climate. Eventually that water freshened by evaporation raises itself again and ultimately gathers itself into the weather systems we watch for and when the rain falls we see in it our own renewal.

Self-portrait

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Seventeen Mile Drive Trip - 125 - April 20, 2012

This Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge covers a lot of [resisting the pun] territory. Despite that, I could not resist adding fog and the Pacific ocean into the mix. I hope you enjoy my ground, rocks, sand, dirt, path, walk and trail leading toward the Pacific Ocean near 17 Mile Drive in Monterey.

As always an excellent photo challenge, this time focusing on the sea/ocean and what it means to us.

Wing and water

The first time I ever saw an ocean was from about 20,000 feet. (I’m just guessing; I was a kid.) My family was traveling to California on our one and only “airplane vacation.”  I was about thirteen as I stared out of the plane window at this immense, seemingly never-ending expanse of water. As we got closer I saw that it was dotted with little boats that I eventually learned were some of the very largest ships in the world. I’m pretty sure that during parts of our flight we were higher than we were when I first saw the Pacific.  Since I peered out of the window for most of the trip, it’s likely that I was able to see further than I could when I first saw the ocean.  But the scale of the Pacific dwarfed everything because it was just one thing – a unitary whole. In contrast, flying overland meant seeing mile after mile of clearly defined sections and quarters broken up by roads and cities, by long miles of fields with different colors and irrigation circles, speckled by lakes and divided by rivers and mountain ranges. In other words, the rest of the world was made of parts, but the ocean was just one thing – and that one thing was vast. While I knew from geography class that what I could see of the ocean even from way up in that plane was just a bit of the earth, I think it was then that I first really appreciated how big our planet is and how small we really are.  It was not too many years after that when I started hearing that the oceans were so big that we could dump our waste in them forever or fish this or that particular species as rapidly as possible without any problems. I remember thinking, yes, they are vast, but there are many of us and we are growing fast and if we assume we can’t do any harm, we are taking a big risk because the size of the oceans also means we don’t know much about them yet.

Cannon Beach Detail

Cannon Beach in Oregon is one of the better known of the photo opportunities in the state. Being quite the nature photographer it struck me that actually taking a look at what was happening to the beach as a result of something other than people and waves might be worthwhile. It turns out that water is heading to the oceans (and traversing the beach) from a number of sources large and small. Here is one of the many fresh water streams contributing their part to the Pacific.

Cannon Beach

I saw some photos of the coast of Oregon many, many years ago and for some reason “Oregon Coast” just stuck in my head. I happened to have the opportunity to visit Oregon for a few days and finally got to see the coast, but only for a few hours so my question was where do I go to take some pictures? From checking things out, the answer seemed to be almost anywhere you have a few days to look around. Lacking that I took the easy way out and went to the Cannon Beach area. It was supposed to be cloudy, which I guess is typical – instead it was brilliantly sunny. I am plowing through the photos and haven’t decided yet how I did. I was trying for shots that were different and when I do that I am not smart enough to avoid making tons of mistakes. Here is one of my first shots. Comments are appreciated.