The Magnificent Sea Stacks of Harrison Beach… Marvels of Erosion

Once, these two magnificent sea stacks would have been part of the coast. Erosion made them part of the ocean. The evening sun was bathing them in a gentle glow.

I am continuing the exploration of the Oregon Coast on my Friday travel blog. This is part of the Harris Beach series. So far, Peggy and I have given you a tour of the tide pools teeming with interesting sea life. Today I will focus on the sea stacks that adorn the coast. Harris Beach State Park is located next to the town of Brookings, which is just north of the California border. The following photos are taken by both Peggy and me.

Goat (or Bird Island) at Harris Beach SP near Brookings is the largest Island on the Oregon Coast. According to the Audubon Society it is an IBA, an Important Bird Area. And it is. Over 100,000 birds nest there annually, including tufted puffins, a bird I more closely associate with my years of living in Alaska. The island is off-limits to people.
This massive sea stack appeared to have a face looking out toward sea. The rock base made me think of a many legged creature.
A closer view.
The reflection caught our attention here.
Peggy and I wandered among these rocks checking out tide pools.
Later in the day, the tide started coming in. It was time to stop playing in tide pools and start thinking about the sunset.
More color here.
I’ll conclude with this sea stack which was smaller but also colorful. My travel blog next Friday will include human-size rocks, an impressive hole in one of the sea stacks, and drift wood.


Monday’s Blog-a-Book Post… From “It’s 4 AM and a Bear Is Standing on Top of Me” : The shameless shenanigans of Pat the Greyhound and Demon the Black Cat get them fired from ghost guard duty.

39 thoughts on “The Magnificent Sea Stacks of Harrison Beach… Marvels of Erosion

  1. The geology’s fascinating, of course (not to mention the aesthetic appeal) but I must say that second photo really caught my attention. I’m sure the birds are happy to have their own little island that’s safe from at least one kind of predator.

    • There are a string of Islands and sea stacks along the coast that have been set aside as a refuges for sea life, Linda. Goat/Bird Island was the first, If I remember correctly, in 1936.

  2. We’re very interested in watching these posts, Curt. We have an open invitation to visit some friends in Oregon once we are able…and your posts are making that opportunity more and more of interest. (Friends live near the city of Eugene…)

  3. Again you have taken us on a wonderful trip. Oregon has an impressive
    coast and as always nature never fails to thrill.
    I especially fall for the sea stack, our imagination can create much out of
    those photos. Thanks Curt and Peggy


    • It was one of my favorites as well, Peggy. The contrast of the light and dark, the rocks, and the clouds reflected in the water. Sunset and sunrise are always optimum for capturing rock colors, whether I am on the ocean or in the mountains, or out in the desert. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt

    • Hit the coast in Washington and follow it south, Sue. 🙂 Give yourself plenty of time. Preferably make the visit in spring, fall or winter to avoid the summer crowds. And enjoy! –Curt

  4. I adore the Oregon Coast. Fantastic pictures!! I”m actually planning to write a post about Newport soon, that town holds a special place in my heart.

  5. It’s hard not to look at sea stacks like this and think they are alive and could tell some stories if only we spoke the same language. Think of the people and things and storms they have seen and weathered. And just think how old they are!

  6. These are very cool; they almost look like beached creatures. I enjoyed all of your posts this week (Berkeley and pets as well as this one!) We will be in Oregon briefly this summer and hope to catch some seaside scenes like this.

    • Thanks, Lexi. I’ve been having fun with the variety.
      I’m never sure whether the ‘beached creatures’ are heading out to sea or coming in from the sea. 🙂
      If you make it to Oregon and head along the coast, you will be sure to see scenes like this, depending, of course on summer fogs.

  7. Apologies for being so late in commenting. I love this Oregon coast series. We flew down the coast with a passing knowledge of what was there. Wish I had had these glorious posts. We might have extended our trip to see more.

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