Dungeness Light Station

Dungeness Light Station

On clear days you can easily see Dungeness Light Station from the edge of Dungeness Bay. Getting a good shot of it is trickier without a powerful zoom lens. I can thank Photoshop enhancements for helping with this one.

You may see partially submerged logs in the Bay. Winter storms and currents carry these through the waterways. Some are downed trees that are washed down our rivers. Occasionally some are escapees from log booms.

Graveyard Spit

Graveyard Spit

Graveyard Spit is a long finger of land that juts south off Dungeness Spit into Dungeness Bay. In September 1868 it got its name after a band of 26 S’Klallam Indians attacked 18 Tsimshian Indians camped on the spit before a planned trip across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. All but one of the Tsimshians were killed and buried on the spit.

Chilly

Frost 2

We went from wet to freezing overnight the other night, from flooding to frozen. The new year launched with the coldest night yet, 18 degrees F (7 C.). It gets cold like this when the skies are clear. This gives us frost, not snow.

Frost 1

It snows here when freezing precipitation travels south from the Frazer River Valley in British Columbia. So far it’s kept the snow to itself. But it’s certainly cold enough to bundle up.

The Shires

Shires 1

Last week I posted a shot of a barn and mentioned my affection for the Shire draft horses that live at the farm. Though the horses have been pastured lately at some distance from the road, here are a few older shots that can show you these beautiful animals.

Shires 2

They are big and solid looking horses.

Shires 3

The Shires at this farm are used for plowing and the farmer has taught classes in how to work with horses.

Soggy

Wheeler Park

We’ve had a lot of rain lately. And there’s no better rain gauge than the Dungeness River. It’s running high, very fast, and very muddy.

The shot above is of Mary Luke Wheeler County Park on Ward Road, a sweet spot along the river. The Dungeness has come up to the parking lot. The river bank is completely submerged. I posted a shot of the river taken here last month. The spot where I stood is underwater.

Big muddy 1

During summer the Dungeness water level drops and it’s usually a clear blue. Right now we’re in the chocolate milk color spectrum.

Big muddy 2

Trees are submerged to well inland of the typical water’s edge and you can see the current whipping around their trunks.