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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waves Rolling In

There is nothing "spectactular" about this photo, except for the fact that I am standing as far back on the sand as I can without stepping up on the rock stairs leading up the dunes into town. And this is at low tide. The ocean is really high right now. Normally there is about 75 yards of beach between the rock stairs leading to the sand and the edge of the waves. Not this past weekend though! During the high tide, the ocean went halfway up the rock wall, which normally doesnt even get hit by the waves. Kinda scary!

I looked up more info on this weird high tide. It sounded like a Proxigean Spring Tide. The PST is a rare, unusually high tide. This very high tide occurs when the moon is both unusually close to the Earth (at its closest perigee, called the proxigee) and in the New Moon phase (when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth). The proxigean spring tide occurs at most once every 1.5 years. The new moon occured on Sunday. This photo was taken on Saturday. However, I looked it up and our last proxigee was on March 19th, and the next not until May 6th. So I guess it was just a freaky high water for no reason after all ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Low Tide

This photo was taken at the lowest tide that we saw this past weekend in Neskowin, OR. This view is looking south towards Proposal Rock. The water is extremely high still, even at low tide, for this stretch of beach. Normally during low tide, the water comes in only about 1/3 of the width of the large rock, leaving the 2/3 that face land accessable. On a normal day, you can climb the rock to the top for an amazing view of the ocean stretching out as far as you can see. Not this weekend though. The ocean surrounded the entire rock and never retreated enough. The rock barrier leading up the dune into town is a foot behind me as I am taking this photo. There was only a few feet of sand in places to keep your feet dry before the waves came up and got you. This made it impossible for any good beach strolling.