Along the lower Umpqua River in western Oregon. This point is just about 7 miles (12 km) above the Umpqua River's mouth along the Pacific Ocean at Winchester Bay.
This is a beautiful elk viewing area and I drove past a large heard grazing just east of here. It was windy and really pouring rain. I stopped here as there is a large wood shelter where I could (at least partially) get out of the elements with the tripod. I was surprised to see a park ranger patrolling the area on foot in this weather. He said he lived here and it is an ongoing labor of love. He enthusiastically pointed to a large hollow tree where he said a bald eagle had established his home. We enjoyed meeting one another as the rain blew sideways.
Should you wish to see what the Umpqua River looks like (off to my left) - here is a link taken from a gentle rise along the highway just west of this spot. Koepke Slough runs along that flat area where the river widens at right.
[tomorrow]: We take a break for our 'Stupid Tuesday' / 'Fine Art Nude' fans - with one of my favorite images from 2008. Back to the Oregon rains in Reedsport on Wednesday - as these travels continue towards California.
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