At the River’s End

What spirit rises to greet the sun
To capture the waves as the day’s begun
Where the eagle waits in an endless search
For the next tasty morsel from his seaside perch
Where the seagull capers, frolics and soars
Where the seals are resting on a tide washed shore
What spirit rises at the River’s End
And settles down while the soul mends
Where sunset paints a wondrous goodnight
In pastel beauty, oh what a sight.
This spirit, you wonder, who can it be?
Why tis I my friend. it’s me. It’s me.

When fire reaches the sky...the eye follows.

Jenner by the Sea #6
This was our last day here this trip.  It's always a bittersweet moment checking out. Glad to have been here; sad to be leaving. Looking forward to our next visit. Of course as the morning wore on, the clouds and fog lifted. We had a gloriously sunny drive home. I caught a few more shots of the area and some morning visitors from our deck.  I asked the manager if we could purchase the old run down cabin below our deck, right on the beach.  He just smiled.  Sigh!
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Jenner by the Sea #5
The daylight faded in clouds with spots of sun.  I set up on our deck just in case. I was hoping for just one night with the amazing sunsets this place is known for.  Sunset was to be at 8:45pm, but at 8:30pm things were pretty dismal looking. I was about to break my gear down and pack up for trip home the next morning. Then suddenly there was just a hint of orange glow in the clouds (first image in this set). I held on, and It was fortunate that I did as things turned incredibly colorful in just a few minutes.  I made over a hundred images in about twenty minutes.  What you see here are the best of the set and a few will look like the same image.  I was watching the colors change, and the clouds move around. Every subtle change brought another shot. I was not disappointed; blue, grey. purple, red, pink, orange and yellow...WOW!
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Jenner by the Sea #4
This is day three of our summertime Jenner trip. When this day started it seemed promising.  There was a bit of sun at daybreak and the shadows on the rocks were dynamic.  Some Pelicans visited along with some Mergansers, a Sparrow, and a Hummer.  Donna wanted to just hang out and relax, so I packed up my gear and hit the road, determined to find the ideal locale for a shoot with a different perspective of the coast. The day soon turned grey and foggy.  My plans for that perfect sunny morning shoot was a goner.  And yet there was still some wonder to the world and I captured much more than I expected. There is a spot along the PCH just north of Jenner called the Vista Trail that leads to the Sanoma Coast Overlook.  It's a fifteen minute walk through the meadows leading to an awesome overlook of the coast.  The meadow is rife with flowers. Wildflowers are incredibly beautiful.  On the coast they take on an entirely new aspect. The moisture in the air brings out the colors even when subdued in a grey background.  And of course...there is the Pacific Northwest Coastline. The only other places I've seen that can compare are Maine and the western coast of Ireland.
This day's set is a long one, so I split June 27 in two, day and night. The night shots are tremendous, in my humble opinion. Stay tuned...
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Jenner by the Sea #3
On this our second day this trip the weather was not much better than when we arrived.  Very cloudy and windy.  The sea was in turmoil.  The gulls and Sealions stayed within the protection of the river mouth. This did make for some awesome wildlife photos. I was surprised to see the Gull taking a starfish. the sealions were wary of me but I didn't get close enough to scare them off. There are a couple of Sealion nursery designated areas on the river side of the beach.  I nearly stumbled into one becasue I was so engulfed in image making that I missed the signs. One momma had a recent battle scar of some sort. The tiny town of Jenner is so postcard-like I could spend days just capturing the various aspects of its ambiance. Again, I would love to live there.
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Jenner by the Sea #2
This was our first day of the second trip here this year.  It was to be a portent of what was to come, overcast and foggy with occasional sunshine. We got here late in the afternoon so there wasn't a lot of photography happening.  I waited with anticipation for day two.  Our first trip we rented a cabin which had more room and a better view of the River's end. This time the only room available was in the main building, basically a bedroom with a deck below the restaurant.  This too was a great place with a grand view.
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Jenner by the Sea #1
I made day trips to this area a few times when the scenery from the deck of, and the one meal I had at the River's End Restaurant and Inn so impressed me that I was determined to come back and stay at least one night. These images are from our first stayover, and boy were we ever impressed. I'd had to leave before full sunset on my day trips. I don't like driving at night. This trip convinced me that I wanted to be able to stay here forever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The sea is my spinach. I feel renewed the second I smell it. I feel energized the moment I hear it crash against the shore. I dread leaving days before the event. I will return here time and again and never tire of the life and light it bestows.
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