Saturday, July 30, 2011
Whaleshead Beach is a small section of the Samuel H. Boardman State Park and Scenic Corridor that runs for miles along Oregon’s dramatic southern coast. The large sea stack in the shape of a whaleshead makes it easy to spot from the highway. There are a couple places to pull over for a view. One of them is definitely preferable both in terms of view and beach access. We pulled over at the other one.
Accessing any beach along the Scenic Corridor requires a steep hike down to the water. In this case, the trail required a significant amount of bushwhacking as well. It was only after we reached the bottom that we realized that just a few hundred yards farther north along the highway was a gravel road that descended to a parking area halfway to the beach. A far more reasonable trail continued down from there.
When we started down our “trail” the sun was setting and the beach was illuminated by a beautiful golden light. This didn’t last. As we descended, we watched a bank of fog roll in from the ocean and envelop the view. By the time we reached the beach there was no direct light at all. This is not uncommon on the coast and, depending on the density of the fog, it can result in even better conditions for photography. In this case we were able to enjoy both. The fog eventually thinned out enough to let some sun sneak back into the scene.
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