the ocean at Christmas

First, to anyone who celebrates a winter holiday, happy holidays to you!

Second, the days are getting longer!  Not noticeable at first, but it will be soon.  Nowhere to go but up, now.

Third, here in the Pacific Northwest, it really doesn’t rain all winter, although you couldn’t prove it by looking out my windows right now.  At least it isn’t snowing, which was a distinct possibility according to the forecast.  Which is why I made my traditional coastal pilgrimage on Christmas Eve this year instead of Christmas Day.  Yesterday was a pretty day, or at least the afternoon was.

I hauled off and forgot my camera, though, so you’ll have to take my word for it.  You will not, however, have to take my word for how gorgeous it was year before last, when I took many, many pictures, including some of views I’ve not been able to catch before or since, especially not this time of year.

 

Taken on the beach at Westport
Taken on the beach at Westport
The ocean view from the promenade path.
The ocean view from the promenade path.
A view from the promenade path.
Another view from the promenade path.
Detail from one of the memorial plaques along the promenade.
Detail from one of the memorial plaques along the promenade.
The Westport jetty and Ocean Shores across the mouth of Grays Harbor
The Westport jetty and the town of Ocean Shores across the mouth of Grays Harbor
The Westport jetty with waves, from the promenade path.
The Westport jetty with waves, from the promenade path.
The Olympic Mountains from the promenade path.
The Olympic Mountains from the promenade path.
View from the paved path on the dunes south toward the ocean.
View from the paved promenade path on the dunes south toward the ocean.
Tsunami evacuation sign.
Tsunami evacuation sign.  These are all over the place, but out on that peninsula, there’s really nowhere to go in a hurry.