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Young woman wins state photo contest

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Briana Goodwin won an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department photo contest with this picture of a sunset on the beach at Port Orford.
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Fogbound and beautiful

ABOVE: A reflection in a pool stands out on a colorless beach. Photo by Bill Schlichting

Fog hugging has added a surreal appearance to the along American’s Wild Rivers Coast, giving the sand, rocks and breaking waves of the ocean whole new dimension.

The absence of color brings out the shapes of the large rocks, giving Lone Ranch Beach a three-dimensional feeling as the scenery appears to grow less visible, eventually disappearing. As one walks along the beach, new surprises come into view as they seemingly appear out of nowhere.

Where there is fog, there also is an absence of wind, such were the conditions on Monday. Ocean waves lap against the shore, creating a calming effect to anyone walking along a sandy beach.  The calm waters also mean less sand is being washed away. The stockpiles of sand bury many rocks exposed after winter storms.


Watching out for a rare bird

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Oystercatcher chicks stay close to their parents as they explore their environment – the rocky intertidal zone off the Oregon Coast.
If only all those junior high school English teachers could reappear to assign the ubiquitous essay, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” I’d know just what to write about.

I watched black oystercatchers.

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Festival of the Arts

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Visitors walk the Boardwalk during the Festival of the Arts. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
More people visited the 16th annual Festival of the Arts at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk this past weekend than in previous years.

Jo Mochulski, chair of the Festival of the Arts committee estimated about 9,000 people visited the event. The crowd was about the same as previous years on Saturday, but Sunday’s turnout, although less than Saturday’s, was more than in past festivals.

“It was terrific. The weather cooperated. The crowds were great and the vendors were all wonderful,” Mochulski said.

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Castles of sand

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A spectator watches intently as Mike Custer moistens his work to help keep it from falling apart. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
 The builder failed to apply for the proper permits and construction is weak. It would never pass the stringent Brookings building inspections.

In fact, its survival through the weekend is dependent on the wind, tides, humidity and the possibility of vandalism.

The epic, “Lord of the Rings” style sandcastle is the creation of Mike Custer of Vancouver, Wash., who began work on the castle Monday while camping at Harris Beach State Park.

Custer is a former sandcastle contest winner, having won first prize in both individual entries and team competitions at the Sandsations sandcastle contest in Long Beach Peninsula, Wash.

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