Photo shoot

Looking at my shot yesterday a couple of people noted that the ground under the bluff at Dungeness Recreation Area didn’t look all that solid. Too right! So you can imagine my surprise a day or two later when we noticed the people shown above staging an intimate little photo shoot below the bluff, not far from yesterday’s shot.

This is not an accessible area. You can rappel down the sandy cliff or walk back along the beach from Dungeness Spit. However it’s accessed this is not a good place to perch and I’m sure that the area manager would be plenty upset.

Bluff perspective

Here’s a longer perspective of this spot taken a couple of years ago. You may notice a speck of bird — that’s an eagle. This spot is favored by birds, mostly seagulls. So even if it were a sensible place for taking pictures it wouldn’t rank high in my book for somewhere to lie down. Notice all the white specks in the shot up above? They’re not feathers.

Sunset watchers

We’ve had some spectacular sunsets lately with lots of people driving out to the Dungeness Recreation Area bluffs to take them in. Some pull up, hop out, take a picture or two, and drive off. Others linger. Part of this group even took a walk, something I heartily recommend.

Thistles

Throughout summer thistles grow, bloom, and then go to seed. They have tough, toothed leaves with sharp spines and thick, fibrous roots. I can’t find anything to recommend them.

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This time of the year thistles go to seed. They produce downy puffs, prodigious amounts of them, that get airborne in our afternoon breezes. I looked out a window the other day to see great drifts of thistle puffs blowing past like a peculiar summer snowstorm.

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The fluffy seeds get caught on anything in their path. Then with fall rains they wash into the soil and continue the cycle.

Double Eagle

Here’s the restaurant that’s located next to the totem pole I showed you yesterday. (You can see the top of the pole at the right of this photo.) The Double Eagle Restaurant is located at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course. It serves dinner and specializes in steak and seafood. At the back of the building is Stymie’s Bar and Grill which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a more casual atmosphere. This is another of the businesses run by the local Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

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Olympic Lavender Farm was sold to new owners last year and if I’m not mistaken it also has a new sign. The owners have two other lavender growing sites in the Dungeness area in addition to this five acre plot.

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The Olympic Lavender farm is 19 years old and plans are afoot to plant thousands of additional lavender plants here this fall. Like many of our other farms, Olympic Lavender has a farm store and a variety of lavender products created with their organic blossoms.