Thor’s Well

This hole in the ground is found along the Oregon coastline in Siuslaw National Forest. Best viewed from a distance, the process seen in this shot actually makes it quite hazardous. At low tide it shows up as nothing but a hole in the ground, but when the high tide is right or there are storms kicking waves in, the ocean can live up to the anger of its namesake.

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While following the sounds of a waterfall, this beautiful creature caught my eye. I was so surprised, all I could do was dance in place, trying not to squeal like a little girl! I started shooting away until I realized my settings were all set for a waterfall and not an owl sitting on a branch, looking annoyed with me! Fumbling around with my camera, while jumping up and down, I managed to get this half-way decent shot… and of course, the memories of this moment will always be crystal clear. ;)

Anyone know what kind of owl this is? This was taken in the Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon, USA.

The devil’s path (by Damon D. Edwards Photography)

As the sun begins to set and the tides begin to fade, the devil makes his escape into the vast Pacific Ocean. The devil made his way to the central coast of Oregon and made himself a home inside the cave buried deep beneath the rocks below. Devil’s Churn they call it. Thousands of years spent tearing at the basalt and volcanic rock of the rugged Oregon coast in what is now part of the Siuslaw National Forest along Highway 101. The narrow inlet, located at the bottom of a draw between two cliff faces, is approximately 125’ long from the mouth to the cave dwelling beneath the surface and about 10’ deep to the water at the lowest tide. The cave once was completely covered with rock, yet now all that remains of any true cave is a small portion at the churns end. Filled with a vast amount of rocks, when the oceans swells into the undersea cave, the noise generated is like that of a freight train running through it. The hairs stand on end with the sound and one can only imagine being caught at high tide anywhere near the churn, as the ocean surges out from the walls and into the small rock walled inlet.