Misty view

I like the view of these houses perched on the bluffs above the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Like the trail I showed you yesterday, they’re close to an edge that moves ever closer. They have a wonderful view…but I’m not sure I’d care to be that up close and personal.

Trail closed - Copy

I’ve posted a number of shots of the eroding bluffs at the Dungeness Recreation Area. But I didn’t expect the south end to be completely closed like this. I don’t know if it’s a proactive effort to avoid further erosion or an attempt to keep people from climbing up a steep and particularly dangerous off limits area.

Trail closed 2 - Copy

Another parallel trail further inland is under construction but apparently it’s not ready yet. Walkers are diverted to another trail, along the edge of a marshy area. It was pictured in my post yesterday.

November snow 2

We don’t get snow here often. Yesterday morning it snowed, thanks to a cold front that muscled in from the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia. The Fraser River dumps its waters into the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver. The weather systems it shares travel south and west when its deep freezes go further afield. When we get snow it comes to us compliments of Canada.

November snow 1

We’re fairly close to sea level and got only an inch or so, small potatoes compared with anywhere else where snow is more common. It’s enough here to be exciting…and polite enough to melt away before we’re sick and tired of it. Works for me.

New Dungeness LH

Today’s City Daily Photo theme challenge is “landmark” and one of Sequim’s oldest and most distinctive is the New Dungeness Lighthouse. Opened in 1857 it guides maritime traffic away from the hazard of Dungeness Spit which juts into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

New Dungeness distance

The lighthouse is a five mile walk down the Dungeness Spit beach. Most people see it at a distance from land. But the New Dungeness Lighthouse Association, which maintains the station, supports a program that allows weeklong stays for volunteer lighthouse keepers (including transport in a four wheel vehicle). Volunteers stay in the Keeper’s Quarters, the building to the right, do light maintenance, and offer tours to visitors who’ve made the long walk to the lighthouse.

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Cattails

The cattails at Dungeness Recreation Area grew taller this summer than any year since we’ve been here, helped, I think, by flooding from a nearby irrigation canal. The “dusk” setting on my new little (lightweight!) camera gave me the first passable silhouette in the past two months I’ve tried to photograph them.