Sunbeams Over a Pacific Beach

Our winter weather has finally set in…and with a vengeance. Last weekend while camping at the beach we had to deal with the winter trinity; cold, wind and rain. But all was forgiven when we were bathed in sunbeams after the storms.

 

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Behind the Photo

Although the sun was doing its best to make a showing, we still had to contend with the wind. You can see the ripples on the rain puddle. Speaking of which all theses puddles on the beach testify to just how much rain we had to contend with. When sand becomes saturated with rain you know you’ve had quite a bit.

For this photo it was a matter exercising patience. Once I had framed the puddle in the foreground it was just a waiting game for the sun to catch the clouds just right to produce the angelic sunbeams.

Ocean Shores

The City of Ocean Shores occupies the Point Brown peninsula on the Washington coast. Long before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, the peninsula was used by the various local tribes for trading and other purposes. The Chinook, Chehalis, and Quinault Tribes used the area, as well as others that now make up the Quinault Indian Nation.

On May 7, 1792 Captain Robert Gray sailed into the bay and named the area Bullfinch Harbor. Later, Captain George Vancouver renamed the area after Captain Gray, now called Gray’s Harbor. The first white established settler on the Point was Matthew McGee, who settled in the early 1860s. He sold the southern portion of the peninsula to A.O. Damon in 1878 for a trading supply center whose dock extended into the Oyehut channel.

Now the place is your basic tourist destination with a back-to-back hotel’s, shops and restaurants. Still get on the beach or the back bays and you can still have an adventure.

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