Shore Acres State Park – Various

Tuesday I spent several hours at this Oregon State Park, just south of Charleston.  This Park was once the site of a mansion owned by a wealthy local businessman which sat high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific.  The house is gone but there is an observation area out by the ocean which offers some spectacular views, both to the north and south:

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About 20 minutes after I took those photos, surprise surprise, a quick batch of coastal fog moved in:

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After the fog cleared (it didn’t last long) I stood at a high point above the ocean and waited for some coastal birds I have been keeping an eye out for.  When I first walked around to get the lay of the land I didn’t have my digital camera with me.  When it became apparent I would need it I went to retrieve it and saw this young buck munching on some grass near the parking lot:

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He wandered into the woods but I’d see him again shortly.  As I continued walking towards where I had parked I saw an usually colored squirrel:

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By the time I got a picture it had moved pretty far away.  I returned to the spot several times during the day but never saw it again.  It is a Douglas Squirrel and is dark on it’s back but had red or brown fur on it’s chest:

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(Photo credit: Kathy Munsel)

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(Photo credit: Ashok Khosla)

Once I had the digital camera and was walking back to watch for birds I saw the deer again, this time standing on his hind legs to eat berries out of a tree (when I lived in the farmhouse in Durham I used to see fully grown deer do this in the apple tree orchard just up the hill from the house).

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Back at the ocean overlook I spotted this rock down by the water with a very interesting pattern on it:

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