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Dreamlike Oregon Coast: Surreal Fusions of Sea, Sky and Sand

Monday August 31, 2015    1:42 PM
(Oregon Coast) – One of the more distinct (and surreal) pleasures of hitting the beaches of Oregon is when you find just the right combination of a seamless blend of sea, sky and sand. It's not simply that the sky is reflected in a wet beach – although that's the basics you need to get such dreamlike drama. It's the awe-inspiring gigantic-ness of it. The sheer size of the sky in the sand, on such a scale that it's a tad disorienting.

One of the pleasures of this coastline is looking down and for a fleeting moment it feels as if you may actually just walk into the sky. It's a wild, head-spinning sensation where it seems you may step onto clouds.

Like the shots above and below, taken in Manzanita.

It's mid December on the north Oregon coast, and Manzanita is surprisingly not as chilly as you'd think. In fact, the ocean has a moderating influence on the region, keeping the beach towns actually warmer than inland towns in winter much of the time.

A bit unusual are these fat, puffy clouds, however, which tend to happen more in spring than any other time of year. These allow the sun to bounce off them and cut through them in fascinating ways you don't get with other kinds of weather. Couple that with wet sand, and you have a striking, surreal landscape.


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